Sport: Skiing. Touring, mountaineering, moguls, terrain park—it’s all fun.
Nicknames: For a long time, I’ve wondered what makes someone call me either Dave or David. I couldn’t care less, and some friends are adamant on one or the other, but there’s no rhyme or reason to it. At least as far as I can tell. Steelie happens sometimes.
What about your sport inspires you? Whether it’s the bunny hill or a snowy arete after a long approach, skiing comes in so many forms. It’s wonderful that people can enjoy it in the way the best suits them,but that they all know the same basic activity of sliding down on snow. There’s community and connection there.
Name one of your goals? I want to actively spend more time with the beginners in my life. Plenty of experienced people have shown me the ropes and helped me get to where I’m at—and I want to pass that on. Whether it be a casual mention that someone wants to go rock climbing, or they just need some advice to get started in avalanche terrain, I’d like to help my friends and acquaintances get more into the things they’re interested in.
What's coming up next? After two weeks of wet feet and trad climbing in the UK, I’m really looking forward to ski touring at home. There’s this thing called winter that just started.
Which of the above are you looking forward to the most? Getting out in the quiet, snowy pines on a pair of skis.
What do you do when you aren't climbing? Running has become a great way to keep in shape or clear my head when I’m having an office day. Rock climbing, indoors during the winter, does some of the same but is more strength oriented. I read a bit. My degree is in writing poetry, so I try to keep that churning. Lately, I’ve been making curry, to mixed results. There’s a ton of time on the computer too. All these trips and ideas and plans have to be organized, carried out, and then processed to make things, be it an article or edit. That eats up lots of time.
Why Julbo? Simple: I need sunglasses and goggles that work really well for both glacier travel and for powder touring. Nobody else has pushed those categories as far, or done as much with photochromic lenses.
Julbos that you currently own? Explorer, Cobalt, Universe
What are your go-to Julbos? My Cobalts. Comfy, simple, great for driving or something active.
Motto: Go up. Go down. Go again.
Favorite foods: Veggie lasagna, hot sandwiches, pizza, milk chocolate. Any type of carb with cheese. No meat or fish though.
Vice: My favorite foods. Drinking milk straight out of a shared jug. Aero bars, when I can find them.
Other sponsors: Mountain Equipment, ON3P Skis, Hammer Nutrition, Point6, Klymit, Forsake, Bern