Program director Connie Morrison
Connie joined us spring 2008 as our office manager and program director. Connie is an accomplished skier and also works with Mammoth Mountain teaching for their disabled sports program.
She is the enthusiastic voice you will hear when you call us and she looks forward to helping answer your questions about the Sierra and all the SMC offerings.
SP and Todd only own the business; Connie runs it. She is the core of SMC around which everything happens and without her we would be in deep trouble.
Since her initiation into climbing in 1999, Lindsay has travelled to world-class climbing destinations and guides clients of all abilities on rock, ice and alpine climbs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Lindsay knew she wanted to return west where the mountains offered a plethora of climbing opportunities. She began a career coaching youth competitive climbing teams and managing climbing gyms. Through her experience teaching the technical skills of climbing Lindsay naturally transitioned to guiding and works closely with her clients to develop their skills. Her preferred venues include Rockies, Tetons, Sierra, Rainier, North Cascades, Alaska, the north and southeast US, Argentina, Mexico, and Iceland. While Lindsay loves rock climbing she excels as a technician on ice. From the ice meccas such as the Northeast, the San Juan’s in CO, Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, MT; Cody, WY; to the stunning fjords of Iceland she brings her clients to their peak level of performance. Lindsay originally began working in the Sierra in 2006. Now, a decade later, she bases in Bishop near the gorgeous landscape of impeccable granite. When Lindsay isn’t climbing you can catch her playing guitar and singing at local cafes.
Lindsay holds the following credentials; AMGA CWI Provider Trainer, AMGA SPI Provider, AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Assistant Alpine Guide, AAIRE Level 2, Certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer
Ryan grew up near the coastal tidewaters of the Puget Sound in Washington State, but has since traded moss and rain for the sunshine and splitter cracks of the Sierra Nevada. Since graduating from Western Washington University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Adventure Management, Ryan has called the Sierra home. Beginning with leading extended backcountry mountaineering and backpacking trips for the Outward Bound School all over the range, he finally settled down in Mammoth Lakes to enjoy the unbelievable skiing and climbing the Eastside is famous for.
Ryan’s passion for climbing has taken him around the world, from Yosemite Valley where he has climbed more than 15 big walls including a 9 day ascent of Tribal Rite (5.10 A4), to 6 seasons in Patagonia where he has made many major ascents including Fitz Roy and first ascents of remote alpine walls.
But year after year, the Sierra Nevada remains Ryan’s base, and he loves introducing people to the Range of Light. Ryan’s favorite Sierra climb is definitely the Third Pillar of Dana, of course coupled with fish tacos from the Mobil Station.
Certifications and professional courses include:
- AMGA Certified Rock Guide
- AMGA Aspirant Alpine Guide
- AMGA Assistant Ski Guide
- AIARE Level 1 Instructor
- AIARE Level 3 Certification
- Wilderness First Responder
“In 2015 Lauren was an intern at SMC coming back in 2016 as a backpacking guide. Lauren grew up in San Diego, CA where she still lives in the winter and fall while she finishes up her degree in environmental engineering from San Diego State University. In the summer find her tent posted up in the buttermilks but she most likely won’t be there… In her free time she enjoys rock climbing in the Sierra alpine (or anywhere else with rock) as well as backpacking to scenic alpine lakes. Lauren is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has completed her AIARE level 1 course. Once finished with her degree she plans to pursue her American Mountain Guides Association certifications to take her guiding to a more technical level.
Jessica is one of our backpacking guides and originally hails from Toronto, Canada, Jessica now calls Mammoth Lakes California home. Jessica has a diverse range of interests and is avid skier, rock climber, gardener, mountain biker and generally enjoys being outside in the mountains. She has lived and worked all over North America pursuing various occupations including millinery, fashion, film festival organization, rock climbing instruction and outdoor education. Jessica moved to British Columbia in 2004 to start her guiding career and attend Thompson Rivers University, receiving an Associates Degree in Adventure Guiding. She is certified in avalanche safety, wilderness first aid, technical rescue and rock climbing instruction. She is currently working on her Masters Degree through Prescott College in Adventure Education.
Alwyne grew up in Minnesota and, while the flat lands hold a special place in her heart, she longed to explore the USA and beyond. On her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Thailand she signed up for her first rock climbing course and fell in love with the movement. Once stateside again she began a NOLS semester and explored the Southwest. She got some of her first exposure to backpacking, caving, climbing, and expedition-style river trips. One of her instructors on that course introduced her to Prescott College and she knew she wanted to be part of the community there. Four years later, with a degree in Adventure Education and a yoga teacher training certification, she began to work wilderness therapy in Colorado and Utah. Since relocating to California in 2013 Alwyne has worked with many schools to facilitate outdoor education trips and personally explore the Sierra and become a member of the Sierra Mountain Center crew. Now you are sure to find her scrambling on the granite mountains, biking the single-track trails, and running through the meadows. You can count on Alwyne to be upbeat, positive and always having a good time with an exceptional ability to connect with a wide range of guests on the trips.