Date Of Birth: January 4
Hometown: Elkins, WV
Current Location: Ridgway, CO
Favorite Zone: San Juan Mountains
Proudest Achievement: 6th Female IFMGA Mountain Guide in U.S.
Favorite Advocacy Org: The Access Fund
Over the past three decades I've become one of the most accomplished Mountain Guides in the U.S. My career has provided me with endless adventures, rewards and the satisfaction of providing others with experiences of a lifetime. I pride myself in and find it fulfilling to give back to others and my profession. In 2001, I earned a Master of Arts degree for my work in International Mountain Conservation. In 1998, I helped a friend and colleague achieve his dream of being the first amputee to summit Mt. Everest. I organized a clean up with our Sherpa team that removed over 1000 kilos of trash and 100 discarded oxygen bottles from the mountain. I've raised $33,000 for the dZi Foundation over the course of two successful all-women's expeditions to Ama Dablam and Mt. Elbrus, contributing to their work in Nepal and fueling my passion to climb with women. I was the first female to work as an instructor and examiner for the AMGA in rock, alpine and ski disciplines. I spend my winters heli-ski guiding and forecasting close to home where I am happily married and have the cutest dog in the world named Grommet.
- How did you get involved with your respective sport?: I grew up playing in the woods and climbing trees well before I knew rock climbing existed. When I went to college, I learned the ropes quickly and became addicted to climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing through Prescott College's Adventure Education Program.
- Who were your influences early in life?: Winnie the Pooh, Lynn Hill, Reinhold Messner, Catherine Destivelle, Royal Robbins and David Lovejoy.
- What draws you to the outdoors?: Fresh air, aesthetics and symmetry in nature satisfy something in me that is deep rooted. My heart sings, and I feel like a little girl giddy with joy outdoors. It is where I am supposed to be. Playing on rocks and sliding on snow makes me happier than anything.
- What do you like about SCARPA as a brand?: SCARPA is the best Italian footwear on the market, fits me like a glove and covers all the disciplines I pursue year-round. I've had the opportunity to work and climb with many people behind the brand that has further instilled there is no better company out there.
- Why do you trust SCARPA products?: Everything about SCARPA has integrity and long standing roots that go back nearly nine decades. SCARPA stands behind their products and their people 100%. They are all climbers and skiers and dedicated to fine craftsmanship that makes the product the best.
- What gets you out of bed on big days?: My wife who is always up by 4:00 a.m., our little Boston Terrier “Grommet” and a cup of espresso.
- What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Playing with Grommet.
- Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: LaCroix bubbly water with a splash of Cranberry Juice.
- If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Live your Life - T.I.
- What's the last movie that made you cry?: Just about every movie makes me cry.
- What's your dream trip or expedition?: The Antarctic Ski Cruise with Ice Axe Expeditions, hands down. Ski mountaineering on the peninsular surrounded by penguins, albatross, seals and whales plus the opportunity to work with a world-class guide team is as good as it gets.
- What makes a good adventure partner?: Someone who can be completely in the moment, pay attention, have my back and encourage but compete with me all at the same time. Must have a good sense of humor, sense of adventure and not take themselves too seriously.
- Two truths and a lie: I was a Princess in the Mountain State Forest Festival. I used to play guitar in a Rock and Roll band. I'm learning how to ride a unicycle at the age of 54.