About Rob



Rob and his show girls









I have been an outdoors enthusiast for forty years. I started out backpacking as a Boy Scout. Pretty quickly, I became interested in climbing and backcountry skiing. I started pursuing mountain climbing while in high school, rock climbing while in college, and backcountry skiing while in graduate school. I continue to pursue each of these today.

While in college, I found my first Siberian Husky, or she found me.  It’s not clear which. Whichever it was, I fell in love with the breed.

Mushing was an obvious way to combine outdoor pursuits and time with my dogs. I started in 1999 by skijoring with the two show stock Siberians I then owned. I raced as a skijorer in 2000, 2001, and 2002. I did a little sprint sled racing in 2003 and 2004. The next two seasons I did 6 and 12 dog mid-distance heat races.  I finished Montana’s Race to the Sky in 2008, Oregon’s Eagle Cap Extreme in 2009, and ran in the 2009 Iditarod. 

At this time, I am moving back to my roots: skijoring.  I hope to do as much expedition and backcountry skijoring as I can.  With this and my writing, I want to do for skijoring what Colin Fletcher did for backpacking and hiking.

I now own 13 racing stock purebred Siberians and one rescue.  My racing dogs are mostly from Bob Chlupach/Rick Outwin’s Chlout-Velikaya Kennel. I also have a few racing dogs from Lev Shvarts' Team Ollie and Daisy, my old girl from Karen Yeargain's Tumnatki Kennel.

I am a 63 year old nuclear physicist having earned my B.S. from Caltech and my Ph.D. from the University of Washington. In addition to mushing, physics, climbing, and skiing, I enjoy Taekwon-Do which I have been studying since 1979.

I am hoping to make a career out of writing about these. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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