Born in Colorado, Vince climbed his first mountain at age five and has been doing it ever since. Refusing to specialize, he climbs hard in the mountains, on sport, mixed routes, and, the crag. He'll place and clip bolts where appropriate and protect routes traditionally where appropriate - always respectful of local ethics. In 2005 he and Steve House put up a new route on the striking Rupal Face of the 26,660 ft. Nanga Parbat for which they won the coveted Piolet d’Or. In 2002 he competed in the Ice Climbing World Cup events and placed 6th in the World Championships. Vince has been IFMGA certified since 1998 and has guided numerous expeditions in the mountains of North America, South America, Asia and Europe. He started skiing at age eight. He competed on the freestyle skiing circuit, has guided heli-skiing in Valdez, and skied from over 7000m on Shishapangma. Vince loves hardcore music, good olive oil, and cooking multi-course meals.