Born and raised on a farm in Indiana, Karsten has found his home in the mountains. Embarking on his 15th year in the guiding profession, with 20 years climbing experience, he has climbed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He has delved into all aspects of climbing from bouldering and sport climbing to alpinism and ski mountaineering. He is one of a 170 licensed IFMGA Mountain Guides in the U.S. He has taught AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Programs. He is also a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B), has his Swift Water Rescue Certification, and has worked as a SPRAT Level 1 Technician. Karsten has participated on rescue teams across the US. When at home in North Carolina, he volunteers for several local Rescue Teams and works as an EMT for an ambulance service. As a professional athlete representing several national and international companies, he has also worked on product design and testing for his various sponsors. Karsten has immersed himself in the climbing world with both work and play; and continues to do rescue work in the mountains at the highest levels.
Karsten has provided instructor training for the Michigan Ice Fest Guides since the guide services inception in 2017. Through the Michigan Ice Fest guides, he also provides an AMGA SPI course in the spring and fall in Marquette for those interested in improving their guiding skills. See more about the SPI, including when the next one will happen, HERE.
See more from Karsten at his website: http://www.pisgahclimbingschool.com/