Before joining Open Sky in June 2018, Chris worked extensively as a guide and supervisor in central Patagonia for a small eco-tourist, nature conservancy ranch. His role included facilitating backcountry mountaineering programs, as well as directing and implementing several ranch-based projects. When he was not living in South America, he gained experience working as a Field Instructor for Camp Thunderbird and the Mountain Institute working with youth populations ages 14 – 20. Upon his full-time return to the United States, he worked as an Educational Mental Health Counselor for Mount Saint Vincent Home, a trauma-informed residential facility located near Denver, CO.
Wilderness therapy and Open Sky offer the unique opportunity to professionally teach, practice and guide students through mindfulness programming, which fully harnesses the potential of the natural world. For Chris, this therapeutic opportunity is incredibly exciting to be a part of. He finds himself inspired to be present in the woods, mountains, and desert with the students and fellow guides. The yoga, meditation, and backpacking aspects of Open Sky’s specific programming are the three main factors that brought him to this incredible place.
As a Field Guide, Chris values the opportunity to share his love for the nuances that exist in nature – in the trees, in the birds, in the rocks, and in ourselves. He feels incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to help others get excited about these details and metaphors that can be found in the natural world. Within a guide team, Chris enjoys sharing his passion for navigation, natural history (birds, trees, rocks, etc.), and holding group space and ceremony.
Chris loves to spend his time off climbing rocks, fly-fishing, exploring the alpine region or just communing with his friends. He also enjoys reading, writing and sharing mate (tea). Oh, and he plays the mandolin and violin… live music is another one of his favorite pastimes. He also loves speaking and engaging in the Spanish language! ¡Exploráte, pronto!