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Northeast Mountaineering Guides

The Guides at Northeast Mountaineering are a small group of highly trained and experienced climbers. Collectively, they have years of experience on rock, ice and snow from New England to Alaska to Yosemite and Ecuador to Nepal. Despite their own personal ascents, they thrive on teaching their skills to others. At NEM you will get personal attention, a low guide to client ratio, and a relaxed and fun environment for you to climb to your full potential.

Our guides hold various credentials including Wilderness EMT, First Responder and First Aid, AMGA climbing certifications, Leave No Trace Trainer, Search and Rescue, and Avalanche Certifications. With NEM you are in good hands!

Corey Fitzgerald – Mountain Guide, Co-Founder NEM

Corey found his love for mountains at the young age of 8 when he first scaled Mt. Adams in New Hampshire. For the next 16 years he has continued to hike and backpack throughout the country. He found his niche of climbing bigger mountains when he visited Mt Rainier for the first time. He has training as a professional photographer, which has only compounded his love for the outdoors and high places. Corey also enjoys hiking, floating lazy rivers, and any other adventurous activity.

Climbing Resume
Denali, Alaska – West Buttress • Mt. Rainier, Washington – 7 ascents—3 Routes • Mt. Shuksan, Washington – Fisher Chimneys—2, Sulphide Glacier • Mt. Baker, Washington – North Ridge • Mt. Hood, Oregon • Colorado – 14ers • Mt. Washington, NH – 40+ Ascents • New England Ascents • Presidential Traverse – Summer and Winter • Thorsborne Trail, Austrailia

SOLO Wilderness EMT • AIARE Avalanche II • AMGA SPI • Leave No Trace Trainier

Brett Fitzgerald – Mountain Guide, Co-Founder NEM

Although Brett has always had a love for the outdoors, He found his real love for the mountains and climbing after his first visit to Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Brett has been hooked ever since. His ingenuity, determination, and creativity have seen him through countless days and nights on some of the highest peaks in the country. When Brett is not in the mountains you can find him fishing, playing sports, or graphic designing.

Climbing Resume
Denali, Alaska – West Buttress • Mt. Rainier, Washington – 5 Ascents—3 Routes • Mt. Shuksan, Washington – Fisher Chimneys—2, Sulphide Glacier • Mt. Baker, Washington – North Ridge • Mt. Hood, Oregon • Mt. Washington, NH – 40+ ascents including Pinnacle Gully and more • New England Ascents • Presidential Traverse – Summer and Winter • Thorsborne Trail, Austrailia • Everest Basecamp Trek, Nepal • Kala Pathar, Nepal • Ama Dablam Basecamp Trek, Nepal • Cho La, Nepal • Renjo La, Nepal

SOLO Wilderness EMT • Avalanche II • Leave No Trace Trainier

Alek Pouliopoulos – Mountain Guide, NEM

From a very young age, Alek has climbed everything in sight. At age two, he figured out how to climb out of the window in his bedroom and onto the roof. At age five, his parents caught him rappelling off of the staircase with a short piece of rope. At age nine, he had his birthday party at a local climbing gym and he’s been hooked ever since. For the past eight years, he has been a competitive rock climber and has competed at both the national and international level as a youth and adult competitor. From his humble beginnings in New England, to the limestone crags of Spain and the rough Granite of Joshua Tree National Park, Alek has taken every chance possible to travel and climb all over the world. He currently attends Western State Colorado University where he has a double major of Recreation and Outdoor Education and Psychology. He is also an active member of the Western State Mountain Rescue Team.

Climbing Resume
Mt. Rainier, Washington – Disappointment Cleaver • Mt. Shuksan, Washington – Sulphide Glacier • Mt. Hood, Oregon • Various traditional, sport and bouldering ascents in New England, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, Nevada, California, Spain, Ecuador and Italy • Kundalini 5.12d, Rumney, NH (Sport) • Kathy’s corner 5.10a, Taylor Canyon, CO (Trad) • Bubble Butt V7 Red Rocks, NV (Bouldering) • Plus many more…

Wilderness First Responder • AMGA SPI • Leave No Trace Master Trainier • AIARE Level I

Anthony Cormier – Mountain Guide, NEM

Anthony has been drawn to the mountains from a very young age. Technical climbing became his passion in the teen years into early twenties competing as a sponsored climber in the USA Climbing Series. Serenity soon drew him back to the long alpine routes of the Northeast where you can find him now. Mountaineering in season, fly fishing in the off season but always in the mountains. Anthony is also a member of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue and has climbed across the country from California to Kentucky to Colorado and right here at home.

Climbing Resume
Mt. Shasta- 2 Routes • Mt. Hood, Oregon • Appalachian Trail thru hike • Kathadin, Maine – Winter “Knife Edge” Traverse • Colorado Ascents • New England Ascents • Rock CLimbing, Rumney, NH – Geographic Factor, WI5, Shaelyns – Way, WI5, Fangmanship, WI5, – Venus of a Halfshell, 5.12c, Flesh for Lulu, 5.12a/b • Rock CLimbing, Obed River, TN – Rage, 5.12c • Rock CLimbing, Red River Gorge, KY – Tacit, 5.12a • Rock Climbing, Cannon, NH – Whitney Gilman Ridge, 5.7 – Cinch -Sack, 5.11b *=• Echo Crag, NH • Plus many more…

Avalanche Awareness – SOLO • Wilderness First Aid – SOLO • Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue “Winter Above Tree-line Team” – AVSAR

Vincent Dude – Mountain Guide, NEM

Vincent draws from over a decade of experience on rock and ice. His intimate knowledge of Rumney, Franconia Notch, and Mt. Washington Valley, allows him to give NEM clients an experience like no other. Vincent is a school teacher and a father of 4 young children, which is clearly evident in his guiding and decision making. When he is not in the mountains, he enjoys Surfing, Whitewater Kayaking, and Mountain Biking.

Climbing Resume
Book of Solemnity – 5.10 • Recombeast – 5.9 • Hotter than Hell – 5.9 • Vertigo – 5.9 A0 • Flying Hawaiian – 5.11 • Black Dike – 5.6 WI4+ M3- • Great White Icicle, Utah – WI3 • Grand Teton via Owen-Spaulding Route • Mt. Rainier • All of New Hampshire’s 4000 footers – Half in Winter.

Wilderness Paramedic Training • Wilderness First Aid • Avalanche I • AMGA SPI Aspirant

Mike Cherim – Mountain Guide, NEM

Mike, a.k.a. NH Tramper, began his hiking career at four-years-old on Mt Washington (Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit). He has since hiked the 48 several time (a yearly thing for him) as well as several mountains/ranges outside of New Hampshire (see Climbing Resume below). He is also into other outdoor pursuits such as indoor and outdoor climbing, skiing, backpacking, snowshoeing, fishing, and more

Climbing Resume
Mt Washington over 30 times • Mt Adams over 15 times, all of the 4000-footers in NH several times • Wasatch (Ut.) • Grand Canyon (Az.) • Dolomites (Ital.) • Minami Alps and Mt. Fuji (Jpn.) • Yosemite (Ca.) • Mt. Rainier, Washington – Disappointment Cleaver • Mt. Shuksan, Washington – Sulphide Glacier • Mt. Hood, Oregon

Wilderness First Responder – SOLO CPR – AHA • Avalanche One – AMC • Advanced Winter Travel – AMC • Leadership – AMC • Class 1 Leader – AMC Excursions • Glacier Travel – AMC Mountaineering • Crevasse Rescue – AMC Mountaineering • SPI Aspirant – AMGA • Trail Adopter (Valley Way) – AMC • Basic Skills Trail Maintainence – AMC • Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue “Winter Above Tree-line Team” – AVSAR • Leave No Trace Trainier

Mark Lynch – Mountain Guide, NEM

Mark has been skiing since 1978 and climbing since 1985. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the backcountry. His enthusiasm for teaching and guiding is extremely contagious and can motivate just about anyone. From New England to Utah to Colorado, Mark has ascended and descended it all. Spend a day climbing or skiing with him and your day will be full of humor, epic stories, and most of all you will learn a ton.

Climbing Resume
Skiing career spanning 36 years • Ski descents of nearly every gully on Mt. Washington • Backcountry ski decents on Mt. Willard, Whitehorse Ledge, Mt. Webster and many others in the White Mountains • Team Member of First Ascent of “Answered Prayers” 5.12c on Whitehorse Ledge • Rock Climbs up to 5.12 • Ice Climbs up to WI5

Wilderness EMT • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Aspirant

Brenden Bourassa – Mountain Guide, NEM

Brenden’s laid back demeanor and personable attitude make him a highly sought after guide by past NEM climbers. Don’t let this fool you though, he can climb hard! Brenden prefers warm days on the rock over cold days climbing ice, but he is one of our top guide’s for Mt. Washington in the winter months. He has a wealth of knowledge and a drive to create the best possible experience for those he is guiding. You can often find Brenden rock climbing, bouldering, playing guitar and guiding a lot of waterfall rappelling.

Climbing Resume
Mt. Washington, NH • Franconia Ridge, NH • Rock Climbs up to 5.13

Leave No Trace Trainer • First Aid Training • AMGA SPI Aspirant

Ryan Gibbs – Mountain Guide, NEM

Ryan learned to ski in the Western Mountains of Maine where he would spend the next 7 years. Eventually he thirsted for something more and broke into the alpine touring and ski mountaineering scene. Over the next 7 years he found himself anywhere from the steeps of Mt. Katahdin, to the infamous gullies of Mt. Washington and White Mountains, as well as Wyoming, Colorado, the Cascades, and British Columbia. From the steep and deep to mellow winding cruisers Ryan is sure to teach you new skills and change your perspective.

When Ryan isn’t skiing you can find him hiking, biking, and most recently ice climbing.

Climbing Resume
Backcountry ski descents of most gullies on Mt. Washington and Mt. Katahdin • Ski descents on Mt. Willard and various gullies on New England 4000 footers • Over 50% complete the New England 4000 footers • Single Day Presidential Traverse (Summer) • Mt. Washington summit over 30 times with hundreds of days in the gullies and ravines

Wilderness First Responder • AIARE Level II

Coby Jacobus – Mountain Guide, NEM

Coby Jacobus was on skis at 3, hockey skates at 4 and adamant at 5 that he preferred an adventure vacation over Disney World. He began alpine skiing in Vermont but transitioned to back country skiing to enjoy the solitude, challenge and untracked powder. He ran Division I cross-country and track at UNH and began enjoying the mountain year round upon graduation. His enthusiasm for the mountains is infectious. Coby enjoys big days in the backcountry, whether it’s linking several ravines in a single day on alpine touring skis, long mountain trail runs or multi pitch rock climbs. Nothing gives him more pleasure though than having his dog Miss Gracie enjoy these experiences with him.

Climbing Resume
Countless winter ski ascents and descents of Mount Washington and surrounding area often linking several ravines in a single day • Haute Route: Chamonix, France Zermatt, Switzerland • Numerous ski tours near Bishop, CA • AMGA Ski Guides Course, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT • Matterhorn via Hornli Ridge (AD+/III+) • Ran a one day winter Presidential Traverse (Completed in 6 hours) • Tour Du Mont Blanc (TMB) Ran 120+ miles and 30,000 feet of elevation gain over 6 days circumnavigating the highest peak in the European Alps. • Rock climb up to 5.10a • Ice climb up to WI 5

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor • AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide (Ski Guides Course Completed 2014 in SLC) • AIARE Level II • S.O.L.O. Wilderness First Responder + CPR & AED

Sam Kilburn – Mountain Guide Intern, NEM

Sam has been coming to the White Mountains since before he could walk. He completed his first presidential traverse at age 8, and has never looked back. Throughout high school, Sam would take the family car and spend all weekend hiking in the Whites. Sam completed his 48th 4000-footer when he was 17. Since then, Sam has worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger, the AMC’s White Mountain Professional Trail Crew, and now with Northeast Mountaineering. Recently, Sam was accepted to the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR) team. Mountains have taken Sam all over the Americas, from Ecuador to the West Coast, to back home in New England. During the summer you can find Sam chopping trees and building trails in the White Mountains with the rest of the Professional Trail Crew.