Shawn’s love of the outdoors began at an early age when he would play the game manhunt with his neighborhood friends in the forest behind the development they lived in situated in the tiny upstate hamlet of Wappingers Falls, New York. As long as he can remember, the forest had always beckoned and sparked a strong sense of exploration and wanderlust.
When he was just twenty-one he completed a six-month, 2,167-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, a journey that would shape his adult life. He was hooked. Shawn went on to tackle other trails of note including the Long Trail, High Sierra Trail, and John Muir Trail and even lead a four-person team up two 6,000-meter peaks in the Peruvian Andes.
Having discovered his passion, he sought out an undergraduate school that would stimulate him intellectually as well as being mere steps from adventure. Shawn earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Adventure Travel & Eco-tourism with a minor in Forestry from Paul Smiths College situated in the Adirondacks.
Shawn was late to the deep-sea game having discovered scuba diving in his early thirties and like his childhood adventures he took to it like a fish—beginning his metamorphosis into a true amphibian. Since then you’ll never find him very far from a body of water. Realizing he’d found his purpose, Shawn committed himself to spend as much time in the water as possible and ultimately navigate the steps to become a Divemaster.
Shawn’s passion for being underwater has brought him to the Caribbean’s Mesoamerican Reef—where he hovered in amazement next to a massive seven-foot barrel sponge—to seeking out everything the site discovered by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in the Andaman Sea called Richelieu Rock to making waves in the refreshing and nutrient rich waters of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia where he witnessed the ever-intelligent Giant Pacific octopus.
A truly global citizen Shawn is at home anywhere in the world where the mountains reach the heights of a 747s cruising altitude and where the ocean is no less than ten steps away.
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