Tom grew up in a beach town in Southern California but migrated north to the mountains and forests of the Pacific Northwest in 2010. His home base has been in Portland since then, but he’s spent time climbing around the American West, Colorado, and Australia since then. During the week he gets a bit stir crazy working as a software developer, but he still gets outside on the weekends. Over the winter he spends a lot of time on Mt. Hood with Portland Mountain Rescue. A former Outward Bound instructor, Tom holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and AIARE Level 1.