Matt comes from the farm lands of the Red River Valley in North Dakota and upon finishing high school on the ancient floor of Glacial Lake Agassiz, he headed west to find new adventures in the mountains. Originally landing in Whitefish, he pursued his passion of playing in the hills year round; hiking, climbing, running, and skiing. Following a few years of mountain time, he headed off to Montana State University in Bozeman to pursue a degree in Nutrition. Post graduation he trekked up to Alaska to pursue bigger mountains and his didactic internship. While in Alaska Matt became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and later a Certified Diabetes Educator, but most importantly met his future wife and mountain companion. After working in Alaska and then a brief spell in Libby Montana, Matt and his wife moved to Bishop, California. While continuing his work in Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, Matt found a new passion for giving back to the mountain community through search and rescue and wilderness medicine. He became a technical rescue member, a board of director member and later the President of Inyo County Search and Rescue, where he honed his skills with technical rope rescue, tracking and backcountry medical care. At the same time he began the certification process through the American Mountain Guide Association in Alpine and Ski disciplines to further his mountain background. To date he has enjoyed adventures in the mountains of Alaska, Patagonia, French/Swiss Alps, the Sierra Nevada and throughout the Rockies.
Matt and his wife, Katie, had a baby girl named Svea Rose in February 2017, prompting the decision to move back to the Flathead Valley to be closer to friends and family. They couldn’t think of a better place to raise their daughter.
Some of Matt’s Highlights include:
- B.S. Health and Human Development: Food and Nutrition from Montana State University
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
- Certified Diabetes Educator
- Wilderness EMT - NOLS WMI - NREMT
- American Heart Association: BLS CPR/First Aid
- AIARE: Level II Avalanche
- AMGA: Apprentice Alpine Guide
- AMGA: Apprentice Ski Guide