I’ve always had a passion for teaching others, and received my bachelors degree in elementary education. After college an enthusiasm for backpacking and traveling in the mountains led to a love of climbing. This has taken me all over the country making ascents of everything from short roadside rock climbs to big walls to big peaks in the wilderness. In 2008 The American Alpine Institute gave me a chance to combine my passion for climbing with my enthusiasm for teaching others.

I live and guide in the Sierra Nevada, one of North America’s best mountain playgrounds. I round the year out with forays to Red Rocks, Joshua Tree, Moab, Washington’s Cascades, and Alaska. As a guide I get to spend time with people who are excited to learn and be in the mountains. Their excitement is contagious and I love to come up with great itineraries for them. These environments need human allies to protect them. One of the most important things I can do is facilitate people falling in love with wild places.

Some folks dream of standing on top of a certain peak or route and we work together to make that dream happen. Others are climbers with some experience who want to build on and broaden their existing skill set. I pass on tools and create situations so they come away with what they need to achieve big personal goals.

I am an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.