After a decade chasing other dreams in Chicago, my wife and I moved our growing family to the hinterlands of Sauk County, Wisconsin in 2013 so we could raise our two boys (and some chickens) on fresh air and purple quartzite. I have been a climber for longer than I like to admit, but my love for the sport and its varying challenges keeps bringing me back, year after year. I love writing/talking about/photographing climbing almost as much as I do climbing itself; you can read my thoughts on my blog, Committed Daily.
When I'm not busy with my family, climbing projects, hobby farm or day job, you can usually find me with a coffee and a book or guitar. While I read at a post-grad level, the same cannot be said for my musical abilities, where I'm a firm believer in the “if you can't sing well, sing loud” doctrine. My occasional outbursts of off-tempo, out-of-key singing, combined with my Clavin-esque compulsion to recite meaningless trivia, will almost undoubtedly make your time with me more memorable, if not more educational.
I have climbed throughout the Western Hemisphere, from South America to Alaska, guiding rock, ice and alpine climbing in Wisconsin, Michigan, Wyoming and Ecuador. I hold current Wilderness First Aid certification and I am a member of both the American Mountain Guides Association and the American Alpine Club.