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
I was extremely impressed with the AAI Denali climb. It exceeded my expectations and reaching the summit of Denali was one of the best experiences of my life. The guides were awesome, the logistics were well taken care of, and safety was always paramount.