- First Year at BOSS: 2012
- Current Position: Instructor and Executive Director
- Hometown: Duvall, WA
- Currently Resides In: Bellingham, WA
I came to BOSS Because…After years of teaching wilderness skills and leading backcountry trips in the remote glacial valleys of Montana, I found I had a growing desire to connect more deeply with the wilderness I loved and relax my reliance on modern tools and technology. In almost every circle of like-minded folks, the BOSS field courses came up as the gold standard for this kind of experience. I signed up.
I Teach at BOSS Because…I did not expect my student course to have such a profound impact on me. I can’t say if it was the elegant structure of the course, the remarkable skill and genuine presence of my instructors, or the huge, stark, aliveness of the Utah desert and mountains. I jumped at the opportunity to join the BOSS staff. I feel lucky to continue to learn from my fellow instructors, to explore the wilds of Southern Utah, and that I can help to guide students in their own journeys with BOSS.
Interesting Trivia about Eli:
- Eli has spent a year of his life in Antarctica, walked with penguins, and was the official farmer of the South Pole.
- Eli is a professor of Environmental Science and Biology in Bellingham, WA when he is not teaching at BOSS.
- Eli makes an excellent partner for a three-legged race. Good rhythm.