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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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Joshua Tree

There is probably no better place on earth than Joshua Tree National Park to accomplish the 3 'R's: Rest, Relaxation, and Rock climbing. I managed a healthy dose of all of it except maybe the rest. The climbing in Joshua Tree is a bit like being in a Dr. Seuss story. Rounded and pocketed granite domes dot the landscape jutting up in between large expanses of twisted joshua trees.

The fall weather is a perfect balance of warm days that nev
er get too hot and crisp nights. The full moon one night lit up the light colored rock formations and seemed like daylight. The climbing in Joshua Tree is characterized by extremely good friction and parallel sided cracks splitting the awesome formations.

Joshua Tree is truly a world class rock climbing destination and I cannot wait to go back next year!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Its been a while I know but life on the road doesn't make the internet too accessible. Anyway, It is the wonderful month of Rocktober. What makes Rocktober special? The weather is still good. not to cold but not too hot. It is the perfect time to climb almost anywhere in the northern hemisphere. I took my first trip to the climbing Mecca of Yosemite. Even though the place risks being loved to death the rock climbing is unbeatable. enough jibber jabber though,the pictures tell the story best.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The End

My last trip on Rainier this season was bitter sweet. Weather reports and communications with camp Muir made it seem as if we might not make it to Camp Muir. Passing climbers descending in goggles and full Gore-Tex was not particularly encouraging either. Our group was determined to get as high on Mount Rainier as the weather would allow.

Luckily the weather calmed enough to allow us to ascend and the next day we woke up to beautiful blue skies. That night we climbed under a 3/4 moon to the nose of the Disappointment Cleaver around 12,000ft where the icy slopes and fresh snow drifts made the climb unsuitable for beginner mountaineers. it was a tough decision to turn around but it was absolutely the correct one. It is decisions like that that keep us safe in the mountains.