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)

Jed Eliades
I've been climbing for over 50 years on numerous crags and mountains throughout the United States.  I 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.  (Bonnie's Roof, 5.9, The Trapps, Shawangunks, NY, a popular climbing area since 1935. Taken Nov. 8, 2009) .
Jim Kent
AMC Trip Leader, Mountaineering Leader, Winter School Instructor, Director/Instructor Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops - My focus is more with snow and ice. (Gunstock, NH – Crevasse Rescue Workshop.  Taken April 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.  (Cathedral ledge, N. Conway on the first pitch of "Toe Crack.") .
Tom Meredith
I've been doing technical climbing and mountaineering ever since I joined the Middlebury College Outing Club in Vermont over 40 years ago.  Since then I've 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 I led climbing trips for the Colorado Mountain Club and in the 90's for the Seattle Mountaineers.  I moved to New Hampshire in 1999 and started leading climbs for the NH AMC Mountaineering section about 5 years ago.
Heidi Zinser
I started climbing in 1996 and took the Boston AMC's annual rock climbing program in 1998.  Here I learned important safety skills, acquired the knowledge to set up my own top rope, learned skills necessary to be a second on a rope team, and formed climbing friendships.  I did my first trad lead in the fall of 2000 and ironically, my first sport lead almost 3 years later.  I started climbing with the NH-AMC around 2005.  I have been to several climbing venues around the United States and Canada.  I've even been dropped off by chopper in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia and not seen another person other than those in my party for 10 days.  I love to climb and I love teaching and inspiring others to climb.  (Mt. Lemmon, Dec 2006, Top of Slippery When Wet2.)
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