Mike started working with Outward Bound in 2002. He started in Oregon and has since worked in Washington, California, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Utah, and Ecuador. Mike has worked as a Course Director, Staff Trainer, Lead Instructor, and administration. Mike works staff trainings, semester courses, contract courses, Veterans courses – rock climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, canyoneering, rafting & paddlecats, ropes & initiatives courses.
Mike is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. He holds an MA in Contemplative Counseling Psychology and a BS in Recreation Management with an Outdoor Experiential Education concentration. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and in CPR. Mike is working toward AMGA certification in the Ski and Alpine disciplines and holds AIARE Avalanche 1 & 2 Certifications. He has been instructing and guiding since 1993 in Colorado & Utah with the Colorado Mountain School. With Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, he has guided rock and alpine expeditions in the Tetons, WY; Moab, UT; and Red Rocks, NV. He also guides internationally with Mountain Professionals.
Mike works year-round with COBS. When not working COBS courses, he guides backcountry skiing, rock and alpine climbs. He also spends time with his son, Jackson.
Mike’s career and life in the realm of outdoor adventure officially began during his freshman year in college when he started rock climbing with friends after classes in Boone, NC in 1992. Since then, Mike has climbed, kayaked, and skied around the world – endless amazing adventures that have made him who he is today. Even though he has been working as a guide and outdoor educator since he was 19 years old, it was only in his late 30s that Mike finally committed to the profession. Before that, it was something Mike did to make enough money to go climbing, to pay for graduate school, or to afford to live in residential meditation centers during the winters. Mike decided not to pursue a career in psychotherapy after graduate school because he didn’t want to give up his pursuit of mountain adventure; and also because he realized that he has more to offer his clients through facilitating powerful experiences in the natural environment.