Date of Birth:
June Lake, California
What is your primary means of adventure, AKA what gets you most psyched?
I’m guilty of saying that my favorite season is the one I’m in at the time. So, the adventures that get me most psyched would be, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, alpine climbing.
Invent your dream adventure by combining five places, disciplines, pitches, peaks, environments, etc.and stacking them together into a combination. Why did you pick each part?
My current dream adventure would be to have a comfy basecamp set up in a remote rock, alpine, ski location where my wife and twin kids could hang and play as I put up a first ascent and decent on an incredible peak.
Describe 5 climbs, trips, or moments that have defined you as a mountain athlete:
- Mt. Bierdstat in Colorado. Getting caught in an avalanche with my partner at the age of 19, started by lifelong learning obsession with snow.
- First time with crampons and ice axes, being stuck to ice as a 16 year old teenager, and being struck by how amazing the situation was.
- First rock climbing lead climb in the Flatirons of Colorado. After that I knew I would do this the rest of my life.
- Getting my IFMGA pin after five years of courses and exams.
- Having kids, and realizing that I was mortal.
Describe your most memorable night in the mountains:
You used to be able to get a permit to camp on top of Half Dome. Early in my mountain life I was out with some friends and we had a permit. It happened to correlate with a wild fire that was raging in the park nearby. That night, the blood red sunset, and being able to see the flames was indelibly burned into my memory.
What has scared or intimidated you as a mountain athlete?
There are many intimidating and scary things in the mountains. If you don’t have fear as a part of decision making process you are not living in reality. That fear and intimidation and the ability to overcome it by making informed decisions about what I am willing to risk is the cornerstone of my longevity mountain decision making process.
What would your adventure partners be most surprised to learn about you from before the time when they met you?
As a second generation mountain guide my partners are most surprised to learn that my athletic career was started in the competitive cycling realm. I traveled the country and the world as a cyclist before I came into my guiding career.
What are your top 5 all‐time favorite pieces of CAMP equipment?
Why are you a CAMP athlete?
The combination of performance, light weight, and innovation make CAMP equipment and vision a perfect fit for me as a mountain guide and athlete.