Derek has been captivated with the outdoors and deeply involving himself within it since an
early age. The belief that multi-sport adventures is the best way to find something new has
taken him to camping spots where few have been. His desire to find new places and make
footprints where few steps have been is what has taken him to some of the most beautiful
places in the world.
Passionate about hiking, climbing, and exploring in general, he uses paddling as a vessel to add
a new dynamic to these sports. Some of his accomplishments include multi-pitch climbing 1100
ft. routes, rafting through the Grand Canyon, trekking 100 miles through Cordillera Blanca, and
snowboarding in places such as Colorado, France, Russia, and Alaska.
Living in Alaska for the past 5 years has allowed him to explore much of the Tongass Narrows
and experience the quickly changing conditions of the weather. He hopes to be able to add an
extended and noteworthy paddling trip to his life experiences such as paddling from Juneau to
Ketchikan this summer.
His passion for the outdoors has made him want to share his experiences and spread the word
of how adding the sport of paddling can make an average hike or camping trip into something