Pete grew up in the outdoors, rafting, kayaking, skiing, and climbing at every opportunity. Turning his passions into a career, he spent years guiding, worked at a university outdoor program, managed a climbing gym, owned a bit of a rafting company, and worked as a park ranger/paramedic at Grand Canyon National Park. He earned his WEMT certification in 1993 and his bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University in 1994. He later obtained his Master's Degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Recreation Impacts from Northern Arizona University. Pete has been a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor since 1999, and has sponsored dozens of NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses as the owner of the Flagstaff Field Institute. Pete lives in Flagstaff with his wife and daughter and works full time as a Battalion Chief/Paramedic for a hospital-based EMS agency.