Professional mountain climber and guide who is known for his minimalistic "alpine style" climbs and his award-winning ascents of routes like the north face of Jannu. He received the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature for his book Beyond the Mountain (2009).
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology from The Evergreen State College in 1995.
HIs 25-meter fall from Mount Temple left him with multiple serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and six broken ribs.
He married a woman named Eva.
He and Tyler Armstrong are both famous American mountain climbers.