Growing up in the Persian Gulf, Chris spent his early years discovering lost sand dunes, back-alley bazaars and hidden pirate treasure. In the off season, he could be found hiking and skiing in the French Alps. Later years saw him climbing California Coastal Redwoods, where he was invariably drawn to creatures of even larger proportions, the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Chris now divides his time between High Sierra alpine routes, multi-day big wall climbs and Joshua Tree high desert obscurities. He has numerous multi-day and one-day ascents of Yosemite?s El Capitan, Half Dome, Washington Column, Lost Arrow Spire, Leaning Tower and Mt. Watkins. Chris is internationally certified as a Rope Access Technician and is currently pursuing Rock and Alpine certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).
Training and Certification
- Member American Mountain Guides Association. Graduate, AMGA Rock Instructor Course ('08) and Rock Guide Course ('08).
- SPRAT and IRATA Certified Rope Access Technician (Level 1)
- Wilderness Leadership and Risk Management. UC Santa Barbara, 1998-99.
- Foreign Languages: Conversational French, Conversational Nepali, Basic Russian, Reading and Writing Swedish.
- Certified Wilderness First Responder