I started climbing 15 years ago having learned (where else?) from Boy Scouts. Having graduated from backpacking, peaks quickly became my passion. Lots of rock and ice climbing later I love nothing more than finding challenging lines on peaks less traveled by the masses. Most of my efforts have been in the Colorado Rockies, with a sojourn to the temple of Chamonix to open my eyes to the possibilities.
Skiing is another passion, how can it not be living in Telluride? Normally I free the heel with Telemark gear, but got Baruntse locking it down with Dynafit just made sense to me.
I’ve matured and matriculated through the mountains, spending thousands of hours in the field with the Western State College Mountain Rescue Team in Gunnison. I learned so much about the risks and rewards of the mountains there. I spent 400 plus days in two years working with ajudicated youth in the desert and platueas of Western Colorado. I’ve been working for Josh and the San Juan Outdoor School/Telluride Alpinism for two years, doing everything from leading trips up Telluride’s iconic Wilson group, to teaching the local 8th Grade science class avalanche education.
Over the years I’ve done what I can to learn, and in turn pass on that knowledge. I’ve taken Avalanche Level 1 & 2, instructed the same, become a Wilderness First Responder, been the Training Coordinator of the Western State College Mountain Rescue Team, joined the American Alpine Club, and trained and guided in some of the most extreme terrain in Colorado.
This will be my first trip to the Greater Ranges, and I can’t think of a better pair of partners than Ben & Josh. I’m excited to share the experience with M’Lin as well.
Baruntse is going to be a synthisis of all that I’ve learned and all that I am. See you on the mountain!