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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Skills for Summits

I came to Alpine Ascents because I like to teach. I enjoy teaching the skills that enable people to make stand on their own feet in the mountains and make good decisions. Mother nature is often a useful assistant. If she brings nice weather, I can teach people how to get the summit. When she brings her fury people learn how to deal with some of the worst weather they have ever experienced. Though often this kind of weather does not come with the satisfaction of standing on a summit. It always teaches valuable lessons about being prepared about surviving, thriving, and, of course, humility. At the end of a trip like this I am left with a vastly greater for all the little things in life.

AAI Shuksan 6-Day

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