Dave’s interest in the outdoors goes back to childhood explorations of nearby creeks, fields, and forests. This outdoor obsession eventually grew into trips throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., western Europe, Central America, Nepal, Russia, and Bashkortostan. In a professional capacity, Dave has taught basic rock climbing skills, led backcountry horse trips through Yosemite, and worked aboard tall-ship schooners for at-sea education programs. In 2008, he became interested in horticulture and began working for the Missouri Botanical Garden where in 2012, he first learned climbing arborist techniques. Dave earned his ISA Arborist certification in 2016 and currently leads the Garden’s tree crew through various climbing and pruning projects. Dave’s hobbies include climbing, hiking, mountain biking, tour cycling, trail running, paddling, photography, reading, and drinking beer. The only thing Dave likes more than exploring the outdoors with friends is introducing people to new outdoor adventures and their un-found potential.