I grew up in the non-mountainous state of Wisconsin and, a couple years after finishing college with a degree in Mathematics, moved to Washington in 1986. It didn't take long for me to start exploring the great outdoors of the Great Northwest. In 1988, I joined the Everett Mountaineers, a local outdoors club, took some courses in wilderness travel and mountain climbing, and eventually progressed to becoming a volunteer instructor and trip leader with them. My passion for being in nature, and sharing that passion with others, has been a focus of my life ever since.
In 1992, I began my first work as a guide, working for the Whidbey Island Naval Station's Outdoor Rec Program. I led many climbs to places like Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, and also continued as a very active leader in the Everett Mountaineers.
I started leading outings for Everett Parks and Recreation in 1995 as a part-time guide, and then as a (more or less) full time job since 1999. I've led hikes, walks, snowshoe trips, cross-country ski trips, bike trips, tours, and various overnight adventures since then. As of the start of 2018, I had led over 2,500 trips.
When I'm not doing trips for Everett Parks, I still love getting out in the mountains on my own or with friends. I'm particularly fond of climbing mountains, and I've now "bagged" over 1,000 summits, mostly in Washington, but also including much of the Western U.S., Canada, and New Zealand.
In 2012, I completed a years-long quest of climbing every one of the 100 highest peaks in Washington, joining a select group of only a few dozen mountaineers to accomplish this very challenging feat. Many of the most difficult climbs in the northwest are among that list.
My current climbing goal is to summit all of the 100 most prominent peaks is the lower 48. As of August 2017, I had done 99 of them, with only Mount Jefferson in Oregon remaining to be climbed. To date, less than 10 have completed this quest.
To those who might be interested, I am happy to share the photos from many of my personal outings, which are cataloged on Flickr.com and my complete climbing record which is logged on a site called Peakbagger.com.