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I don’t know if anyone is keeping statistics, but it’s safe to say that I have had more learners and clients on my rope and in my care than anyone in the North Country, maybe anyone in the country. Over those many years and many partnerships, I have learned a lot about climbing and about teaching. I am learning still, and I’ll probably learn something from you.

 

In my first year, an older Austrian guide gave me some advice. “Work as hard as you can,” he told me. “Start early, stay out late. Pay attention even on the walk to the climbs. Learn the client’s pace. Give them the best day you can.” I hear his words every single day that I share with a client. It’s also why I am usually the last guide straggling in at the end of a day.

Bio

 

BA English Literature, University of New Hampshire

M Ed. Education/Counseling St. Lawrence University

Forty-seven years climbing

 

Educator  

​Northwood School. 43 years as teacher and climbing instructor at Northwood School, ​serving also as Dean of Students, School Counselor, and Assistant Head of School.

 

​Adjunct faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Expeditionary Studies Program

Guide  

​The Lake Placid Climbing School (founder, the region’s first climbing guide service)

​Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service

​Adirondack Mountain Guides

​EMS Climbing School (North Conway)

​High Peaks Mountain Adventures

                 

Career Highlights:

​Salathe Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite

​NW Face Half Dome, Yosemite 

​Incredible Hulk (5.10) High Sierra, California

​The Naked Edge (5.11) Eldorado Canyon, Colorado

​Black Ice Couloir, Grand Teton, Wyoming

​Comic Relief (5.11) Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

​Third Pillar of Dana (5.10) Yosemite, California

​First Ascents on Newfoundland ice

​The Prow (5.11+) Cathedral Ledge, New Hampshire 

​White Eye (5.12) Cathedral ledge, New Hampshire

​The Throne (5.12) Shawangunks, New York

 

Highlights of more than 100 Adirondack First Ascents:

​First Free Ascent of Mental Blocks 5.12, Wallface

​First Free Ascent of Sailor’s Dive 5.11, Poke-O-Moonshine

​Aerie 5.12 Moss Cliff

​Too Wet to Plow 5.12 Washbowl Cliff

​Big Brother WI 5  

​Bombsicle  WI 5

​Chapel Pond Canyon (Lions, Hot Shot, Positive Reinforcement)

 

Books

​Climbing in the Adirondacks (editions 1983, 1996, 2004)

​Blue Lines and Blue Lines 2 (2006 and 2016)

​Rock Climbing: A Trailside Guide

​American Rock

​Adirondacks Alive

​Alpine Americas

 

Other writing

​Alpinist

​Climbing

​Adirondack Life

​Adirondack Explorer

 

Service

​The Peregrine Fund

​The Lake Placid Outing Club

​DEC Forest Rangers’ High-Angle Rescue Team (longest serving member)

​Whiteface Mountain Gondola Evacuation Team

​Blue Ice – a NASA project including “Crash School” on the Greenland Ice Cap and ​​​Teacher Exchange, Nagano, Japan

​Board Service

​​The Lake Placid Outing Club

​​Camp Good Grief

​​The Samaritan Family Counseling Center (chairman)