committee / mountaineering

Mountaineering Leaders

We'd love to have you come climbing with us and welcome you to the group.

Our trip leaders and instructors would like to introduce themselves…
(although some are a little bashful to be on this page)


Top of Slippery When Wet2
Mt. Lemmon, AZ, Dec. 13, 2006
Heidi Zinser
She started climbing in 1996 and took the Boston AMC's annual rock climbing program in 1998.  Here she learned important safety skills, acquired the knowledge to set up her own top rope, learned skills necessary to be a second on a rope team, and formed climbing friendships.  She did my first trad lead in the fall of 2000 and ironically, her first sport lead almost 3 years later.  She started climbing with the NH-AMC around 2005.  She has been to several climbing venues around the United States and Canada.  She has even been dropped off by chopper in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia and not seen another person other than those in her party for 10 days.  She loves to climb and loves teaching and inspiring others to climb.

Bonnie's Roof, 5.9, The Trapps, Shawangunks, NY,
(a popular climbing area since 1935) Nov. 8, 2009
Jed Eliades
Been climbing for over 50 years on numerous crags and mountains throughout the United States.  Ran classes in climbing, back country skiing, and mountain safety for the Dartmouth College Experiential Education Program for 15 years and have been leading climbs and classes for the NH AMC for many years.  Certified as a Single Pitch Climbing Instructor by the American Mountain Guides Association.  Past Chair of the NH AMC Mountaineering Group.

Crevasse Rescue Workshop
Gunstock, NH, April 2008
Jim Kent
AMC Trip Leader, Mountaineering Leader, Winter School Instructor, Director/Instructor Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops - His focus is more with snow and ice.

Joe Dorsheimer on the Summit of Athabasca, Canadian Rockies July 2012
Joe Dorsheimer

Johanna Hunter Ice climbing in RR Cut 2015
Johanna Hunter
Discovered the thrill of mountaineering in 2004 during a NOLS Mountaineering course on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and has since done expeditions/treks in France/Switzerland, Ecuador, Argentina, Tanzania, Uganda, Scotland, Washington and Colorado. Climbing rock since 2006 and ice since 2011. Loves NH/VT for the diversity of terrain and endless possibilities to get outside and have fun or a challenge.

On the first pitch of "Toe Crack," Cathedral Ledge
N. Conway, NH, April 20, 2008
Larry Krutko
NH AMC ice and rock climbing leader for 6 years.  Avid climber and mountaineer with 18 years climbing experience in New England, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Alaska and South America.

Rumney Rocks, NH
July 1, 2008
© by Emilie Phillips
Thor Smith
First climbed NH granite circa 1993 and began in earnest with the NH AMC in 2005. He favorite climb ... whenever he has a fun day. His most unusual and memorable climb is the north face of Gothics Mountain in the Adirondacks. He likes teaching people to climb safely, efficiently, and have fun on the rock.

Tom Meredith
Tom Meredith
He has been doing technical climbing and mountaineering ever since joining the Middlebury College Outing Club in Vermont over 40 years ago.  Since then he's climbed in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana as well as in the Canadian Rockies, the Alps, and Bolivia.  In the 1980's he led climbing trips for the Colorado Mountain Club and in the 90's for the Seattle Mountaineers.  He moved to New Hampshire in 1999 and started leading climbs for the NH AMC Mountaineering section about 5 years ago.

Me and Aretha
Alstead, NH, December 2009
Tom SintrosTom’s Gallery
Hiking since 1960's. Learned to rock climb from AMC Joy St. classes in 70's. Gave up climbing for about 25 years but hiked regularly. Started ice and rock again with son around 2005. Has taught orienteering for over thirty years. Loves ice climbing now and leads hikes. Completed the Presidential Range Hike in 2005 with his wife. Tom’s Gallery

The Junco, Jimmy Cliff, Rumney, NH
Photo © by Joe Draper
Tony Schmidt
Has been rock and ice climbing since 1997. He has climbed through out the country, including Alaska, California, Colorado, New York, Washington State, Wyoming and of course New England. A glacier travel instructor, he has been leading climbing trips for the NH Chapter since 2004.
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