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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, 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.

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