Dave successfully coaches alpinists, rock climbers, mountaineers, competition climbers, and mountain runners in their respective endeavors. He has a keen knowledge and curiosity regarding the physical and mental training necessary for his athletes to achieve their mountain goals.

Born and raised in the North Cascade mountains of Washington State, Dave spent his childhood among mountains, glaciers, forests, and rivers. In his teens, Dave began mountain running and peak bagging, and soon after shifted his focus to alpine climbing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Since then, Dave has climbed thousands of routes, in all styles, on multiple continents. Today, Dave routinely does forays into the alpine, climbs 5.14 routes and V14 boulder problems, and is a life-long student of climbing and alpinism.

When Dave is not coaching, he is climbing, training, and establishing new routes and boulder problems. He is always seeking to understand and implement what is most effective for athletes he coaches to help reach their full potential.