IFMGA Mountain Guide
For the last two decades I have been establishing first ascents and descents around the globe as a professional climber, skier and photographer. I'm a certified IFMGA mountain guide since April 2015. During the mid 90’s I helped usher in early mixed climbing with many first ascents as well as unrepeated ski descents in my native state of Montana. I began logging trips across the border into the Canadian Rockies when I was a boy and began pushing my abilities on some of Canada’s biggest ice routes when I was in my teens.
In Peru during the 90’s I made first ascents on Caraz III and Santa Cruz Norte as well as an early repeat ski descent of Artesonraju (6025m) and a first descent of the NE ridge on Tocllaraju (6032m). In 1999, at the age of twenty-five, I pioneered first descents on several unnamed 6000m peaks in Tibet during an attempt to ski the south face of Shishapangma (8012m). In 2002 I became the first American male to ski from the summit of an 8000m peak with my descent of ChoOyu (8201m) in Tibet. I continued to establish first descents and ascents in the Himalaya of Nepal with a ski descent of Rakse Peak (5600m) in the Far Far West region and a winter ascent of the East Ridge of Tawoche (6501m). In 2010 I logged twenty-three descents on peaks in the Artic region of Svalbard.
In 2014 I moved my home base from Livingston, Montana to Zawiya Ahansal in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco where I live with his wife and daughter.
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