Benny is a climber. But climbing doesn’t happen in the design studio. So in 2016, Benny radically redesigned his life, throwing away sketchpads and sticky notes to begin prototyping a greater design project: a life in the mountains.
Surely this came at a worthwhile cost. Moving from the comfort of an apartment in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia to an old rusty trailer at the foot of Mt. Rainier, trading in dress shirts and slick shoes for wool tops and mountain boots: the contrast was stark.
Since then, Benny has lived adventure to its fullest both personally and as a guide. Living in a trailer, a canvas tent in Alaska, and a station wagon everywhere else, sleeping bags and backpacks are now a way of life. With an emphasis on exploration, climbing has brought him from the crevassed slopes of the Cascades to New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Nepali Himalaya, the French Alps and several Alaskan Ranges. Alaska has become home much of the year and is a key piece of Benny’s climbing & storytelling. Benny’s primary focus is on expedition alpinism in the greater ranges.
As a young child, Benny’s heroes were explorers: Bradford Washburn, Ernest Shackleton, Sir Edmund Hillary. The reconnection to this passion in 2016 is now blooming with Alaska Wilderness Project, which has Benny staged for his own vision in Alaska. With a background in Product Design & Service Design, paired with a passion for literature and history, Benny combines his alpine adventures with design thinking to engage in wilderness exploration, rich storytelling, and product development. As a member of the Protect Our Winters’ Athlete Alliance, Benny advocates for the protection and preservation of land.