Russell loves exploring fascinating and majestic landscapes and helping others to experience and learn about them. He has worked previously for the National Park Service at Denali and Grand Canyon, and as a guide for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. He has logged many miles of off-trail mountain travel and feels most at home where there are no trails and no trip reports. Since returning to his home state of Oregon he has enjoyed exploring and climbing in the Cascades while also working as a geologist in Portland. Russell’s certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche AIARE Level 1, and Basic Swift Water Rescue. Russell also enjoys pack-rafting, trail running, and philosophical conversations. It is his first year with MSHI.