I always spent time in the outdoors as a kid growing up in Maine. Starting to X-Country and Alpine Ski at a young age, hiking in Acadia year round, and summiting Katahdin annually from grade school through high school and into college.
In 1997 my collegiate gymnastics team was cut. I suddenly had 20hrs a week to do something with. I joined the outing club and began obsessively climbing and kayaking. Soon I was leading trips in rock, ice, kayaking, and backpacking, and learning to tele ski. I was spending most weekends in the Adirondacks or the Gunks, with the periodic trip to the North Conway area, and a few trips a year further afield. I continued by thru-hiking the Appalachian trail in 2000, followed by more trip leading with the Syraucse University Outing Club, and working for the RIT Interactive Adventure program in Rochester NY, teaching climbing, skiing and backpacking.
My Engineering degree led me to Boise ID, where I continued to climb, ski and boat throughout the inter-mountain West. A lay-off moved me into the back of my truck for an extended period of nomadic climbing. I came to North Conway to take my Rock Instructor Course with Art in 2003. I had great plans to keep up the nomadic life, but ultimately married the girl who sold me a rope in town (she couldn't resist the homeless, unemployed guy), with whom I now live with, along with our son and dogs in Brownfield ME. I continue to be a climber with an engineering problem for now...Art does his best to council me on kicking the engineering habit.
- Rock Instructor Course, NH 2003
- AIARE Level 1
- Wilderness First Responder since 2000
- Instructor for RIT Interactive Adventure Program teaching and guiding, X-Country Skiing, Climbing, and Adirondack hiking trips. 2001-2003
- Trip Leader in Rock and Ice Climbing, Whitewater Kayaking, and Backpacking for Syracuse University Outing Club 1998-2002
- Climbing Rock, Ice, and Alpine since 1997, in areas like The Tetons, Yosemite, Squamish, Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Red River Gorge, City of Rocks, The Adirondacks, The Gunks, Acadia, North Carolina, Seneca Rocks, North Cascades, and of course Maine.
- Significant ascents:
- Chouinard Herbert: 5.11c, Grade V, Yosemite, The Sentinal
- Loki’s Tower/West Face link up: 5.9+ Grade V
- Sport Routes to 12a
- Trad Routes to 10+
- Ice to WI5
- Skiing since 1982
- Strong on X-Country, Alpine, and Telemark Equipment.
- BS Electrical Engineering, Syracuse Univeristy, 1999
- MS Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2002
- Through Hike of the Appalachian Trail 2000
- Self Supported Bike Tour from Acadia NP to Puget Sound, WA, 2002
- Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, CrossRate Technology, 2004-2010