img_6042 As a public speaker, I strive to communicate the humbling, hilarious, and occasionally revolting truths that are at the core of authentic alpine adventures.

Past clients include: The Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival, The Keene Valley Ice Festival, Dartmouth College, Brandeis University, Colby College, The Bear’s Tooth Theatre, Edinbourough University, and middle schools throughout New England. I currently do three different types of shows:

A Year In The Trenches:

A year in my schizophrenic life as a climber, guide, would-be homesteader, volunteer rescue team member, writer, and traveller. Tales from New England to Alaska, Patagonia, and the Himalayas, from cutting edge alpine climbs to unexpected backyard epics, documenting the many strange and curious habits of the climbing tribe. Contact me for more information.

One Mountain Thousand Summits:

One Mountain Thousand Summits is my first book, an in-depth narrative non-fiction account of the 2008 K2 tragedy. I am currently planning a 2010 book tour. My current schedule is posted here.

High Adventure:

I occasionally do presentations about outdoor adventure for  elementary and middle-school age children.  Each program is a mix of a brief slideshow, equipment show-and-tell (extremely popular), and short lessons in math (the physics of falling), social science (the history of the Himalayas) and creative writing (how to keep an explorer’s journal). Please contact me if you are interested in hearing more.