About: After stints in the military, the corporate world and a Zen monastery, Kel began pursuing climbing as his personal and professional passion. A Pacific Northwest native, his first summit was an all-cotton ascent of Washington’s Mt. Adams (12,281′). Fortunately, he went on to get appropriate training and since then has climbed and guided rock and ice in 12 different countries on four continents. Now, based in Vermont for most of the year, Kel owns and operates Adventure Spirit Rock+Ice+Alpine Experiences, a guide service specializing in Northeastern climbing objectives. Kel is also active in higher education, serving as a faculty member and instructor at several colleges and holding a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.
Kudos: Kel has complemented his university studies with AMGA training, having become both a Certified Rock and Alpine Guide. He also teaches AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses, is a Leave No Trave Master Educator and reviews gear and equipment for Climbing Magazine. In between his stints in the mountains, Kel serves on the board of CRAG-VT, Vermont’s climbing access organization, is an avid home-crafts enthusiast, budding wildlands forager and mushroom farmer as well as meditation practitioner.
On the Socks: Function 5 Over-the-Calf Cushion Sock, because it provides padding in all the right places and warmth all around–great for those chilly Northeastern days on the ice!