Dave’s parents met and started dating while working in a backpacking store, and he grew up backpacking. While his outdoor interests have waxed and waned since, human-scale exploration of wild places has always been one of the most important things in his life. From an early age he’s been both a minimalist and a gear dork. Contemporary ultralight techniques serve both ends, allowing him to think less about anything other than experience while on trips and forcing him to engage more fully with the wild by not hiding behind equipment. He’s gone through phases of climbing, canyoneering, and endurance mountain biking. At the moment his interests have adapted to living in northwestern Montana, and he spends his time packrafting, nordic and backcountry skiing, fly fishing, hunting, and of course backpacking our incomparable mountains.
Home: Kalispell, MT
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Director at Bob Marshall Wilderness Open | Research Volunteer at National Park Service
Favorite Training Grounds: Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Current Plans: In 2013, Dave hopes to complete the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open course in late May, an unsupported traverse of all Glacier National Parks 10,000 foot peaks in June or July, and enjoy a scenic week long trip in Yellowstone National Park with friends in late July. In between he hopes to finish his exploration of creeks and rivers in Glacier for the packrafting guidebook he’s been assembling (a draft version of which can be downloaded from his website). This fall he looks forward to wilderness elk hunting in the Bob Marshall, and a trip to southern Utah with his wife.