Staff

  • Cisco T
    APD of Course Quality & Safety
    "I believe that exploring wild places, both inner and outer, are essential to living a vibrant life."
  • Cisco has worked for COBS for 8 years. Since his start in 2007 he’s been a Course Director, Trainer, Lead Instructor, Assistant Instructor, and Logistics Staff. Cisco works out of the Leadville Mountain Center and has worked out of the Marble and Silverton basecamps, as well as the Odin Falls Basecamp in Oregon. He has instructed a wide variety of courses: long format mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, backcountry ski and snowboard, winter expeditions, veterans courses, and short-format contract courses. Cisco is now the Associate Program Director of Course Quality & Safety for the Rocky Mountain Program.

    Cisco has a BA in English and Spanish from Colorado State University (graduated magna cum laude, with honors). He holds a Wilderness First Responder (WMA), Level II Avalanche Certification (AIARE), and Single Pitch Instructor (AMGA). He is a member of the AMGA, and the American Avalanche Association. Cisco began his adventure education career with Colorado State University’s Outdoor Adventure Program, and he has also worked for Deer Hill Expeditions, the High Mountain Institute, Colorado Mountain College and Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. Cisco has worked as a freelance writer and substitute teacher, but wilderness education is his heart’s work.

    When Cisco was 17-years-old he completed a 3-week Outward Bound course in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado and has been involved in wilderness pursuits and adventure education ever since. Cisco lives with his wife and son in Leadville, where he loves living life by the seasons: climbing, hunting and food preservation in the fall; skiing, sewing and reading in the winter; desert treks and sprouting plants in the spring; and rocky mountain expeditions to beat the summer heat. Yoga, hot springs, dancing, fathering and husbanding are year-round favorites. He has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, but Colorado will always be home. Cisco believes that exploring wild places, both inner and outer, are essential to living a vibrant life.

    Cisco Tharp Secondary Photo