Ross began Rock Climbing in 1999 when his father introduced him to the sport. Since then he has grown to love mountaineering and skiing as well. His guiding career began in 2012 when he completed his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Exam and began teaching people how to rock climb. Ross moved to Bishop in 2014 and began working for Sierra Mountaineering International the following summer. His experience with SMI brought him to fall in love with the Sierra Nevada and in particular, the Palisades. In addition to his Single Pitch instructor certification, Ross has also begun pursuing the AMGA Rock and Alpine Guide tracks by completing the Rock Guide Course. Ross is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and has held a Wilderness First Responder certification since 2011.
Ross’ Guiding philosophy revolves around education and skill development. In addition to these, Ross believes it is important for users to respect the land we use and honor the complicated histories that brought us the freedoms to recreate in the mountains. His guiding and recreating philosophy can be summed up as follows: “Respect for the land and it’s history; Safety and education; appreciation and gratitude for summits!”.