Zach is an EMT/firefighter who enjoys guiding summer trips for Austin Adventures. He grew up just outside of Washington D.C. in McLean, Virginia and loves all things water. He began whitewater kayaking at a young age on the infamously dirty and turbulent Potomac River. Before he could even write his own name, he was a fisherman. His grandfather taught him how to enjoy the finer things in life and fishing was most definitely one of them. After high school Zach moved to “Big Sky Country” in 2006 for college at Montana State University in Bozeman, and graduated in 2010 with an Earth Science degree in Physical Geography. Zach was previously a fly-fishing guide at a remote outpost on the Alaskan Peninsula, hundreds of miles from civilization. He loves to surf more than anything and has surfed all over the continental United States, Baja, Costa Rica, and Kauai. Zach can typically be found floating on his drift boat down a local river, fly-fishing for various kinds of fish species, soaking in hot springs, or hiking in the mountains of Western, Montana. He is very thankful to still call Montana home, due to its plentiful trout streams, rugged landscapes, and all-around awesomeness.
Zach's Guide Survey:
What's your favorite vacation destination?
My favorite vacation destination is any uncrowded surf spot with warm water and good waves. Otherwise Montana has plenty to keep me busy.
What's your favorite hike?
I love hiking in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana/Wyoming. There's a seemingly endless amount of raw wilderness to explore up on the Plateaus. The Beartooth Mountains are so incredibly old and tell an amazing tale of Earth's climatic history. Hiking on the Pacific Coast of the Alaskan Peninsula is definitely up there for me as well, its beauty is impossible to describe without seeing it.
What's your favorite bike ride?
Biking around town in Bozeman during the summer.
Favorite movie: That's a tough question, so many classic ones. Step Brothers is pretty hilarious though.
Favorite book: Currently, my favorite book is The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Favorite song: Anything by Ryan Bingham
When did you first catch the travel bug?
Traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by myself to visit a friend for a month when I was 13. It was an overwhelmingly amazing experience of culture and poverty like nothing I had ever seen before. It definitely changed my young perspective of the world.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are fly-fishing, floating down rivers, playing guitar, snowboarding, hiking, whitewater kayaking, surfing, camping, and anything else in-between.