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Michael Tarallo

Michael Tarallo
  • First Year at BOSS: 2010
  • Current Position: Advanced Instructor, Registrar
  • Hometown: Fairfax, VA
  • Currently Resides In: Flagstaff, AZ

I came to BOSS Because…

My mom made me do it. She thought I needed to journey into the wilderness to figure out my path in life. She was right. Like most students who come out to BOSS, I got way more out of the course than I was expecting. The most unexpected discovery I made on my course was a healthy and fulfilling new life and career as an outdoor educator.

I Teach at BOSS Because…

I want to share the challenges, gifts and beauty of the natural world with everyone.  I hope to help people see that the wild is not such a wild place after all, and that they are capable of way more than they know or could ever dream.  Wilderness survival and primitive skills are just tools we teach to help people be comfortable in the bush, but the less tangible elements of course, the personal growth, the resiliency, and the strength to handle adversity are what makes our courses so special.  Teaching at BOSS is my way of being a steward for our planet and a positive influence on my fellow humans.

Interesting Trivia about Michael:

  • Favorite movie: Jeremiah Johnson
  • Favorite food: Breakfast Burritos
  • Studied Adventure Education at Prescott College
  • Climber, musician, ultralight backpacker, and bartender