SPEAKER
DEREK DEBRUIN

Radical Outdoor Enthusiast

Derek DeBruin is fortunate to have spent more than a decade instructing climbing and skiing in the mountains, a passion that has taken him across the United States in search of steep rock, frigid ice, and powdery snow. After years spent on the road with this wife, Susan, they now make their home in Ogden, Utah.

Working and living in the Wasatch provides unfettered access to the mountains. Derek appreciates the ease of access, but after thousands of days spent in the untamed environment found there, he also understands the risks posed by climbing and skiing as well as the landscape itself. He devotes significant energy to managing these risks for his students and clients, his partners, and himself.

DeBruin is currently attempting to strike a balance between his work, play, and fatherhood. He instructs climbing, backcountry skiing, and hiking at Weber State University and owns Bear House Mountain Guiding with Susan. He volunteers for Weber County Search and Rescue and the American Mountain Guides Association. Most rewarding is the time spent introducing his son to the world around him, where he hopes to impart the lessons about risk, reward, discipline, and humility that the mountains can teach.