Hovey graduated Cornell University in 2000 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and went on to become a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004. In 2005, he found his way to NOLS and has been a NOLS Wilderness Medicine, backpacking, and rock climbing instructor ever since. Hovey has led field-based and NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in the U.S., Mexico, Norway, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Norway, Sweden, and China. In 2009, he earned the NOLS Instructor of the Year award. Hovey is a paraglider pilot and an accomplished mountaineer, having summited Rainier, Hood, and Shasta in the U.S., as well as Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Stok Kangri in India. Hovey, who now lives in Spain with his wife, places great value on the pursuit of distinct yet complementary passions.