Senior Conservation Advocate
Inspired by stories in Field & Stream and other outdoor journals, Dan fled the East Coast for the Rocky Mountains, arriving in Wyoming in 1978. The following summer, he participated in a 30-day wilderness expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School, an experience that would change his life. He became an instructor for NOLS in 1981, and spent the next eight years exploring the mountains of Wyoming, Alaska, and South America. After making the first American ascent of Gasherbrum II, an 8,000-meter peak in Pakistan, in 1987, Dan entered law school at the University of Wyoming. Following a stint as a law clerk assigned to Wyoming’s largest toxic tort case, Dan joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 1991 as the organization’s associate director and staff attorney. He became executive director in 1998, and served in that capacity until 2004. Upon leaving the Outdoor Council, Dan took a much-needed break, including a month-long motorcycle trip through Argentina and Chile. Dan became an owner and the general manager of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in 2005, running the business until he sold his interest in late 2013. During that period, he also opened an office for Western Resource Advocates in Wyoming, and served as its Wyoming staff attorney from 2008-2011. Dan rejoined the Outdoor Council in October 2014 as its senior conservation advocate. He lives in Lander with his wife, two cats, and a garage full of motorcycles.