Zach grew up climbing in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from Colorado College with a double major in Chemistry and Geology. Zach now follows the seasons, spending his summers ranging in his van from Alaska to Washington and his winters in Colorado. He has established first ascents ranging from ice routes in Alaska to rock routes in the Waddington Range. Zach is currently an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor and working towards certifications as an AMGA rock and alpine guide. Zach also enjoys romping with his dog Lucy and doing crosswords.