IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide
Rob and his family moved to Colorado in 1976, when Denver was sleepy and the term "skier traffic" didn't exist. He and his twin brother, Pete, learned to ski by following the fast guys on the hill and luckily their high school offered an outdoor-ed class which taught them the basics of rock climbing, too. Despite the protestations of their parents, the pair climbed throughout Colorado in high school and college (CU-Boulder, where Rob earned a BA in environmental conservation).
Rob blew his 20s racing bicycles, but then began apprenticing as a guide with Markus Beck's guide service, Alpine World Ascents, in 2004. Markus shepherded Rob through his beginning courses at the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and all three courses of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum. In September 2014, after a decade of courses, an intense apprenticeship, and a bunch of fun, Rob passed his final AMGA exam, having bunched all three (ski, rock, and alpine) into a chaotic seven-month period -- phew! Rob is the 97th American to have earned his international certification with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).
He speaks French and Italian and is a freelance writer and the author of Holy Spokes: a Biking Bible for Everyone and The Mountain Guide Manual (Falcon, 2017), one of the official textbooks of the AMGA. Rob lives in Chamonix, France, with his ever-understanding wife, Rebecca, and their identical twin boys, Luca and Dominic.