After growing up in New England, Phil has spent the last 16 years pursuing life in the mountains. In that time, he has lived in Montana, Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, California, Argentina and now Washington, learning as much about his local mountain ranges as possible through backcountry travel, mountain guiding and scientific research. He worked for 7 years with Prescott College instructing avalanche and alpine climbing courses and has taught for avalanche centers and schools around the West. He has also done extensive research in the mountains, focusing on snow science, meteorology and snow hydrology. These days you’ll find Phil seeking out fresh ski lines, splitter cracks, or pouring over weather models trying his best to negotiate with the atmosphere.
Take 5 with the Guide
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
Grape nuts. Seriously.
What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
Probably Mount Washington with my dad when I was just a wee lad
Dream rope team / climbing partner for your dream climb?
Gym climbing with Bill Murray
When you’re not guiding?
Picnics and punk music
Most people don’t know that…
I’ve been struck by lightning 2.5 times
Denali by several routes, including ski descents
Sultana Ridge, Mt Foraker
Harvard Route, Mount Huntington
Eastern Alaska Range Ski traverse (Black Rapids to Cantwell)
Wishbone Ridge, Mt Robson
Skyladder, Mt Andromeda (Ski Descent)
El Capitan by 3 routes
Liberty Ridge, Mt Rainier
Mount Baker, 25+ ascents including ski descents
Complete North Ridge, Mt Stuart
Torment-Forbidden Traverse in a day
Wilderness First Responder/CPR
AIARE Pro 2
AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Ski Guide Course
Leave No Trace Master Educator