A little bit about me:
I was born and raised in the mountains of Big Bear, California in July 1996 to two loving parents: Paul and Leigh Anne. I was first put on skis at 17 months old and over the course of my childhood I developed passions for hiking, mountain biking, and water sports. At the age of 9, I stumbled upon a newly painted mural of the Seven Summits (The Highest Point on Each Continent) which quickly became my muse. I then approached my father and proposed that we start fundraising for a trip to Kenya and Tanzania. Our plan was to check off Mt. Kilimanjaro as the highest point in Africa after a full year of training. My dad, Karen (my stepmother) and I flew across the globe the week after my 10th birthday in July 2006. After three days of high altitude trekking, the team made the summit and immediately I realized my dream to fully pursue all Seven Summits.
Just under six years later in December 2012, my dream became a reality as the team stood on the summit of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica which marked our 7th Summit. Since then I have been fortunate enough to co-author with Katherine Blanc to write The Boy Who Conquered Everest and No Summit Out of Sight with Linda Leblanc. No Summit Out of Sight has now been adopted in many school curriculums around the country since its release in May 2014. It has also been an inspiration for youth in leadership, setting goals, and discovering the passion that gets them out of bed every day.
In August 2014, I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to utilize a more advanced and competitive playground and pursue an Environmental Studies degree from Westminster College. While still adventuring and skiing on a regular basis in the Wasatch mountains, my plans are to continue seeing more of the world through humanitarian work and memorable expeditions after obtaining my university degree.