Alpinist, rock and ice climber, photographer and videographer.

Photography and Media:

I have enjoyed a love of photography my whole life, beginning with darkroom explorations of adolescent bike and skateboard antics and leading me out into the world of travel and expeditions. Alpine adventures, foreign cultures, commercial projects, or simple traveling moments. My images have been published with Men’s Journal Magazine, National Geographic, Origin, and with commercial clients such as Marmot and La Sportiva. I’ve participated in several sponsored expeditions and films, and made my own documentary films about significant expeditions. I also have a lifestyle and architectural photography business called Magic Factor Media.

Alpinism and climbing:

Over the past 25 years I have enjoyed rock and ice climbing, and especially the pursuit of large first ascents in high altitude mountains. I’ve made a dozen expeditions to Peru, including the Marmot-sponsored “Incan Odyssey” and “Zanskar Odyssey” trips to explore unclimbed alpine peaks, as well as virgin bouldering near the basecamps. In 2013 I received the prestigious Copp-Dash Inspire Award to travel to Afghanistan to explore unclimbed alpine peaks, making the first ascent of an unnamed 6000m peak and exploration of another unclimbed 6000m face. I’ve made my 11 expeditions to Peru, including attempted first ascents on Chacraraju, Santa Cruz Grande, Pucahirca Norte, and others. Balancing fatherhood with climbing has introduced a new element of efficiency and

Culture and travel:

A seasoned cultural observer with 25 years of travel to over 35 countries, I speak Spanish, Italian and French and have spent considerable time in countries all over the world; in mountains, jungles, deserts, beaches, small towns, and large cities.

Web Development, graphic design:

I have worked as a web designer/programmer for about 10 years, and am inspired by clean design and writing, and problem-solving. Web development allows me to bring my artistry, intellect, and engineering/design education to bear on projects. I developed a proprietary programming algorithm for an eCommerce startup (you can ask me more about it), and built out the proof-of-concept site for it. I have various designers and small companies as clients.

Other Details:

  • BSc. Engineering, Brown University
  • Architecture and Design: Designed and built or remodeled several homes in and around Boulder, CO. I design with a ‘rustic modern’ style and try to honor the site and space with something that feels natural and exhilarating.
  • 4 years as a full-time Waldorf Physics and Mathematics teacher plus 6 more years as a part-time visiting teacher to schools across the U.S.
  • Author: “Fun with Puzzles, Games, and More!“, a mathematics puzzles and games book aimed at middle and high school teaching.

My family background is in the arts: both my parents were professional classical musicians in NYC.