Austin grew up in Bend Oregon where his love for the mountains began. He followed that passion to Colorado for college at Colorado Christian University. During his time in Colorado, he enjoyed all that it had to offer, from rock climbing and ice climbing, to skiing and mountaineering. Austin had been professionally guiding since 2006. During that time he has climbed and skied all over the world in places such as South America, Antarctica, Asia, Alaska, Himalaya, and Mexico. Austin is a fully certified IFMGA/AMGA guide. He has also had training in Wilderness First Responder, Avy III, and Leave No Trace. When he's not guiding, you're likely to find Austin attached to a rock face somewhere or on his skis pointing downhill.