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 in Montana 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.
9 Denali Expeditions via 2 Routes
Solo Climbs: Tent Peak, Island Peak, Cholo Peak, 6000m, Nepal
Yanapaccha, Peru 17,913′
Cotopaxi, Ecuador 19,347′
Ham & Eggs, Moose’s Tooth, Alaska 18 Pitches, AI4
Mini Moonflower, Alaska 14 Pitches, AI4
Englishman’s Route in winter, Rocky Mountain Park, Colorado 8 Pitches, M6
Great White Wall, Black Canyon, Colorado. 12 Pitches, 5.10+
Harding Route, Keeler Needle, California. 15 Pitches, 5.10C
Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
I thought AAI lived up to its reputation as a great company to climb with. Both guides were very competent and I liked how you required everyone on the team to complete some sort of Prep course. That made the reviewing of skills much easier.