As a young boy growing up in New England I was fascinated by the natural world. I developed a keen interest in watching birds and other wildlife. Later in high school I was introduced to rock climbing and immediately fell in love with the vertical world. I continued to develop my climbing skills while attending the University of Maine and began instructing for Maine Bound, the outdoor adventure program at the university.
After receiving my degree in wildlife biology, I participated in many environmental research projects studying everything from songbird nesting habits to global warming. In 1992 I moved to Alaska and began guiding full time, leading white-water rafting trips on the Kenai Peninsula and wilderness adventures in Denali National Park
In 1996 I started instructing for the National Outdoor Leadership School. I worked for 16 years as a senior instructor for NOLS teaching rock climbing and mountaineering courses, developing curriculum and conducting staff trainings. NOLS provided me with the opportunity to visit wild places for extended periods of time. As a result, I got to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with young people who were excited to learn about the world around them.
In addition, I have been a professional photographer and writer for the past fifteen years. My work has appeared in various publications including Climbing Magazine, The American Alpine Journal, National Geographic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, INC Magazine,Patagonia, Black Diamond, Globe/Pequot Press and NOLS. I have also given over 200 multi-media presentations about my adventures.
When I am not working, I am pursuing my own adventures in a variety of mountain landscapes worldwide. My expeditions have taken me to fifteen different countries on four continents. From long traverses in the Winds and Tetons Mountains of WY, to Grade VI big walls in Pakistan, to mixed ascents in Patagonia, to crossing the Gobi desert by camel, I enjoy it all.