Miles grew up along the central California coast, without a choice but to be exposed to hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing as a child. As a teenager, Miles began the life pattern of spending many weeks a year overnighting in a tent, with early backpacking forays into the coastal ranges of Big Sur starting him along his path. With great friends, his interests turned to scrambling in the Sierra, and climbing the beautiful granite near Tahoe. A graduate of the University of California at Davis, Miles began work instructing backpacking and rock climbing to fellow students. Miles has consistently sought out leadership opportunities, and was quickly overseeing the staff of instructors. Moving to Oregon, Miles was excited to spend more time skiing, and to begin work for Timberline Mountain Guides in 2016.
Today, Miles most enjoys working with people, where the mountains connect us as we pursue challenges and new opportunities. Guiding ascents of the major peaks of the Pacific Northwest, including guided ascents of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Shuksan, and Mt. Baker, Miles is at home in the mountains. With extensive personal climbing experience from the summit of Denali to the desert rock climbs of southwest, with lots of mountains in between. Miles makes his home in Bend, Oregon where he works as a Ski Patroller come winter. Miles is proud to be a cancer survivor, and knows of some ways that life can surprise you.