Growing up in eastern South Dakota, the distant mountains always held a fascination for Tim. Upon graduating from the University of South Dakota, he moved to Colorado Springs and taught himself to climb mountains. After his first "walk up" of Pikes Peak, he has since focused on Class 3 and 4 climbs. His mountaineering philosophy has evolved from climbing only 14ers to finding the best and most challenging routes, with no consideration whether anyone has heard of the mountain or if it leads to the completion of any "list." Tim has been a sales specialist and educator at the REI Colorado Springs store since 2005.