I work for Mooney Mountain Guides out of the West side of the White Mountains. We guide throughout NH and VT as well as select destinations countrywide. I am particularly enthusiastic about sharing New Hampshire’s classic climbs with visiting climbers and teaching up and coming climbers the skills they need to pursue their climbing passions.

Guiding inquiries can be directed to


Professional Development:

Guide Apprenticeship Program – Holderness School – 2008

Wilderness First Responder Certified since – 2007

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor since – 2012

AIARE Avalanche 1 Course Graduate – 2009

AIARE Avalanche 2 Course Graduate – 2016

AMGA Rock Guide Course Graduate – 2015

AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam Graduate – 2016

AMGA Ice Instructor Course Graduate – 2017

Work Experience:

5 years running a Holderness School Climbing Program

(Check out a cool article on this program’s recent expansion here)

5 years guiding private guests for Mooney Mountain Guides

 Coach/guide for the White Mountain Climbing Camp

2 technical climbing courses taught for New England College

Guiding for R.E.I’s New Hampshire trips (Ice Climbing, Mountaineering)

Guest Guide for Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest

Non-Profit Work Experience:

Rumney Climbers Association – Board of Directors

Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue – Winter Above Team Member

Mountain Rescue Service – Team member

New England Climbing Clinic – Instructor

Climbing Experience:

Sport Climbing Red-points to 5.13b and onsights up to 5.12b

Trad Climbing Red-points to 5.12 and onsights up to 5.11c

Ice Climbing up to WI 5

Moderate mixed climbing and aid climbing experience

Climbing All over New England as well as in the West (CO, WY, UT, CA, ID, NV)


Erik @ Mooney Mountain Guides is phenomenal!  He is very personable and does a great job taking care of his clients.  Erik has the knowledge and expertise to guide seasoned mountain veterans, but also the caring, compassion and patience needed to lead novices.  Erik puts his clients first, keeping the adventure within their skill level and expectations, without judgement.  His love of the mountains is contagious, and he epitomizes the highest level of professionalism that Mooney Mountain Guides represents!
-Jason, VT

 Our guide, Erik, was really fantastic. He was very patient and very experienced

Caroline, VA


“So, normally when James goes to an event, the most I can get out of him is, “yeah, it was good,” and getting other details feels like I am conducting an interrogation. But not today. He spent the entire 2.5 hr ride home talking about the ice climb experience. He really enjoyed your individualized approach to teaching and the entire philosophy and attitude you brought to the course.

Thanks again,”

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