Max first started venturing into the hills around Oregon as a junior in high school and was completely addicted by the time he got to college in 2005. After that, he knew that he wanted to work in the outdoors and began leading climbing and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School around the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions in 2008. After college he also started teaching climbing as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon. The mountains and rocks of Oregon and Washington have taught him to love and cherish life in the hills and he’s taken those lessons to areas all over North America as well as to Europe, Chile, and Argentina. Highlights include a free ascent of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress, climbing El Capitan’s Nose in a day, the Beckey-Chouinard in 5.5 hours, and establishing 5.13 at the Northwest’s premier crack climbing venue. Currently, he loves nothing more than sharing that passion with other people who are excited about climbing and mountaineering. Max is actively pursuing full IFMGA certification through the AMGA and is thankful to receive support from CAMP North America, CiloGear Packs, and Rhino Skin Solutions.