Outdoor Adventure Training - Get Outdoors with The O.A.T.!
My Background

  • Boy Scout, early 1970s
  • First hike to Rainbow Falls on Signal Mountain, Spring 1975
  • Participant in the first annual Tennessee Conservation League youth camp at Montgomery Bell State Park, Fall 1976
  • First trip down the Nantahala River, Spring 1977
  • Began backpacking, Fall 1980
  • Attended Chattanooga State as a Journalism Major, 1979-81
  • YMCA Summer Camp Director, Summer 1985, 1986
  • Graduated from UT-Chattanooga with a BS in Elementary/Middle School Education, May 1988
  • Elementary/Middle School teacher, 1988-1995
  • Sponsored a student group that took part in the first Tennessee River Gorge Ramble in Prentice Cooper State Forest, Spring 1990
  • Summer Instructor, UT-Chattanooga: Dept. of Continuing Education, 1989-1991 
  • Archaeology Teacher Workshop, Emory University, Spring 1993
  • Passport in Time participant, Summer 1994
  • YMCA Senior Program Director, Nashville, 1996-98: sponsored adult hikes, bike rides, whitewater rafting outings
  • NYC Parks & Recreation program participant. 1998-99
  • Collaborated with the YMCA of Zurich, Switzerland, 2000
  • Started the Outdoor Adventure Group through the YMCA of East Tennessee, Fall 2008
  • Trails Forever Volunteer in the GSMNP, 2008-09
  • Backcountry Volunteer with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Service, 2008-09
  • Signal Mountain Parks Board volunteer: trail maintenance, Fall '11 thru Spring '14
  • Partnered with Teton Sports: "The Official Gear Outfitter of @ThatOutdoorGuy", Spring 2013 - 2016
  • Adventure Columnist, The Signal Mountain Mirror, August 2013 to March 2014
  • Was named to the Teton Sports #MountainAdventurers team, August '14 thru April 2016
  • Became a certified Leave No Trace trainer, April 2015
  • Completed an 8701-mile cross-country family road trip with my children, July 2015
  • Was named a Subaru Ambassador, August 2015 - present
  • Was a 2016 Oboz Trails Times Ambassador team
  • Was a Stormy Kromer Ambassador for 2016
  • Completed a 5524-mile road trip to Halifax, NS and back with my children, July 2016
  • Completed a 3,336-mile road trip to Boston, via D.C., Philly, and NYC, with my children, June 2017
  • Joined forces with the Duluth Trading Company, based in Duluth, MN, to help spread the word about all things DTC, August 2017
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