Maurice is a dual citizen, but British by birth. He attended Sheffield College of Education before teaching in secondary schools and outdoor centers in England and Australia. He spent three years in Australia and during that time co-wrote the book Canoeing in Australia after exploring rivers in Victoria and competing in national slalom and wild water racing events. On returning to Britain, he studied for the Advanced Diploma in Physical Education at Carnegie College and Leeds University and then started an outdoor pursuits company in North Yorkshire, which he ran for five years.
In the U. S. he did his Masters’ at Mankato State University and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. During this time and subsequently he worked for the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) in the Tetons, the Wind Rivers, New York, Colorado, and North Carolina. He has been a trustee besides an instructor for WEA.
As a professor, he taught at Iowa State university, Cal Poly, Western State College of Colorado and Western Carolina University.