Hometown: Lake Placid, New York
College: Harvard College
A former Division 1 Nordic Skier at Harvard, David McCahill most recently served as the Director of the New York Ski Educational Foundation Winter Term in Lake Placid, New York. He also teaches physics and calculus to members of the US Freestyle (aerials) program.
A proud Adirondacker and native of Lake Placid, New York, David is a graduate of Harvard College where he majored in environmental science and public policy. While at Harvard, David captained the Division 1 Nordic Ski Team, and he was a four-time trip leader with the college’s First-Year Outdoor Program. Following graduation, David returned to Lake Placid to teach science and math at the National Sports Academy and to coach ski jumping and cross-country skiing with the NYSEF, where he was honored by the United States Ski/Snowboard Association as the “Domestic Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Coach of the Year” for the 2010/2011 season. David spent the two years living and working in Innsbruck, Austria, teaching English at a Technical College through a grant from the Fulbright Commission and the Austrian Ministry of Education. While in Austria, he divided his free time between cycling, backcountry skiing and mountaineering—but on the good days, you’d find him doing all three.
In 2012, David led Teton Challenge; in 2013, he led Alpine Challenge; in 2014, he led European Explorer; in 2015, he led European Challenge; and in 2016 he supported both European Challenge groups. He writes, “Leading for Overland is so special because of the community. I’ve never encountered a group of folks so willing to learn, explore, teach and share their passion with students as I have with the Overland leader community. Every summer I learn so much and make so many lasting relationships; it’s what keeps me coming back year after year. ”