Derek holds a Master's Degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College and has held faculty and staff positions at several colleges and universities. He is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Rock Instructor and a graduate of the AMGA Alpine Guide, Ice Instructor, and Advanced Rock Guide courses. He is also a course and exam director in the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor program. A member of the Association for Experiential Education, Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, and a Lead Instructor and staff trainer with Outward Bound, Derek also holds AIARE level II avalanche, Wilderness First Responder, NREMT-B and Wilderness EMT certifications. His many years of mountain adventure have ranged over 7 countries and 4 continents. When not directing or teaching courses for MOP, he frequently consults on program and curriculum design and risk management issues for other colleges and universities, and guides rock, ice and alpine ascents with Mooney Mountain Guides. He lives in Jerusalem, VT with his wife and three daughters.