For more than 20 years I’ve called Aspen and Colorado home, and I take every opportunity to get out in the mountains to challenge myself– be it on foot, skis, or bike, whatever the season, I love long days in the mountains.
As a ski mountaineer I was the 3rd person to successfully climb and ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. Building on that (along with my wife Christy and friend Chris Davenport) I have climbed and skied the 100 highest peaks in Colorado, a.k.a. the Centennial Peaks. It was an accomplishment that hasn’t been repeated and which earned us the award of National Geographic’s Adventurer’s of the Year for ski mountaineering.
I’ve climbed mountains all around the world including Denali, Ama Dablam, and Mount Everest. I’ve skied in Norway, Iceland, and made the first descent of Gunnbjornfjeld’s North Face, the tallest mountain in Greenland. I’ve skied in the Alps and Canada including the Wapta Traverse and grueling 10-day Bugaboos to Rogers Pass Traverse. Back in the states I’ve logged many ski descents of mountains such as the Grand Teton, summits of the Eastern Sierras, and the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest including Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount Hood, and Mount St. Helens.
On the endurance front, I’ve completed the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse 15 times now, and in the summer months have discovered a love of ultra distance races. I’ve completed the Leadville, Wasatch, and six Bear 100 milers, as well as eight finishes at the Hardrock 100, most of which were in the top ten. I have finishes at nearly 50 ultra running events, and I have never had a DNF.
In 2016 I became the 15th person to complete the Nolan’s 14 course, in the relatively fast time of 55:39. The near 100 mile course climbs 14 14,000 foot peaks and must be completed in under 60 hours. Other FKT courses I’ve completed are the Grand Canyon Rim-toRim-to-Rim (twice), the Zion Traverse, and a couple dozen laps on the Four Pass Loop outside of Aspen.
I’ve chosen to build my professional life around being in the mountains as well. In the winter months I work as a ski instructor with the Aspen Skiing Company. Now in my 19th season in that role I’ve come to enjoy exploring what Aspen and the other ski areas have to offer while sharing the mountain experiences I’ve had with those that I ski with. In the summer months I’m in a similar line of work, as a guide, showing people the trails and summits of Aspen. Through it all I’ve found myself in some beautiful places and have also turned a childhood hobby of photography into a freelance line of work. I have my photography featured in books and magazines in all areas of outdoor and mountain activities.
You can follow the adventures with my wife Christy at our blog— Stuck in the Rockies.