The Team

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Jim Zellers


Zellers, as most people refer to Jim, has always been known to make play his work from his days as a construction worker, to a furniture maker (with his own shop), a commercial stuntman, or a pro snowboarder.  While earning a BS in Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jim discovered rock climbing and soon began to combine his youth passion of snowboarding into a lifelong career as a Snowboard Mountaineer.  After 20 snowboard mountaineering expeditions around the world, and titles like “Snowboarder of the Year”, “Father of Extreme Snowboarding”, Couloir’s backcountry Hall of Fame, Zellers united his experience and motivation and began to inspire others to make the workplace more fun and twice as productive.  After 300 events getting employees outside to play and work for outdoor industry companies, Zellers has launched High Camp to help others explore the fun in their workplace.

Emily Turner

Emily Turner

Camp Manager

Emily has lived in the Lake Tahoe area since 2002. After graduating from Bucknell University with a BA in geography, she moved to Squaw Valley in order to ski as much as possible and along the way, she’s found all sorts of other activities that keep her entertained, even when there isn’t any snow on the ground. Having had jobs in the skiing, climbing, and biking industries for over a decade, there is still nothing better than getting a call from Jim Zellers asking her to help on a trip. High Camp trips are not jobs; they are fun, adventurous, entertaining experiences to remember, even when you’re posted up as a shuttle driver or cook or dishwasher! In addition to working with High Camp, Emily co-founded and is a head coach for North Tahoe Bike Force, a kids’ mountain bike program that was conceived after coaching the Squaw Valley Big Mountain Ski Team, and is the Director of Operations for Alpenglow Expeditions, a premier high-altitude international guide service.

Dave Nettle

Dave Nettle

Mountain Operations

Dave has been climbing and skiing for over four decades with his earliest adventure, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada solo at age 17.  After graduating from California State University Sacramento with honors in Environmental Studies, Dave moved to the Lake Tahoe area and has been there ever since.

Dave’s passion for climbing, skiing has fueled dozens of alpine climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to the mountain ranges of Alaska, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.  He thrives on pursuing challenges with ‘confident uncertainty’ and his philosophy of a successful climbing adventure is to travel light and simply while enjoying the people, cultures and friendships along the journey.

Since 1990 Dave has organized and hosted an adventure slide show series for the Tahoe community. Professionally, he’s managed mountaineering shops for over 25 years and since 2002 he has been an internationally certified Industrial Rope Access level 3 technician and Assessor, currently instructing Rope Access and Rescue courses for Ropeworks out of Reno, NV.



Field Logistics

J. Mack has lived in the North Lake Tahoe area for over 20 years where outside of his passion for skiing he enjoys mountain biking, camping and cooking. In pursuit of an education in adventure, he spent a semester in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School.
His passion for skiing lead him to the early days of competitive free skiing (extreme skiing), which in turn lead him to the Chugach Mountains of Alaska where he started heli ski guiding for Points North Heli Adventures in Cordova and Juneau since 1998. In addition to Alaska, he has guided  biannual ski touring trips on the Antarctic Peninsula since 2009.
His credentials include Wilderness First Responder, EMT (’98 – ’06), Level III Mountain Guides Avalanche Course, CPR/Advanced First Aid (’98 – current).
Being a fellow member of the “Church of the Seven Day Recreationalist”, and being happiest when working in the outdoors helping people achieve new experiences, the call from High Camp  means another chance to live the dream!