Michael’s love of nature is the guiding principle that fuels his motivation and dedication to a outdoors-based, active lifestyle. He is committed to getting outdoors and educating younger generations about the hidden, natural treasures and all the beauty that surrounds us. Michael has been active outdoors most of his life, particularly during the past 15 years where he has been an avid hiker, scrambler, kayaker and mountain climber. In 2010, Michael set out to achieve a personal record for hikes and climbs. In the process, he completed an impressive 92 hikes and 295,000 feet of elevation gain.
During all this activity, Michael managed to further his outdoor experience and skills by enrolling in educational classes, training seminars and mountaineering outings. Michael has completed specialized training in outdoor leadership, snow and glacier travel, crevasse rescue, scrambling, rock climbing, route finding and navigation, teamwork and leadership and snow shelter building. Michael works and lives in the Seattle area. He lives with his wife, nephew and dog. He is an accomplished cook, and will always find the best place for bread, wine, cheese and chocolate. Michael’s work positions him to effectively work with others and motivate teams and individuals to achieve their goals and meet personal expectations.