A true Seattle local, James has been playing in the North Cascades since he was a child. As a young adult he fished commercially in Alaska and spent his off time in Germany where he found his love for climbing rocks. James has climbed in Mexico, Portugal, Thailand, Canada, Spain, Germany, and all over the West Coast. Guiding for Mountain Madness has also reignited his love for bigger mountains and the opportunity to explore in the Cascades again. He spends his winters in the front and back country on a snowboard, which he has been enjoying for over 25 years. James’ other passions in life when not climbing or snowboarding include mountain biking and cooking. His passion and experience in food has been well received and reviewed in the backcountry. James is currently an AMGA Apprentice Rock and Alpine Guide. He plans to further his education with the AMGA.