Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How long have you called Bozeman home?

I was born and raised in Bozeman.    During my college years, I spent a semester in St Petersburg Russia, then came home briefly before moving on to sojourns in New York City, Milan Italy, and San Francisco, CA.  In the year 2000, at 30, I decided it was time to move back home.

Why did you decide to check out The Mountain Project for the first time?  Was it a certain coach, class, or open gym availability?

My girlfriend introduced me to Mountain Project.   She was at the time a fitness trainer and believed that the type of  training at Mountain Project would fit my lifestyle.

What are the biggest rewards for you – both in terms of your training or fitness levels. as well as the community of other athletes and coaches you’ve met?

The rewards from The Mountain Project are profound:   I run further, I run faster, I can ski hard all day, I feel stronger. Mountain Project teaches us-or perhaps reminds us- that working hard produces benefits.

What would you tell someone who’s intimidated to try working out at TMP because they think it’s for elite athletes?

For a first time at TMP’er:  Get ready to understand and acknowledge muscles in your body that you never knew you had.   Im not a fitness guru, but Mountain Project is about balance and agility as much as it is strength, and that means we find new muscles to tweak every day.