Matt is from the Northeast U.S. and lives there throughout most of the year with his wife and son. Although he is passionate about the rock and ice climbing terrain in his home mountains, the Adirondacks of upstate New York, he can’t resist the diverse landscape and climbing opportunities that the rest of the country has to offer. For the better part of 20 years Matt has travelled seeking out long alpine routes, sunny desert rock climbs and perfect powder stashes with his climbing partners, whom he considers to be some of the finest people on this planet. Matt now spends his summers in the Pacific Northwest where he shares his stoke for mountaineering with his guests on Mt. Rainier and in the North Cascades. When he’s not climbing or guiding, Matt enjoys paddling quiet waters to remote campsites, cooking seasonal food and hanging out with friends and family. In between traveling for climbing and guiding objectives, Matt spends most of the winter as a ski patroller at Whiteface Mountain and guiding ice climbing in the Northeast.
Take 5 with the Guide
What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
“Mount” Kelso, Ontario Canada 1995 with my high school friend Peter. More of a limestone escarpment than a real mountain, but first real taste of the high and wild.
Good coffee, before climbing, every morning!
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
Sugar Frosted Corn Flakes
What’s always in your snack bag?
Meat and cheese and crackers. I have more of a savory than sweet tooth.
Most people don’t know that…
I used to work on a farm as a winemaker.
Mt. Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver, Ingraham Glacier Direct, Liberty Ridge, Kautz Glacier, Emmons Glacier
Grand Teton (in a day)
Casual Route on the Diamond of Longs Peak
Long rock routes in Red Rocks, NV and Zion National Park
Classic traditional rock and ice routes in the Northeast U.S.
AIARE Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Ice Instructor Course
All three guides were very patient and hands on, helping everyone in the team whether it was with new skills or refreshing exciting ones. There was plenty of practical learning/teaching before we ever left Talkeetna, not to mention on the mountain itself. Plus all three guides had great anecdotes!