Travis is a passionate person who gives his all to whatever he does. Born and raised in the Mideast (most call it the Midwest) he was an avid skateboarder, then a committed cat-fisherman. Immediately after graduating with honors in Physics, the mountains beckoned him west where his focus shifted to traveling and then mountain climbing. He keeps life exciting by frequently moving to new cultures and working different jobs. Travis fits in equally well with rugged construction workers and tutoring young children in Ecuador.
To Travis, mountain climbing represents a perfect combination of extreme physical and mental challenges. Mountaineers push their bodies beyond their understood capabilities, but it is intelligence, creativeness, and mental strength that ultimately keep them alive out there. The mountain is also a perfect combination of the most magical and horrible environments known to man. Climbers love the fight through the savage world of ice, and the reward of truly exotic beauty.
West Rib, Denali, Alaska
Tharpu Chuli, Annapurna Range, Nepal
Ham & Eggs, Moose’s Tooth, Alaska
Liberty Ridge, Mt. Rainier, Washington
Englishman’s Route in winter, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Great White Wall, Black Canyon, Colorado
Northeast Couloir, Grant Teton, Wyoming
Mean Green, Cody, Wyoming
Serpentine Arête, Dragontail, Washington
North Ridge, Mount Stuart, Washington
Mount Baker, Washington
N. Face and Fischer Chimneys, Mt. Shuksan, Washington
Alexander’s Chimney, Longs Peak, Colorado
Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
Avalanche Level 2
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.