From a young age, Fred sought out knowledge of wild things through books, television specials and rolling around in the dirt. Fred never missed a ranger talk as a child, and he’s now leading those lessons as an Expedition Leader in the canyonlands of the desert Southwest.
Fred has an intimate knowledge of the High Sierras, bolstered by a 200-mile thru-hike on the off-trail, above-tree-line Sierra High Route—and he is currently planning a trip on Utah’s similarly-rugged Hayduke Trail. He builds upon his general knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology to enhance naturalist discussions ranging from geology to apex predators and far-out supernova. He's fascinated by fungus, gets fired up about wildfires and speaks eloquently on the elegance of bighorn sheep. Largely a self-taught naturalist—although he's learned much from experts in their fields in the fields—Fred’s heroes are the other autodidacts, including Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday and John Muir. Clients find themselves inspired by Fred’s child-like inquisitiveness and his message about using connections found within the natural world as a means to learn about ourselves.
Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Fred studied electronics by smashing VCRs with a hammer, although he never followed through on his plan to build a robot with the pieces. His parents not only encouraged such curiosity, but also instilled in him a great appreciation for the outdoors. An interest in both cryptography and the law led him to study linguistics University of California, San Diego. While living in Southern California, Fred became hooked on the wilderness, making repeated trips on the rough dirt roads of the Eastern Sierras and the desert Southwest—and badly affecting the resale value of his Saturn sedan.
Today, Fred lives in central California’s Bear Valley, where he works as a ski patroller during the winter, and Oakhurst, where he works as a naturalist guide in the summer. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, backcountry skiing and climbing, but has given up smashing VCRs.
Upcoming Adventures with Fred:
Polar Bears of Churchill