Mike grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he spent summers working as a lifeguard and rifle instructor at a Boy Scout camp. He spent the rest of the year dreaming about his family’s annual ski trip to Colorado. Right after high school, Mike moved to Colorado to hone his skiing skills and to be closer to the mountains.
During college, Mike worked seasonally as a ski instructor and raft guide. Mike started rock climbing while working on his degree in adventure education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He began working for the Colorado Outward Bound School shortly after college and has since guided on peaks like Rainier, Denali, and Aconcagua. He’s spent the last decade climbing and skiing as much as possible, from long rock routes in the desert to frozen waterfalls in Colorado and glaciated peaks in Washington, Alaska, and Argentina, to skiing narrow couloirs all over the West.
Mike loves sharing his passion and knowledge of the mountains and the outdoors. He uses his background in experiential education to foster an appreciation of our wild places, help others learn new skills, and to create unforgettable experiences.
Mike is trained as a Wilderness First Responder, has an AIARE Level 2 avalanche certification and is an AIARE avalanche instructor, and has taken the Ski, Rock, and Alpine Guides Course through the American Mountain Guide Association. He is working to become a fully certified IFMGA guide.