Dave was born in Virginia and did his first rock climbs at the age of 12 in Seneca Rocks, WV. The infamous ‘Gendarme’ was still standing. It would be another 8 years before he would start climbing again. In 1991 he moved to San Diego, Ca to follow his passion of surfing ,which he grew up doing since he was 5 years old! Shortly after he discovered how accessible rock climbing was and he found solace in a new activity that provided the same adventure and peace that surfing once provided but was lost in the maddening crowds of southern California. He cut his teeth on the smooth rounded eggs of Mt. Woodson, learned to plug cams at Joshua Tree National Monument (yes it was a monument at one time) and Tahquitz/ Suicide Rocks provided his first forays into long, adventurous traditional routes. Dave began exploring the center of the universe in Yosemite National Park in 1996 where he did his first big wall climbs. At 25 years old he began pursuing a career in rock guiding while volunteering as a rock climbing leader at San Diego State University where he earned a BAS degree in Physical Geography. From 1999 – 2014 he worked as professional climbing guide throughout California, he even earned the AMGA’s highest level Rock Guide certification as well as eventually developing the nationally recognized curriculum taught by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute. From 2006 – 2014 he was 1 of 10 full mountain guides for the Yosemite Mountaineering School (YMS) in Yosemite National Park. He has guided multiple ascents of El Capitan, Half Dome as well as all other major formations within the Park including Tuolumne Meadows. He successfully guided both the first ascents of El Capitan by a quadriplegic as well as a man who has a highly advanced form of cerebral palsy. His pursuits are not solely limited to rock climbing, he has also claimed numerous Ice ascents of rarely formed lines both in southern California, Nevada and hard repeats of the long difficult lines that grace the south fork of the shoshone river valley in Cody, Wyoming. In the summer of 2014 he retired from YMS to spend more time at home with his wife and 6 year old son, and to continue establishing routes of all styles and grades up to 5.12d at local crags in the eastern sierra as well as alpine routes in the local high country. He continues to guide in the eastern sierra and work for the local school district in Mammoth Lakes.
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