I am a professional educator, accomplished adventurer and celebrated storyteller from Colorado’s Western Slope. I embody over two decades of professional experience, expert technical skills and hard-earned wilderness wisdom. I am one of the preeminent adventure guides, backcountry trainers and outdoor educators based in the American West. I specialize in training elite teams and experienced leaders to excel in challenging and austere environments while maximizing logistical efficiencies, tactical advantage and strategic excellence.
I pursued my formal education at Prescott College, Fort Lewis College and Harvard University. Additionally, I've completed AIARE Level Three, Instructor and Course Leader trainings and AMGA TRSM and Ski Guide courses. Since receiving my BA in Adventure Education in 1999, I've worked as a rock, mountain, splitboard and river guide, professional ski patroller, avalanche educator, wilderness medicine trainer, SAR technician and collegiate faculty member. Currently, I lead ski mountaineering adventures, off-piste alpine tours, split-board expeditions, high mountain hut trips, backcountry skills/search and rescue/tactical/industrial and avalanche training courses for recreational users, mountain professionals, military and law enforcement groups .
I am a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, veteran Course Leader for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, senior faculty at Silverton Avalanche School, lead splitboard guide, avalanche educator and tactical trainer at San Juan Mountain Guides. I oversee educational programs and professional contacts as a trustee on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the San Juans.
When I'm not in the field, I can be found producing digital art; utilizing writing, photography, audio and video pieces to share my story and the stories of others. I enjoy conducting product research, testing and design for a myriad of outdoor equipment manufacturers and I am an independently contracted safety officer and logistician for backcountry media projects and mountain film productions. I welcome you to follow all of my adventures on my blog.