Originally a sailor from Rhode Island, Dave traded the ocean for the mountains back in 2010 after a transformative solo backpacking experience in Big Sur. He has since logged back country miles in almost all of California’s National and State parks from The Lost Coast Trail to Death Valley. In 2016, Dave completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail where he earned his trailname “Squatch.” After the hike he determined not to go back to his desk job and pursued a career in the craft beer world while teaching backpacking and ultralight hiking classes on the side. Eventually, he met Chris Casado and the establishment with TSX Challenge was made. He came on board with TSX fulltime in March 2021 and does everything from guiding trips to managing operations to teaching classes. Dave is on a mission to infect everyone he meets with his passion for backpacking and the wilderness and believes the best way to do that is to take you on an old fashioned adventure.