Adventure and exploration have always been a centerpiece of Christopher’s being — at 12 years old, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut. Had he been born a few hundred years earlier, he might have been another Magellan, Drake, Cook or Shackleton. Instead, Christopher became committed to the dream of becoming an astronaut to walk in the path of Alan Shepherd, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and a proud list of other great American explorers. Not only did he want to become a part of this elite group of explorers, but he also aimed to be the first American to visit Mars and climb to the summit of its highest peak, Olympus Mons. Olympus Mons, standing at 73,000 feet, is one of the tallest mountains in our solar system, about three times taller than Mt. Everest. Was this a lofty goal? Indeed! But this is the kind of passion for exploration and adventure that was rooted in his being.
He then set out on a journey of careful planning, preparation and educational pursuits to lay the foundation for success. The astronaut core was a very elite group and having the “right stuff” to realize this dream is one of enormously small odds. After more than 30 years of preparation — including a Bachelor of Science in Geological Science from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Idaho and two rounds of applications to NASA — he made the difficult decision to redirect his great passion and energy towards the development of a unique outdoor adventure and leadership education business that became Get in the Wild. This opportunity has allowed Christopher to apply his wealth of knowledge in outdoor education, leadership and guidance towards the enrichment of others that share his lifelong passion for wilderness adventure and exploration.
Christopher considers himself more than a guide — he is, first and foremost, a leader and educator. Leadership, safety and quality outdoor instruction are the epitomai of his fundamental training philosophy. He has great pride and admiration for the many students, assistants and friends that he has helped to become better leaders, climbers and instructors. The satisfaction in seeing others achieve their dreams while simultaneously learning essential outdoor safety skills provides him with great satisfaction as he continues his lifelong adventure.