David is a self proclaimed snow & navigation geek and teaches all aspects of climbing and avalanche safety for Eastern Mountain Sports Schools in North Conway, NH. He tests GPS’s for the Gear Institute.
David grew up skiing in the White Mountains and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the US Marines and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway, NH to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of the “A” team of Mountain Rescue Service, and an expert instructor at Wilderness Navigation holding seminars for MRS, AMC, TMC, and EMS.
When Dave isn’t out climbing or guiding people on the cliffs, he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, cooking, blogging, and sampling craft beer. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alexander, and daughter Madalena.