guide : Pro-Guide Services, White Room Tours
year you started guiding
what guide services do you work for and where?
Pro Guiding Service (North Bend WA), North Cascades Mountain Guides (Mazama WA), White Room Tours (Japan)
I'm stoked to lead courses, tours, and trips for these fine guide services. Throughout the North Cascades from Mount Baker and Washington Pass down to Snoqualmie Pass as well as international trips. From summit shreds down Mt Elbrus in the Caucasus, to the Fjords of Norway, to steeps and cruisers in Alaska, to exceptional trench town powder tours in the hidden untrammeled corners of Japan. On top of this I'm stoked to deliver the daily split stoke to anyone wanting to see what the Baker backcountry is all about!
what do you teach? any specific certifications?
I teach the art of shred in a comprehensive spectrum of courses that cover skill sets for backcountry touring and splitboard mountaineering. These include AIARE 1, AIARE 2, Companion Rescue avalanche courses, splitboard touring, and splitboard mountaineering courses. If you're looking to get into the backcountry for the first time, buff out skills for an upcoming trip, gain avalanche mentorship as you head into pro level avalanche courses, develop a range of skills for your own multi day objectives in glaciated terrain, or just get out for a rip I can help you get there.
After an education at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge gaining a WEMS Certification and in Leadville gaining an AGS in Outdoor Recreation Leadership I now hold certifications and qualifications with the American Mountain Guide Association as an Assistant Splitboard, Assistant Rock, Apprentice Alpine Guide, and Single Pitch Instructor. In addition I have acquired avalanche credentials with an AIARE Level III & AIARE Course Leader certification, and from the American Avalanche Association (A3) as a Professional Member.
what inspired you to become a guide?
Long days in the mountain sharing the limitless mountain stoke with others.
any advice for upcoming guides?
Be patient, Be diligent, Find a mentor, Get the training, and enjoy the ride!
backcountry weapon of choice
Backwoods Carbon Split 160