Originally from North Dakota, Brian grew up hunting, fishing, and spending much of his time outdoors. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) with a degree in Anthropology, and worked for a number of years as a field archaeologist in the western United States and Alaska. Brian was introduced to climbing while studying abroad at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Bringing a new found passion for the sport back, he balanced his time between digging and climbing.

The transition from archaeology to guiding came slowly, and eventually he found himself immersed in a two-year guide training program. After this program Brian applied and was accepted as a short term training supervisor with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) in Northern Thailand. What should have been 4 months turned into 5 years! Initially in charge of training the Thai guides for the AMGA SPI course and exam, his duties soon led him to guiding full time, as well as being the Head of Risk Management and Guide Training.

When not guiding Brian can be found riding mountain bikes or spending time with family.


  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide

  • AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • AIARE Pro I

  • Leave No Trace Trainer


  • Jim Roux Climbing Grant - 2018

  • Mazamas Alpine Adventure Expedition Grant - 2018

Notable Ascents

  • Denali, West Buttress (2 summits)

  • Aconcagua, Argentina (False Polish, Normal Route, 4 summits )

  • Mount Elbrus, Russia (3 summits)

  • Mount Rainier (D.C., Ingraham Direct, Emmons, 20+ summits)

  • Mount Baker (Coleman-Demming, Squak, Easton, 20+ summits)

  • Mount Shuksan, Fisher Chimneys

  • Sahale Peak, Quien Sabe

  • Chair Peak, North Face, WA (Grade III, AI 2-3)

  • Mount Khuiten, Mongolia (2 summits)

  • Huayna Potosi, Bolivia, French Route

  • Illimani, Bolivia, Normal Route

  • Cerro Arkhata, Bolivia, FA "The Keep" (Grade III WI3+ M4)

  • Cerro Mururata, Bolivia, FA "Power to the Process" (Grade IV WI5 M5)

  • Haba Shan, China (17,703ft)

  • Pico de Orizaba, Mexico, Espolon de Oro

  • Iztaccihuatl, Mexico, La Arista del Sol

  • Iceland Peak, Alaska (AK Grade II)

  • Finland Peak, Alaska (AK Grade II)

  • Torment - Forbidden Traverse , WA (5.6, Grade III)

  • Cepeda, Picu Urriellu, Spain (5.10a, Grade III)

  • Back to the Primitive, China (5.11+, Grade III)

  • Souls Awakening, China (5.10+, Grade III)

  • Davis-Holland Lovin' Arms, WA (5.10c, Grade III)

  • SE Ridge Mount Cowen, MT (5.6, Grade III)


  • Traverse of the Chugach Range, Alaska (23 days)

  • Avellanos Valley Trek, Chile (16 days)

  • Multiple first cave descents in Northern Thailand

  • Unsupported cycling trip across Cambodia - (21 days, twice)

Descending from Forbidden Peak. Photo: Jonathan Claussen