Outdoor Education Faculty at CMC Vail Valley

DAN AGUILAR, has more than 20 years of experience climbing mountains around the world and 18 years as a member of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group in Colorado. As climbing leader for the 1993 and 1995 American expeditions to Mt. Everest, he abandoned his climb just short of the final summit in order to assist Sherpas in the recovery of the bodies of two climbers.  The unselfishness of his action was widely acclaimed.  Dan finally reached the summit of Mt.Everest in 1995.

SEAN GLACKIN, is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified whitewater kayaking instructor and the owner of Alpine Kayak & Canoe in Avon.  Sean has been kayaking and guiding in the Vail Valley since 1995 and makes many contributions to our outdoor education program.

DAVE TUCHOLKE, moved to the Vail Valley in 1981, where he began his backcountry and mountaineering career. He has been rock and ice climbing, since 1988 and began teaching Outdoor Education classes for CMC in 1990.  He has also been a member of American Mountain Guides Association since 1993. He is currently the Mountain Operations Manger for Vail ski area.

MIA TUCHOLKE, has a degree in Chemical Engineering, a BS in Environmental Science and an Outdoor Education Certificate from CMC.  She has been teaching and leading outdoor courses since 1993.  Her teaching experience has been in rock and ice climbing, snow and river orientation, and mountaineering. Mia has taught skiing for 12 years at Breckenridge and Vail, and has worked on Vail Ski Patrol for 5 years. She has also been a river guide for 10 years. She currently works as the Division Director for Outdoor Education at CMC Vail Valley.