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Climbing Resume

Elephant's Perch Climbing

Matt began climbing while attending Middlebury College in Vermont. He honed his skills on the granite of high peaks region in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. One of the highlights of his climbing career was an ascent of Cerro Poincenot in Chilean Patagonia with his brother Erik in 1998. When Matt isn't floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon river, he occasionally works for Sawtooth Mountain Guides leading into climbers up routes in the Sawtooth Mountains.

A list of Matt's climbing milestones is listed below.


Climbing Experience
1988 - High school outdoor program climbing trip to Idaho's City of Rocks. Learn to belay and climb.
1990 - Plan and build outdoor climbing wall at the Community School, Sun Valley, ID
1990 - 1992 - Several trips to the City of Rocks. Learn to lead climb sport routes
1992 - 1996 - Purchase traditional climbing rack. Learn to lead climb traditional routes while attending Middlebury College. Climb extensively in the Adirondacks, NY, Vermont crags, and Shawangunks, NY. Climb technical ice for the first time. Lead sport to 5.11+ and trad to 5.10+.
1992 - 1996 (summers) - Some climbing in the Sawtooth Mountains. Longer traditional routes. Mountaineer's Route (III 5.9), Black Buttress (III 5.9), Sideline (II 5.8), and Sunrise Book (II 5.11-) on the Elephants Perch. Occasional trips to the City of Rocks.
Summer 1997 - Attend guide training course and get licensed as a Technical Mountaineering Guide through Sawtooth Mountain Guides.
Fall 1997 - Train for a climbing trip to Patagonia. Significant routes: Goats Perch (5.10) and the North Ridge of Packrat Peak (III 5.10+) in the Sawtooth Mountains, ID; South Face of Washington Column (IV 5.10 A2) and The Nose on El Capitan (V 5.11+ A2) in Yosemite National Park, CA.
Winter 1997/98 - Whillans Route on Cerro Poincenot (IV 5.8 Mixed) and a mixed couloir route on Guijomet (III 5.8 Mixed) in Chilean Patagonia.
Spring 1998 - More traditional lead climbing in the Adirondacks, NY to 5.11.
Fall 1999 - The Fine Line (III 5.11) on the Elephants Perch in the Sawtooth Mountains.
Fall 2002 - 4 day mostly non-technical ridgeline traverse of the southern Sawtooth Mountains.
Fall 2002 - 26 hour mostly non-technical ridgeline traverse of the Lost River Range, ID. Attempt to climb all 12,000 foot peaks in a single push. We climbing all but one and descended due to other commitments
Fall 2003 - 3 day mostly non-technical ridgeline traverse of the White Cloud Mountains,ID (north to south). 1st attempt to climb all 11,000 foot peaks in a single push but we were weathered out.
Fall 2004 - 3 day mostly non-technical ridgeline traverse of the White Cloud Mountains, ID (south to north). 2nd attempt to climb all 11,000 peaks in the range in a single push but we were weathered out.
1999 - 2005 - Continue sporadic climbing in both sport (5.12-) and trad (5.10+) in the Sawtooth Mountains, City of Rocks, Southern Idaho Desert, Red Rocks,NV, Bishop, CA, Salt Lake City area, San Rafael Swell, Zion Nation Park, and Moab, UT. Sporadic guiding for Sawtooth Mountain Guides.