Brendan was first introduced to the sport of climbing at an early age, but his serious rock climbing experience began around 2000 with bouldering, top-roping, sport and trad climbing. Early on, Brendan quickly developed a love and appreciation for the many disciplines of rock climbing and found himself uniquely drawn to the intensity, beauty, and connection of higher multi-pitch summits.
While setting his sights on new climbing goals, he also set his sights on a career path that would allow him to share his passion with others. It wasn’t long after pursuing studies in Outdoor Adventure/Education that the art of climbing instruction naturally followed suit. Brendan began to hone and focus his skills both as a climber and as a teacher, and soon found himself working in a professional setting high above the ground.
Over the years he has taught in many climbing venues from indoor rock gyms, to multi-pitch summits. His professional teaching/guiding experience is focused around top-rope, sport, and multi-pitch traditional climbing up to grade III-IV.
Brendan holds a B.S. degree in Resource Management, has held certifications from a variety of organizations including the AMGA, SOLO, and the American Red Cross, and he is no stranger to applying his training in a number of unfortunate climbing situations.
As an educator, Brendan brings with him a strong desire to connect his students with the deeper experiences that climbing can offer and hopes to create more well-rounded individuals in the process. When he is not climbing, Brendan can usually be found with his other passion, practicing and honing the arts of traditional/survival living. Aside from climbing, Brendan has been a teacher/instructor of wilderness skills, survival education, and Kali/JKD martial arts for many years. He is no stranger to working in the outdoor field, leading group trips and teaching in an outdoor setting.