Raised in Lander, Wyoming at the foothills of the Wind River Range, Patrick had mountains on the brain from an early age. Patrick’s family was good friends of legendary mountaineer and NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt. At age 14, Patrick took his first NOLS course. “I was too young, but Paul pulled some strings.” says Patrick. After his NOLS course Patrick continued to rack up days in the field assisting Paul in the Wind River range as Paul grew his new endeavor the Wilderness Education Association. Patrick continued to develop as a guide, this time as a sea kayaking guide in Kachemak Bay, Alaska.
The climbing bug fully embedded in his bones, Patrick spent the next years guiding and pursuing his own climbing dreams. Climbing Mt. Lucania in the St. Alias Range, The Cassin Ridge of Denali, and many mountains in South America. Patrick then was recruited to the airlines to be the Station Manager at regional airports. He spent 6 years running airports in Durango and Telluride and finally arrived back in Wyoming, at Jackson Hole Regional Airport.
In 1994, Paul Petzoldt called on Patrick to guide him up the Grand Teton one more time for the 70th anniversary of Paul’s historic ascent.
Patrick continued to feel the call of the mountains and in 1996 called then owner Andy Carson and ask for a guiding position. “He told me that they were all staffed up for the year……. I wound up guiding 100 days that summer.” Patrick has been one of the cornerstones of JHMG ever since.
“I love the diversity of JHMG. We operate in diverse locations, we have a diverse trip offering, and because of that we have a diverse clientele. Our clients are high energy and are making a choice to try something new and experience something challenging. I feel like we are lucky to be exposed to those kind of people.”
So when you call JHMG, and you get Patrick on the phone, know 2 things. 1. He does not take himself too seriously, and 2. There are few people with the experience and knowledge that Patrick has. We are lucky to have him.