Dave served as a Pemi West instructor in 2011 and refers to the Pemi West experience as “a fantastic wilderness leadership program.” He brings his trademark enthusiasm as well as an extensive background in outdoor education to his current role as Pemi West director. Dave’s passion for the outdoors began as a rock climbing instructor at Kingsley Pines in Raymond, ME. Later, he served as both the Teen Leadership Instructor and Adventure Director, supervising and training the Adventure staff. He participated in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Sonoran Year Course, spending 135 days backpacking, sailing, and rock climbing. Following this, Dave decided to pursue a career in teaching leadership and wilderness skills. That pursuit led him to Evergreen State College, where he earned his BA in Outdoor Education and Adventure Leadership. At Evergreen, Dave was instrumental in establishing the new Outdoor Program, which involved designing and implementing lesson plans pertaining to life in the backcountry. He also served as the Program Coordinator for the Challenge Course, planning, constructing, and developing the high and low ropes courses. In 2013, Dave served as a National Crew Leader for the Student Conservation Association (SCA), overseeing a team on a 30-day conservation project. During the academic year, Dave is an instructor for the High Trails Outdoor Science School in Big Bear California, where he teaches outdoor science classes and plans large group activities.