Although Nick sometimes claims he’s a Pacific Northwest native, he actually grew up just outside Los Angeles, CA. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds, though. That just meant he got to develop his rock and alpine climbing skills in the natural playgrounds of Joshua Tree National Park and the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. After a number of years guiding on Mt. Shasta and climbing in the Cascades, he now calls Oregon his home. His favorite movie is a three-way tie between The Princess Bride, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Rambo: First Blood. When not guiding or climbing, Nick is a mediocre mountain biker and an even worse skier, but he makes up for it with extreme levels of enthusiasm! And, if you think Nick is a rock star in the mountains, just wait until you hear him play the banjo!
2 expeditions to Ixta and Orizaba, Mexico
27 summits of Mt. Rainier via 4 different routes
6 expeditions to Aconcagua, Argentina
6 expeditions to Denali, Alaska
10+ summits of Mt. Baker, Washington
5 summits of Mt. Shuksan, WA
40+ summits of Mt. Shasta, California, via 6 different routes including multiple ski descents
Various snow, rock, and ice routes in the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Wasatch, and Alaska Range Mountains
Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Trainer
Having said all of this, I have to say that my 6-day Alaska course and my Denali climb last year were the highlights of my life! The 6-day class by itself was extremely fun, interesting, and educational.