Alan has been guiding since 2008 and is IFMGA certified. Climbing has taken Alan to the Alaska Range, Andes, Caucasus, Canadian Rockies, Sierra, and the Himalaya. Visiting new places and opening new routes keeps Alan excited to climb. He has completed over 15 first ascents in various styles of climbing, including a first peak ascent in the Himalaya. When Alan is not on an expedition or guiding in the North Cascades, he can be found ice or rock climbing with his wife in Salt Lake. In 2013 Alan was awarded the Lyman Spitzer Cutting-Edge Climbing Award for his climbing achievements in Nepal. Additional certifications/education include LNT Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder & M.S. Outdoor Education.