Sterling grew up in rural Maine where he worked for his regional conservation corps through high school and into college. He graduated from Hobart College, in upstate New York, where he majored in Art and English. After moving West and working as a designer, woodworking instructor, snake handler, tour guide and elementary school teacher he led a high-school trail crew in Oregon and once again found passion in working outdoors. He has been a project leader on Pacific Crest Trail crews, a Leader Team and a Desert Restoration Corps crew. He is excited to be mapping the beautiful Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and returning to the Pacific Northwest. Both in and out of the backcountry Sterling enjoys music, food, sleeping in beds, reading, writing, planning adventures and pickling things.