I grew up in Europe and moved to the US when I was 10, soon
after at age 13 I started climbing in the Berkshires, New York and New
Hampshire. I moved out to Colorado
to climb in my early twenties. I have been on over 50 expeditions around the
world, spend virtually every spring in Alaska and Fall in Nepal. Between 1996
and 2011 a vast majority of my summers were spent in Pakistan climbing the
In the winter and summer now I live and guide in Aspen,
Colorado and am a co-owner of Aspen Expedition
product: Rebel Ultra GTX, it is a phenomenal alpine boot, it handles
approaches amazingly and can climb rock and ice so well.
What other SCARPA product do you use: Phantom
6 & 8000, Techno X, Tech Ascent GTX – which is the best 14er shoe on the
Your biggest influence growing up: Punk
music – looking back on it I learned to think as an individual from it. There
are so many one liners that influenced me, and continue to.
Biggest idol in your
sport growing up: Voytek Kurtyka, Polish Alpinist from the golden age of
Himalayan alpinism. His ascent of Gasherbrum IV I still think is the greatest
What age did you climbing
start: I started climbing at 13 years of age, rock climbing in upstate New
York and progressed to alpine rock and ice in my late teens.
How would you
describe your style: I try to be as efficient as possible. I have had
moments of glory with minimal equipment and that has brought me the most
What can’t you live
without: Thai Food, morning noon and night it works for me & espresso
What keeps you
motivated: Watching the next generation re-invent alpinism. It helps me
rethink my own strategies and learn.
If you could be a
super hero who: Any super hero that can fly, I would love to avoid some
issue: Hernia above my belly button, sometimes it pokes out like an alien.
Favorite junk food:
Skittles, I love them so much I named my dog after them!
activity drink: PBR, I am over the over hoppy style beer, I am man enough
to admit it.
Best excuse to skip
training: Easy, spending time with my wife.
Go-to dance move:
I wish I had one, I am officially the worst dancer in the world.
Favorite ice cream:
Coffee or tea:
What do you do on off
days: I am in the office at Aspen Expeditions, mounting skis, selling
retail, talking to customers.
Last movie to make
you cry: Charles Bradley: Soul of America
What’s on your ipod:
Everything from The Clash to Cold war Kids
What kind of car do
you drive: F150 with 250,000 miles great for winter and work, in the summer
I drive and Audi A4 – also with 200,000 miles