“It is my goal as an educator and guide to help clients build a connection to place through positive experiences while leading with intention, empathy, and compassion.”
How’d Mike end up working with Expeditions Alaska?
“Carl, I don’t hike in the rain bro.”
I moved to Alaska from Texas in 2009. I have spent my time exploring and enjoying Alaska’s vast backcountry. I am an avid rock climber, ice climber, mixed climber, skier, and a passionate disc golfer.
I have a BA in outdoor studies and an MS in outdoor and environmental education from Alaska Pacific University. I have guided trips with clients since 2013 and have logged over a 100 professional weeks in the field.
Risk Management is core component of all the trips I lead. I begin every expedition with risk management briefings to outline clear expectations for myself and clients. I finish with an in-depth discussion/ safety briefing of objective hazards we could encounter and my plan for mitigation.
I work to maintain open and clear lines of communication between myself and clients to ensure everyone is enjoying themselves and feeling supported during challenging and strenuous moments.
First and foremost I am an educator and I want my clients to walk away with skills and techniques they can apply to other situations.
Avalanche Level 1 & Avalanche Level 2,
National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Course
My focus is education with a goal to create a common language to further our knowledge of the wild places around us.
… to be in the mountains than typing out a bio.
Mike has worked with me for 3 summers now, though I’ve known him for quite a bit longer.
I met Mike through my friend and fellow EA guide, John Calder. Literally the very evening I met him, I knew I wanted him to be a part of our crew. He simply has a wonderful astute vision of wilderness, wilderness leadership and trip management. Mike’s also a total outdoor badass. He has a seemingly infinite array of superb skills in the mountains, and really, really good head on his shoulders.
You’ll love having Mike lead your trip. Trust me.