AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Michael started climbing in 2006 in Maryland at Towson University but didn’t find a real passion for climbing until he traveled abroad to New Zealand in 2007 for a semester of college. He met so many people from all over the world that had come to New Zealand just for the climbing. The amazing community that he became part of him fueled his fire for climbing. Once back in the states, he finished a degree in Sport Management and embarked on a mission to learn more about climbing. Michael scored a job at an East Coast climbing gym called Earth Treks. Working with great people and making lifelong friends in the indoor gym naturally led him to further expand onto the natural stone. He took that time to embark upon a career working in the climbing industry, learning about every aspect possible. This naturally led him to an interest in guiding. He started guiding for Earth Treks in 2010 teaching rock climbing in summer camps, introductory level outdoor climbing courses, and weekend ice climbing in the Adirondacks. Since then, Michael moved to California and has continued his professional guiding development through the AMGA. He is a certified Rock Guide since 2016. In addition to guiding with SMG in the Eastern/High Sierra, he currently resides in Santa Barbara most of the year where he works as lead route setter, head coach of the youth team, and guide at Santa Barbara Rock Gym. On days off he has been been climbing all over California, and North America honing skills as a climber, guide, and lifelong learner. If you can’t find Michael in the climbing gym chances are he is outside getting stuck in Sierra alpine cracks or out amongst the crag dwellers in the the greater U.S.!