Like most people in this business I grew up with a fondness for the wilderness. Raised in a lower middle class family in a small rural town in southern Missouri there wasn’t much else to keep my mind occupied so I sought adventure in the wooded hills and fields of my home. I found inspiration for my youthful exploits in the books I read which in turn would inspire me to the choices in my life.
I read everything from military history and philosophy to the classics such as Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island as well as a fascination with the American Mountain Man era and early frontier days. Needless to say my future seemed pretty predictable.
I promptly joined the Army right out of high school in 2001 with the hopes of adventure shortly there after 9/11 happened.
I spent the next several years serving as an Infantry man in units such as the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division. After I got out in 2013 I quickly discovered the world had changed more than I thought. Regular civilian life didn’t suit me well and I once again sought solis in my old books. It was by pure accident that I found out that I could be an Outdoor and Wilderness teacher and so started my newest adventure.
I spent 5 years bouncing around from school to school all over the U.S. hunting down certification after certification. There was some hard times but never once gave up. Now I’m where I belong, ready to teach and assist others along their own path.