Mike got hooked on climbing while kicking around for many summers in the Tetons, a great place for becoming a very strong hiker who climbs some. After moving to Salt Lake, he began dabbling in sport climbing to add to the trad, and has now become a knee barring, stick clip carrying sporto who still knows how to place gear. Mike has been guiding around the Wasatch for almost 20 years, teaching rock and ice skills, and has also guided in the Tetons, Red Rocks, and northern Thailand. He loves sharing the stoke he first felt when he got to the top of a technical climb, and teaching clients to competently enjoy getting out on their own.
Mike’s personal climbing bests continue to improve into his 50s, which begs the question of how badly he’d been underachieving earlier. Most frequently found on Maple cobbles, he still enjoys desert cracks, granite multi pitch, swinging ice tools, and lowball bouldering.
Winter or Summer? Summer for sure, but if there had been a fall option, there’s my checkmark.
Lifetime climbing goals? To keep enjoying it as much as I do now.
What is your first memory of being really psyched? The first time I stood on a technical peak in the Tetons. Holyshitholyshitholyshit. I’ve never felt so big and so small at the same time.