Nate initially developed his love of wilderness in high school while backpacking with friends in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduating from a NOLS backpacking course, Nate began leading trips in college for a variety of organizations in wild areas across the county. He earned a B.A. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN, and then began working for experiential and outdoor schools across the United States. In May, 2014, Nate completed an M.A. in Adventure Education with a focus on Experiential Education from Prescott College, in AZ. For his graduate research, Nate explored the influence of extended wilderness programs on the human relationship to the natural world as understood through the theory of biophilia. Nate has been working rock climbing, backpacking, winter, and mountaineering courses for NOLS since 2010. When not in the field, he splits his time between Lander, WY and the Teton Valley. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and yoga.