Colten grew up in a small farm town near Ann Arbor, Michigan. He moved to Marquette, MI to pursue a degree in Earth Science at Northern Michigan University, where here he found a love for both rock and ice climbing. During his time at NMU he was the president of the South Superior Climbing Club, and began pursuing a path to become a climbing guide. He has been an adjunct professor for the ice climbing class at NMU for three years, and a staff member of the Michigan Ice Festival for five years. Colten has taken the Single Pitch Instructor course from the American Mountain Guide Association. Is Outdoor Emergency Care certified, Leave No Trace Trainer Certified, and CPR and First Aid Certified. He has honed his skills in some of the greater U.S. mountain ranges including the Tetons, Cascades, and Sierras. In his free time you will probably catch him listening to loud music, skiing, mountain biking, and having the most fun when he’s outside hanging from an icicle or rock face.