Matt moved to the Rockies in 1998 to begin graduate school at the University of Colorado – Boulder. While completing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, he dedicated much of his spare time to exploring the mountains and deserts of the American West.
The combination of individual challenge, aesthetic beauty and desire to get off the beaten path, have all conspired to form Matt’s siren song of the outdoors. From his backyard in Eldorado Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park, climbing has taken him all over the country and world. Some of his favorite trips thus far include: ascending many of the Colorado 14ers, being awed by the history and scale of Yosemite, scaling peaks in Wyoming’s Wind River Range and Nevada’s Red Rocks NRA and exploring the unique limestone cliffs of Thailand.
Each season, long before the temperature drops and the snow flies, Matt’s thoughts will turn white and powdery. To him, there is nothing more satisfying than earning his turns in the backcountry – far away from the crowd of the ski resorts. Deep powder, perfect corn, steep chutes, open bowls, alpine glades, and everything in between – sliding on snow will always bring a smile to Matt’s face. When there is snow on the ground, Matt will typically by found chasing powder in Colorado, Utah, Alaska or Canada. Long after the resorts close, he will be seeking out steep and remote lines in the backcountry.
His analytical mind, desire to teach, and passion for the outdoors have drawn him to the profession of guiding. Matt is an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide. He is also an AIARE Certified L1 Instructor.