Kirk Schumacher has been skiing and climbing for over 20 years, starting out on skis at an early age in his home state of Wisconsin and learning to climb at Devils Lake while attending nearby UW-Madison. Kirk went on to law school in New York which conveniently provided climbing in the Gunks and skiing in the New England region. Since then Kirk has skied and climbed throughout the US, Canada and Nepal, focusing his efforts on skiing and climbing in the Cascades after making Seattle his home in 1998.
After many years visiting the Methow Valley, he and his family moved to Mazama in 2013 and Kirk transitioned from his legal career to guiding in 2014. Kirk has completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course and AMGA Ski Guide Course in his pursuit of AMGA certification.