In 2014, Derek settled in his wife’s hometown of Sun Valley and immediately began exploring the mountains of the area. He enjoys visiting summits in the 11K ranges, the Sawtooths, as well as all of the smaller peaks and sagebrush hills surrounding the Wood River Valley. Derek is often accompanied by his dog Skye who has been known to drop jaws with her scrambling skills. If he’s making a Spring ascent, there is probably a snowboard on his back. Derek helps inspire like-minded adventurers with peakbagger checklist posters he designs for Best Maps Ever.