Michael is an internationally certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain and ski guide, and an REI member. Although focusing the last nine years on guiding in the Alps, he has 20 years of guiding experience, including numerous ascents of Denali in Alaska and big walls in Yosemite. Michael has climbed extensively in the Alps, as well as the limestone crags in southern France, Italy and Spain. Certified by The American Mountain Guides Association in alpine, rock and ski disciplines, he sits on the technical committee as well as being a guide's trainer and examiner for the AMGA. He is the only American to be a member of both the French and the Swiss Mountain Guide's Associations. Michael is also an avalanche and snow safety educator for the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and is Level 3 certified. He currently lives in Chamonix, France.