I have been an avid outdoor enthusiast since childhood, having started backpacking at the age of 6 with my mother who climbed mountains internationally. As a young adult, I worked as a National Park Ranger in Yosemite and taught outdoor education and orienteering courses. Prior to having children, Chris and I started a guide company and led multi-day wilderness adventures in the Sierra. During this time, I also taught high school biology, emphasizing hands-on learning and utilizing a teaching garden and passive solar greenhouse as teaching tools. Now I enjoy the position of being both student and teacher: learning and keeping abreast of the latest developments in gear and clothing for our mountain shop so that our customers can enjoy their own outdoor adventures to the fullest.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Conservation Education, Chris went on to teach high school science and environmental education. During this time, Chris started an outdoor adventure program taking students on backpacking, rafting, and rockclimbing trips. In 1997, Chris and his wife Elana, moved to Taos, NM where they continued their work in education and had two children, Gwendolyn and Reed. In 2001, Chris and Elana purchased Mudd N Flood Mountain Shop. In addition to his work with Mudd N Flood, Chris hosts several groups of students each year from San Francisco, who come to Taos to volunteer at Taos Pueblo and to experience life and the outdoors in the Southern Rockies. Chris\'s passions are organic gardening, natural history, telemark skiing and backpacking.
I originally came to NM to take a summer off from graduate school and work at an outdoor summer camp in the mountains outside of Santa Fe. It was there I fell in love with the Pecos Wilderness and all the backcountry has to offer. For 8 summers I served as the Outdoor Program Director, organizing and leading backpacking and river trips for youth. During this time, I began guiding river trips on the Rio Grande and running rivers throughout the Southwest. Over the years I have had the opportunity to share experiences with others that one can only gain by spending time in the outdoors, from climbing mountains, riding trails, and running rivers. I no longer lead trips for a living, however I still spend as much time as I can in the outdoors, as the Carson National Forest is my backyard, and always enjoy sharing my love and knowledge with customers at Mudd N Flood.