Despite growing up in the flat suburbs of Chicago, John gained a love for wild places early in his life. After earning a degree in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College, John began turning that love into a career. He has worked throughout the country and internationally, guiding rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing and avalanche courses, sea kayaking, hiking, and even a few biking trips. He has spent much of this time teaching adventurous sports to high school and college aged students. As an outdoor instructor and guide, John strives to get to know each student so that he can provide unique learning opportunities and make sure the adventure meets the student where they are. John has two kids, a lovely wife, a mildly obedient dog, and they all live in Wenatchee, Washington.