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 – Guide, Avalanche Instructor, Director of Operations



Corey found his love for mountains at the young age of 8 when he first scaled Mt. Adams in New Hampshire. In 2005, he visited Mt Rainier for the first time and decided to climb it in 2006. He has gone on to climb and guide it over a dozen times and has since added climbs and ski descents in Alaska, the western US, South America, Asia and Iceland. He attended photography school in 2006, which has only compounded his love for the outdoors and high places. When he is not in the mountains, you can find him on his farm in Western Maine with his wife, daughter and 2 dogs.
Climbing Resume
Denali, Alaska • Mt. Rainier, Washington – 10 ascents • Mt. Shuksan, Washington – 4 ascents • Mt. Baker, Washington • Mt. Hood, Oregon – 2 ascents • Colorado – 14ers • Mt. Washington, NH – 75+ Ascents • New England Ascents • Presidential Traverse – Summer & Winter • Arctic backcountry ski expedition in Iceland x5 • • Backcountry Ski Expedition to Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan • Thorsborne Trail, Australia • Cayambe (18,997ft), Ecuador – 2 Ascents • Imbabura, Ecuador – 2 Ascents• Pichincha, Ecuador – Paso de la Muerte Route – 2 Ascents • Everest Basecamp Trek, Nepal • Expedition to Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Certifications
Wilderness EMT
AIARE Pro 2
AIARE Level 1+2 Course Leader
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
Leave No Trace Trainer
AVSAR – “Winter Above Treeline Team”

Austen Bernier – Guide, Avalanche Instructor, Operations Manager



Austen grew up right here in “the Valley” amongst the many forests and crags that lie in Mount Washington’s shadow.  After spending his college and vagabond years wandering the American West, Europe, and South America, he finally landed back home in New England. When he’s not guiding, climbing, or skiing, you can find Austen touching up on foreign languages, or posted up with a good book.
Climbing Resume

Mt Rainier, WA • Mt Baker, WA • Mt Shuksan, WA • 50+ Ascents of Mt Washington, NH •  Mt Katahdin, ME •  Colorado 14ers • Summer/Winter 1 Day Presidential Traverse • Long Trail VT • Cohos Trail NH • NH + VT 4,000 footers • Climbing and Skiing across the U.S., South America, Spain. Rock Climbs up to 5.11. Ice Climbs up to WI5

Certifications
Wilderness EMT
Leave No Trace Trainer
AIARE Avalanche Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
AMGA Ice Instructor Course Completion
Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

Matt Bowman – Senior Guide



Matt started mountaineering while studying geology at University of Maine, Farmington. After a summer of fieldwork in the Cascades of Washington State, he relocated to New Hampshire to begin his tenure as Harvard Cabin Caretaker in Huntington Ravine. This move nurtured a love for Mount Washington and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Matt’s happiest while climbing, skiing, and exploring the lesser visited mountains and crags of New Hampshire and Maine with family and friends – old and new.
Climbing Resume
Mooses Tooth, AK • Mount Dickey, AK • Mount Foraker, AK • Mount Hunter, AK • Mount Rainier, WA • Mount Shuksan, WA • Forbidden Peak, WA • Mount Shasta, CA • Single day Presidential Traverse (summer & winter) • Single day Hut Traverse • Countless days climbing and skiing on Mount Washington • Knife Edge Traverse (winter) • Everest Basecamp + High Passes Trek, Nepal • Black Peak, WA • Mt Baker, WA • Mt. Rainier, WA • Multiple winter trips to Baxter State Park, ME • Multiple road trips to Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Yosemite.
Certifications
AVSAR – “Winter Above Treeline Team”
Wilderness First Responder
AIARE Level II
High Angle Rescue Training
Leave No Trace Trainer

David Lottmann – Senior Guide, Avalanche Instructor


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David has devoted his entire adult life to climbing – pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an Ortovox Team Athlete, an expert gear tester at the Gear Institute, an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
Climbing Resume
Mount Shuksan, WA • Mt. Rainier, WA • Forbidden Peak, Washington • Multiple winter ascents of Mount Katahdin, Maine • Arctic backcountry ski expedition in Iceland x3 • 100+ ascents of Mount Washington • Winter Presidential Traverse, New Hampshire • Backcountry skiing in New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Washington • Multiple rock climbing trips to North Carolina, West Virginia, Acadia National Park, Red Rocks, Nevada, Joshua Tree, California, Flatirons and Lumpy Ridge, Colorado • Ice climbing to WI5 • Rock climbing to 5.10
Certifications
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Level 3
AIARE Level 1+2 Course Leader
Wilderness EMT
Mountain Rescue Service: “A” Team
AVSAR – “Winter Above Treeline Team”

Doug Dobkowski – Guide



Doug was introduced to the outdoors at an early age by his parents, completing his first hike at 2 years old and continued to be active in the backcountry through his childhood, adolescence, and adult life. Doug’s background is in education, earning his Master’s from Pace University in 2008 and teaching Middle School Math for 8 years before making the transition to outdoor educator. In 2016, he moved to the White Mountains to work as a full-time backpacking guide for Summit Achievement. This transition introduced Doug to a community of outdoor enthusiasts and more technical activities like rock climbing, ice climbing, and backcountry skiing which he has been fervently pursuing ever since. Doug loves learning and sharpening outdoors skills and loves to share this knowledge with others. He lives in North Conway with his partner and his dog.
Climbing Resume25+ years backpacking, 15+ years winter backpacking, 15+ years alpine skiing, 10 years as an outdoor educator and guide.
7 years mountaineering experience: Shuksan (2021), Baker (2021), Dozens of Winter Mt Washington ascents in varied conditions, 2 winter 14er ascents in Colorado: Bierstadt and Quandary Peak, single-day winter Presidential Traverse (2020), winter traverse of Moriah-Carter ridge (2017), guided over 100 backcountry winter overnights, and completed the NH 48 4,000 footers (2022).
6 years sport climbing experience, proudest ascent: Wild Rumpus 5.12a
5 years trad climbing experience, proudest ascent: Abrakadabra 5.11b
5 years alpine trad climbing experience, proudest ascent: Black Orpheus 5.10a
5 years ice climbing experience, proudest ascent: Repentance WI 5, M5.
5 years backcountry skiing experience, notable tours in: Tuckerman Ravine, Oaks Gulf, Gulf of Slides, Airplane Gully, and the Chic-Chocs.
Certifications
Wilderness First Responder
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AIARE Avalanche Rescue
Leave No Trace Trainer
AVSAR Team Member

Coby Jacobus – Guide



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 • Mount Rainier, WA • Cayambe (18,997ft), Ecuador • Imbabura, Ecuador • Pichincha, Ecuador – Paso de la Muerte Route • 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+) • Arctic backcountry ski expedition in Iceland • 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 WI5
Certifications
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
AIARE Pro 1
SOLO Wilderness First Responder
Leave No Trace Trainer

Sam Dyer – Guide




Sam has spent most of his life in the mountains. Born into a family of avid skiers and outdoor athletes, he got my first taste of the mountains at the age of four, skiing with my family in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Growing up Sam learned how to ski, rock climb, mountaineer and whitewater kayak. After high school he headed West to study Snow Science at Montana State University. His time spent MSU led him to pursue skiing and guiding as a profession. Sam spent the next several years in Utah skiing full time. He has since taken on many guide training courses and certifications and now works as a Senior Guide at Northeast Mountaineering.
Climbing Resume

20+ years skiing/8 years backcountry skiing, 15+ years rock climbing, 7+ years ice climbing, 7+ years mountaineering/alpine climbing

Certifications
AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Ice Instructor Course Completion
AIARE Pro 1
AIARE Level 1+2 Instructor
Wilderness First Responder

Jerry Isaak – Guide




Over the past decade plus, Jerry has taught a wide range of campus and field-based courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His primary teaching experience is in the areas of expedition planning and leadership, expedition history, rock and ice climbing, backcountry ski touring, and avalanche education. Jerry also regularly leads international expeditions and short-term study abroad programs for Thompson River University where he is an Associate Teaching Professor. Jerry has guided and taught courses in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Japan, Scotland, and Iceland. From 2014-2022 he also helped his students plan and complete more than 135 student-led expeditions throughout the USA and in 26 countries around the world. Jerry primarily guides international ski programs for Northeast Mountaineering. Jerry lives in Kamloops, BC with his wife and 3 sons.
Certifications

AMGA Certified Ski Guide
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
AIARE Level 1+2 Instructor
Wilderness First Responder