Miles came of age in the Seattle area where his playground was the beaches and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He studied Latin American studies at the Evergreen State College, where he had the opportunity to travel, work, and learn abroad. He has worked in the outdoor education field for all of his adult life in roles ranging from climbing instructor, to wilderness expedition leader. He gained most of his expedition experience guiding youth through the canyons and mountains of the Southwest, and the rainforests of Costa Rica. Miles also has extensive experience as a school-based social worker supporting marginalized youth. Miles resides in Olympia, Washington where he volunteers for a non-profit that supports homeless youth who want to finish school. In his free time you will find him backcountry snowboarding, rock climbing, or picking his guitar on the back porch.