Michael started guiding a couple of years after obtaining a degree as a naturalist in his home state of Michigan. Over the years, he found ways of combining his passion for wilderness travel with paddle sports. Sharing this passion is what drives him and has kept him evolving throughout his adult life. He’s led trips all over the world including Alaska, New Zealand, Greenland, Patagonia, Iceland and most of Central America.
Michael is a British Canoe Coach, an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer and a Level 4 instructor. He also holds certifications in Canoe, SUP and whitewater kayak instruction. As a lifelong paddler, when other people peer at mountain peaks, Michael’s eyes will wander down to where they meet their neighboring mountains and know there is water flowing there drawing him like a magnet.
When he’s not guiding, you may find him with oars in his hands, rowing a wilderness river searching for trout with his fly rod. Since wilderness travel and backcountry fishing often result in some serious hunger, Michael has also developed interests and a reputation as a skilled wilderness chef, with a backcountry cookbook to his credit.
Michael’s teaching and demonstrations are among the most popular sessions at US kayak symposiums, and his articles appear in numerous paddling print on web media.