Elliot grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His family encouraged his love of being in the outdoors from a early age, taking him on many family death-marches, which probably explains why he likes going alpine climbing so much nowadays. He graduated from Green Mountain College with an Adventure Recreation degree, and moved to New Hampshire to pursue climbing and a guiding career. Elliot started guiding on Denali in 2007, and in 2014 finally made the move up to Alaska full time, lured up by the promise of un-ending powder skiing and the love of a beautiful lady (his future wife). Along with the Alaska Avalanche School, he also guides for the Alaska Mountaineering School and Exum Mountain Guides.