Growing up in the heartland of Iowa climbing mountains did not come as naturally for Dave, but after finishing at the University of Iowa he moved West and never looked back. After spending the better part of his 20’s climbing and living around the American West he finally settled in Telluride, Colorado and has made it his home base for 18 years where he continues to guide backcountry skiing, ice climbing and ascents of the area 14ers. A jack of all trades in climbing he has dabbled in rock, ice, big wall climbing as well as expeditions to Peru, Argentina, Chile, Nepal, Alaska as well as guiding numerous Denali and Aconcagua expeditions. In between expeditions he has led climbs of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Rainier and has managed to find time to guide fly fishing in Colorado and trekking routes throughout the Alps in Europe.