The Process

Choosing to pursue the path of becoming a mountain professional is not only fairly indistinct, but a rare choice for most individuals. While I have just begun the process to become a fully-certified mountain guide, I believe my drive for sharing the mountain experience in a responsible way to my guests is strong and that my combined skill set will provide a worthwhile and low-risk journey into the mountains. My motto: stay safe, stay stoked!


Rock Guiding

Currently I am an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide and AMGA-certified Single Pitch Instructor. The AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) is the sole US member of the international association of mountain guiding, the IFMGA, who sets the standards internationally for guide training. This training permits me to operate under these conditions: -lead guide for any rock climbing operation that involves non-technical approach/descent without intermediate belays, -assistant guide for any rock climbing operation up to grade III with technical approaches/descents at the 2:1 ratio. Due to experience climbing or guiding in western North Carolina; Boulder, CO; Squamish, BC; Smith Rock, OR; Red Rocks, NV; and the eastern Sierra, CA (Tuolumne, Yosemite Valley, Bishop, and High Sierra regions), I have an array of skills to apply to a variety of rock situations. Currently I am available for private instruction and coaching; contact me for details.

Work Experience:

  • Assistant Guide - Sierra Mountain Center. Assisted with guiding alpine rock routes in the High Sierra, CA.
  • Youth Climbing Coach - Climb n' Conquer Project. Provided bouldering movement skills improvements to at-risk youth climbers in 1:1 private sessions.
  • Climbing Director - Eagle's Nest Camp. Developed/taught rock climbing curriculum to youth ages 6-18 years old ranging from introductory climbing skills to multi-pitch climbing experiences and traditional gear placement.

Certifications:

  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide (passed Rock Guide course)
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • WMI Wilderness First Responder (80-hr advanced wilderness first aid training)

Notable Ascents:

  • Stawamus Chief - 7x (5x mock guided), IV 5.9, 23 pitches
  • Monkey Face - 2x (1x guided), III 5.8 A0, 4 pitches
  • Full traverse of the Smith Rock Group (IV 5.9X A1)
  • Royal Arches - Mock guided (III 5.7 A0, 15 pitches)
  • Climbing lead experience: 5.10b trad, 5.11a sport

Splitboard Guiding

Currently I have ran trips focused on backcountry snowboarding, but have guided backcountry skiing as well. I have nearly 200 total days riding in the backcountry of the Coast Mountains of Canada, Cascade Range of Washington state, Interior Ranges of British Columbia (Selkirks, Purcells), and the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In addition, my research pertaining to snow avalanches assists in understanding snowpack structure and avalanche dynamics. Hence due to my vast experience across many regions, as well as my research interests, you can be assured you'll have a safe and enjoyable experience in the winter backcountry environment! At this time I am not available for avalanche instruction or private guiding; please check back or contact me for any trip inquiries! 

Certifications:

  • Canadian Avalanche Association Operation Level 1
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 2
  • AST (Canadian Avalanche Center) Level 1
  • WMI Wilderness First Responder (80-hr first aid training)

Notable Experience:

  • Splitboard descent of Mount Baker in a day (10,781ft) 
  • Splitboard descent of Mount Matier in a day (2783m, 45 degree snow)
  • Numerous descents of steep, technical lines in Whistler-Blackcomb BC (DOA, Cham Chutes, Decker Fingers, etc ranging from 40-55 degrees)
  • Remote hut/winter camping trips lasting up to 5 days
  • Instruction of winter survival/snowcave design trips

Alpine/MOUNTAINEERING Guiding

I have experience running trips focused towards glacier travel and crevasse rescue, as well as general mountaineering skills. I have many seasons of experience leading trips in highly glaciated terrain, including trips to Mount Baker and Mount Rainier in WA. In addition, I have experience in alpine rock terrain ranging from the Bugaboos, to the Colorado Rockies alpine, to the Sierra Nevada alpine. At this time I am not available for private trips or instructional courses; please check back or contact me for additional details!

Work Experience:

  • Assistant Guide - Sierra Mountain Center. Assisted with guiding alpine rock routes in the High Sierra, CA.

Certifications:

  • WMI Wilderness First Responder (80-hr first aid training)

Notable Experience:

  • Weekly instruction of crevasse rescue systems and snow anchors in beach environment
  • Annual instruction of basic glacier skills workshop (self arrest, crevasse rescue, basic glacier travel)
  • Guided clients at the 2:1 ratio up the Mtneers route on Mount Whitney, CA; and SW Ridge of Cypress Peak, BC (both 4th class snow/ice/rock)
  • Climbs in High Sierra - Mt. Whitney Mtneers (14,508ft, Class 4 Snow/Rock/Ice), Venusian Blind (IV 5.7 15 pitches, 12,999ft)

Backpacking guiding and expedition planning

I have experience leading many backpacking trips along the Sierra Crest, the Moab area, and around Colorado. In addition, I've worked in expedition and food planning for trips lasting up to 23 days.

Notable Experience:

  • Guided and planned 2 consecutive 23-day John Muir Trail trips (23 days, 220 miles, 50,000 feet of elevation gain and descent)