When I was basically a toddler, my mother would put me in little plastic skis and throw me into the backyard so I could entertain myself while she made dinner. Eventually, I would figure out how to walk up the tiny hill and slide back down. I’ve been addicted to skiing ever since.
The Huascaran ski paired with the Vulcan boot is the ultimate set up for human-powered skiing in big mountains and big conditions. The clothes are made for the level of activity required to move our most ambitious projects.
I am passionate about sharing the human-powered skiing experience. The most important word in that sentence is sharing. As a guide, an athlete, or a storyteller, everything I do is meant to open doors for others in some way.
I strive to simplify my life until nothing is left except pure experiences and core values. I hope that someday there is nothing except nature, community and the time to soak it all in.
I am most proud of the fact that my ambition and skill are both stronger each year. My best years are still ahead, and I am proud of the fact that I have built a foundation that will allow me to chase my biggest dreams.
I am fascinated by “why” we chose to go into the mountains. Why? At its most basic level it is a fruitless endeavor – yet we all know it is not. Moving through the mountains as athletes, at any level, empowers us in unique ways. It is this connection that inspires me at work and play.
I feel very strongly that a good training program significantly enhances an individual’s experience in the mountains. Train “periodically.” This means don’t do the same thing all year. For parts of the year focus on an aerobic base, other parts are for strength and power, others are sport-specific, and others are rest. It’s a complex equation. Make a plan, ask for help, and make it an important part of your life.
I have always wanted skiing to be the focal point of my life. Due to societal pressures to have a “real job” I have experimented with a variety of other occupations. Today I am thrilled to have a broad range of skills to draw on, but skiing is where my talent and ambition align.
Skiing is not simply a test of coordination on clearly define paths that have been arbitrarily ordered by some degree of difficulty – this is called golf. Skiing is a mountain pursuit that offers us the ultimate in individual freedom. I believe more people will search for this freedom and be willing to invest the time it takes to learn the skills required to be independent travelers in the mountains.