I’m a product of New England. I grew up in New Hampshire, went to college in Massachusetts for mechanical engineering, and then started working in Connecticut for the first 10 years of my career. Those years were working for companies producing products very different than consumer outdoors products like I do now. During my time in Connecticut I started climbing, hiking, and backpacking more. Eventually I knew I wanted to move near bigger mountains and that brought me to Utah.
What do you like about Blue Ice philosophy
I like the idea of functional minimalism as put by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Your mountain specialty
I’m a generalist so that means I’m not very good at anything J. I get most excited about alpine climbing. Long days on rock, snow and/or ice are the most satisfying to me.
Your worst memory in the mountains
Massive rockfall and resulting avalanche that nearly took my partner and I out on a trade route in Utah called Stairway to Heaven.
A mountain ritual
I like having my bag packed neatly and having everything in a spot I can get to it quickly--I usually don’t succeed.
Your favorite Blue Ice product
I haven’t used enough products from Blue Ice to decide yet.
Your dream route
Cassin Ridge on Denali
“Geologic time includes now.” -Gerry Roach
Your secret spot for :
Rock climbing: Utah deserts have so many rarely visited crags like the San Rafael Swell.
Ice Climbing: The Great White Icicle, because the secret is it might be the most climbed multi-pitch ice route in the world.
Ski touring: Anything that you have to walk a little farther for in the Wasatch.
Favorite mountain hut: Harvard Cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While the Whites are very small compared to most in the US West or in Europe, it is quite deadly and has some of the most difficult weather to climb in. I have stayed at the cabin a number of times and I have always had a great time meeting new people and catching up with the caretakers.