Hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, Patrick has spent the greater part of his life outside. Starting with family canoe and kayaking trips, they escaped to the woods as much as possible. After receiving a Bachelors of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism resources, concentrating on sustainable tourism, from West Virginia University, Patrick moved west to further explore our national parks! While at WVU he was able to hone his leadership skills by working for the university outdoor orientation program. He also worked on tourism development projects in the rural stretches of Patagonia, Chile. He is in his fourth year of guiding for Austin Adventures, and calls Bellingham, Washington home.
Patrick's Guide Survey:
What's your favorite vacation destination?
This has changed a lot, especially after being granted the opportunity to work in Zion National Park. It is
truly a unique oasis in the desert. The towering walls of red rock create stunning views that never cease
to amaze me. Not to mention the hundred and one activities you can do there!
What's your favorite hike?
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. The overlook into the green lining the beautiful Zion river in the desert valley is amazing. A second favorite has to be Beehive Basin in good ol' Big Sky Montana!
What's your favorite bike ride?
Putt putt trail in Jackson, WY. Although the name does not really describe the difficulty of the trail it is a
great place to find yourself.
Too many to choose from. Just a few include: Snatch, Stripes, Casino and anything Monty Python related.
Two Highways by Leftover Salmon
Favorite Book: “The Man Who Walked Through Time” Collin Fletcher
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Cross-country mountain biking.
What are your hobbies?
When I am not out on the trails on an Austin Adventures trip, you can find me pedaling my
mountain bike, searching for powder with a snowboard, or taking my truck out for another road trip!
When did you first catch the travel bug?
After graduating high school a group of friends packed up a car and drove across the country to discover Yellowstone and the Tetons. We spent a few weeks backpacking in the picturesque American West! Since enjoying every moment, sight, and sound on that trip my urge to travel and explore has not been suppressed. This has led me to many places around the world, I can only hope to continue that trend!