Clancy is an avalanche forecaster and a dedicated outdoor educator. He has had skis on his feet since he could walk. He grew up in the eastern Sierra ski racing on both alpine and nordic teams, and started work as a ski instructor at the age of 12. Clancy studied Environmental Science and Philosophy at Whittier College and Claremont Graduate School during which time he also developed his passion for alpine rock climbing. During this time, he taught traditional rock skills through a gym called Hangar 18 helping people make the transition from plastic to outdoor routes. Clancy left graduate school and returned to the Sierra in order to care for the mountains as a firefighter, wilderness ranger, and trail crew leader which he has done every summer since 2006. His favorite aspects of his summer work involve teaching people how to safely and sustainably live and work in the mountains.
It was while working for Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol in 2007/2008 that Clancy found a passion for snow science. He was an observer for 9 years at the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center where he is now a professional forecaster. Clancy began teaching avalanche courses for Sierra Mountain Guides in the spring of 2016 and it is one of the most rewarding things he’s ever done.
Clancy has skied and climbed with his partner, Jess, throughout the Sierra Nevada and southern California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, and Canada. He also loves to run backcountry trails and mountain ridge lines which keeps his dog, Murphy, fit and happy.
Aside from professional avalanche training through AIARE and AAI, Clancy has recently started ski guide training through the AMGA, and he is certified by NOLS and the National Registry of EMTs as a Wilderness-EMT. He is a certified rigger and is a C-certifier for crosscut saws for the US Forest Service.