Tim loves to travel all over the country looking for new adventures. Born and raised in Illinois, he quickly realized that the flatlands of the Midwest do not offer the same opportunities for elevated endeavors as the West. After a two-week road trip turned into two years of traveling and living in a green 1996 Toyota Camry (referred to as “Gumby”), Tim was hooked on experiencing as much as he could of life.
Tim’s favorite activities are backpacking and climbing. After living out of his beloved “Gumby,” he realized that sometimes a vehicle gets in the way of a more simple life. So he traded his car for a backpack and hit the trails. Tim has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Colorado Trail and the Southern half of the Appalachian Trail as well as numerous shorter trips.
After graduating from Southern Illinois University his thirst for adventure brought Tim to the Wrangells in the summer of 2019. It was here that he was introduced to ice climbing and it quickly became one of his favorite activities to guide.
In his free time, Tim loves to explore the Kennicott Valley, whether it’s climbing, seeking out ice caves, scrambling up some of the nearby peaks and ridgelines, or relaxing in Donaho Basin. Towards the end of the season when the days get shorter, you will probably find Tim in the kitchen playing board games with friends. Monopoly is one of his all-time favorites. Some of his favorite trips in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park are Journey to Oz and the Glacier and Tundra.
- Hometown: Yorkville, IL
- Education: BS in Recreation from Southern Illinois University
- Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, PSIA Alpine I
- Favorite Wrangell Adventure: The 7 Passes Trek
- Best Wrangell Memory: Backpacking for 2 days on the Tana Glacier to get eyes on the Bagley Icefield.