Before joining Open Sky as a guide, Hans was involved in a several different outdoor education programs. He worked as an aquatics director for a Boy Scouts camp in Oregon and as an instructor for Wilderness Awareness School in Washington. He also took a year-long certification program at Alderleaf Wilderness College, where he learned a variety of outdoor survival, naturalist, and bushcraft skills.
Hans was attracted to wilderness therapy because he found himself wanting to help others live purposeful, satisfactory lives in a wilderness setting. He was specifically drawn to Open Sky for its emphasis on family dynamics as well as its holistic approach. As a field guide, Hans values the opportunity to share his passions for nature and wellness with others in a meaningful setting. He enjoys connecting with students, getting to know their stories, and contributing something positive to their overall journeys. His strengths within a guide team include his listening skills, curiosity, calm presence, and musical abilities. He loves sharing his knowledge about plants and animals and discussing philosophical topics with an open mind.
In his time off, Hans enjoys trail running, snowboarding, swimming, writing, reading, playing music, and continuing to learn about the flora and fauna of the Four Corners region.