Ski Mountaineering and Travel Resume




South America


•The Frey and San-Martin Jakob Refugio Hut System :  Bariloche, Argentina

Hiked 60 lbs food and supplies once every 5-7 days into the mountains through various routes.  Traveling unguided, using maps and local knowledge through the Parque National Nahuel Huapi, I spent 30 days exploring these mountains solo and with friends.

•Volcan Lanín (3,776 m Volcano) :  Neuquén, Argentina and Villarrica National Park, Chile

-Summited via Tromen Lake, ARG NE 8,600’ Randonee Ascent and SE face 8,000’ Ski Descent. Slept at the trailhead and made the ascent and descent in under 10 hours.


•Volcan Villarrica (2,860 m Volcano) : Pucon, Chile

Summited, saw lava!!, and ski-raced down from the crater as an athlete in Avalancha En El Volcan free-ride ski competition. Had a blast!

•La Chimenea : La Parva, Farellones, Chile

Ski Randonee ascent and downhill descent through the chute and runout.

•Fundo Yerba Loca National Park

Randonee ski toured to a Marmot dome tent in the middle of these mountains.  We toured to and skied lines from this base that had been constructed and left in the mountains June-September 2016 as a social experiment. We helped disassemble and finish the project September 23rd hoping to have the tent in the mountains for locals and visitors to utilize again next season.

North America

•Cascade Volcanic Range:

Mt. Hood Volcano- Ascended South side: Timberline Lodge to Hogback Ridge through Pearly Gates Couloir. Descended- Newton Clark Headwall (Old Chute) on June 28, 2016

South Sister Volcano- Boot-packed, summited, and skied South Sister Volcanoe from Devils Lake Trail Head.


I skied and explored Glacier Bay National Park outside of Haines Alaska for 4 1/2 days.  My group, 4 of us total, took a private 2 seater plane up onto the glacier and were dropped with 3 weeks worth of food, a Snowtrekker Expedition Base Camp tent, and Pfeiffer the Alaskan Malamute for a week of skiing and exploring.  We we’re picked up after 4.5 days due to warm weather and increasing avalanche activity.  I stopped counting avalanches after I head/saw #40.  I learned quite a bit about variable snow and glacial travel in those four days.

I also, skinned, summited, and skied Old Faithful, Haines, AK before our plane drop.

•Alta Ski Area:
I spent winter 2015/16 in the Wasatch National Forest in Utah educating myself on backcountry skiing, alpine touring, and avalanche safety. December-April of 1016 I ski toured nearly 100K vertical feet at the ends of Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon and along the Superior/Emma Ridgeline.  This winter I gained the following certifications: Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, CPR, First Aid, AIARE Avalanche Safety Level 1, Backcountry 101.

• Mt.Hood:

–South Side–
*Attempt at Summit May 4 2015- Turned Around from Whiteout Conditions

*Successful Summit May 6 2015- Hogsback Ridge and Pearly Gates Ascent/ Nelson Clark Headwall Descent on Skis

*Numerous Summer Day Hikes Up/Ski Down Southeast of Crater Rock

–North Side–

*Day Ascent Using Tilly Jane and Coopers Spur Trails Past Shelter to Eliot Glacier

–West Side–

*Two McNeil Point Ascents to Sandy Glacier and Ice Caves

• Michigan:
-Pictured Rocks Five Day Backpacking Trip
-Little Presque Island Three Day Backpacking Trip
-Little Garlic River Three Day Backpacking Trip
-Many Unknown and Unmarked Trails and Trips Around the Northern Lake Superior Region

• Downhill Ski Racing:

-University of Michigan Ski Team Captain

-U.S.S.A. (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) Racing

-F.I.S. (International Ski Federation) Racing

-North American F.I.S. 2007 Mid-America Race Series Qualifier/Racer

-Three Time U.S.S.A. Central Division Junior Olympic Race Team Member 2004-2006

*2nd Place at Junior Olympic Qualifying Speed Event Race 2005

-Steamboat Springs Dew Tour Speed Event Racer Top 10 2005

-Winter Park Ski Team Member 2002-2005

-Clarkston High School Division 1 Ski Team Captain 2007-2009

-High School Top 10 State Finalist All Events All Years Nastar National Championships 2nd Place 2001

Ireland (Solo Travel) March-June 2014

*Hiked/Bus/Train Across County Lines

*WWOOF Employee Off-Grid Homestead South Kerry County

*HelpX Northern Ireland Belfast Hostel Employee

*Biked and Hiked South West Peninsulas

*Summited Unnamed Mountain in County, Mayo Using Topo-Map and Sun As Compass

-Poland May 2014 (One Week)

*Warsaw and Krakow Heritage Journey

*Met Family for First Time

*Holocaust Studies Visited Many Historic Sites Including 3 Camps

-Atenas, Costa Rica June-July 2013

*Performed Social and Environmental Research Sponsored by Costa Rican Government
-Eco-Tourism, Coffee Farming and Species Migration Etc.

*Home base at Biological Station in Abandoned Soap Factory in the Jungle

*Weekend Trips to Biological Stations Across the Country for Education and Research *Day Trips with Peers to Various Sights Across the Country

-England August 2010

*Studied Music and Art Culture Across the Country with Northern Michigan University Peers

*Visited Historical Sites Such as Stonehenge

Living Life Above 8,000 Feet

The altitude affects everything from the tree line to the carbonation in a bottle of bubbly.  I’m waitressing to earn my keep here at the Rustler Lodge in Alta, Utah and popping bottles in the dining room is part of the gig.  The warmer the bottle, the higher the pressure.


The higher the hike, the thinner the air.  Upon acclimating to the elevation, I am beginning to feel living at the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon; especially now that I don’t huff & puff quite as much up a flight of stairs as I used to. Every day the lungs are feeling  stronger, which makes earning my turns ever enticing.


The first storm cycle nuked a rocking 52 inches.  This should be the norm for the area, but unfortunately Alta Ski Area hasn’t broken 500 inches in a year since 2009 according to The beauty of mountain culture is the general collective happiness to be alive and in the mountains. There is nothing like living about 8,000 feet with others who share that same thirst for high altitude adventure.  Here in Little Cottonwood Canyon, optimism and hope fill the air as all the guests and locals cross their frosty toes.




Oregon V. Utah

From laws to landscapes Oregon and Utah span the scale of uniqueness.

Oregon ranks high in its moon like volcanic structures that pierce the sky and illuminate the eye.


View of Mt. Hood from Burnt Lake Oregon

Utah on the other hand, is chalk full of peaks; many of which happen to be connected unlike the Cascade Range of volcanoes that pimple the west coast.


Unknown Mountain Range SE Adjacent to Utah Lake

Oregon’s forests are moss covered and fairy filled.  I’ve never hiked in anything so lush without having to cross country boarders.


Punchbowl Falls, Columbia River Gorge Oregon

Don’t let the desert fool you, the water is Utah is steamy and dreamy.

Diamond Fork Hot Springs Uinta National Forest Utah

I will say, I miss the west coast ocean swells…

Cape Lookout Oregon, Falcon Cove Oregon, San Juan Islands Washington

…and the epic spring/summer mountaineering.

Mt. Hood Summit 11,240 ft.

Its silly to compare volcanos to mountains, or oceans to hot springs when they’re all equally as nourishing in their own light.  Any experience at the same destination is going to be a new journey.  Comparing, analyzing, and thinking in general keeps us from “living” in the NOW: which is where I want to be.  Here I am Utah!  Let’s be friends.