Dave was born in Germany and grew up in Indiana. He received a BA in Education from Indiana University and spent 6 years teaching middle school math and science in a remote Inupiaq village in the arctic. He was a boy scout and eagle scout growing up, spending time camping outside. The first National Park he visited was Grand Canyon National Park where he completed his goal of a “Rim to Rim to Rim” hike. Dave found Jackson Hole in the early 80’s, when he came to hike the Teton Range. As a lover of history, he was able to volunteer in the 1986 Jackson Lake Archeological Dig. He was a river guide for 15 years in Jackson Hole but he’s run rivers from Alaska to West Virginia, including the Grand Canyon in Arizona. He’s logged over 30,000 river miles and 4500 tours into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in his guiding career and still loves every minute of it. His specialty is history and he loves learning about the history of the area, the Native American history, National Park history, military history, trapper and settler history and how each of these groups played a part in creating the natural wonders we have here in our backyard today.
Dave finds happiness guiding in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem because he gets a chance to be outdoors connecting with all kinds of people from across the country. Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to meet a WWII bomber pilot, a couple that was working mission control when the US astronauts landed on the moon, a Japanese-American woman, born on a train bound for an internment camp… these people all make up the fabric of the American experience and Dave loves to make these connections every time he heads to the National Parks.
In his time off, you’ll find Dave headed out on a road trip, his favorite thing to do. His best plans are having no plans, just to see where the road takes you. He has visited 49 states by car. Hawaii still remains elusive. His favorite drive is the Beartooth Highway, voted by Dave as the best scenic drive in the US, and he has seen it all.
- Wilderness First Responder / Wilderness Medicine Institute
- Level I Wildlife Track & Sign / CyberTracker