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
Calvin grew up near the city of Boston and quickly realized his need to be in close contact with nature. He enrolled at Unity College of Maine in 2010, took a National Outdoor Leadership School semester course in 2011 and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Adventure Based Environmental Education. Shortly after, he moved to the Far East in search of adventure and professional experience. I Nepal, he worked as an educator and guide for Initiative Outdoor, a leadership school in Kathmandu. During his half a year stay he managed to help lead back packing expeditions as well as rock climbing and caving trips. Calvin taught children about the joys of outdoor living at local school and invited students to join him at the office for some bouldering sessions and climbing lessons. Next, Calvin made the decision to move to Vietnam where he worked as a rock climbing and sea kayak guide in Lan Ha bay. Another half a year was spent here exploring his new home island of Cat Ba and journeying into the bay to be the first to summit some of the karsts’ most inviting rock faces. Since Calvin’s travels in Asia he has returned home to the states only to continue his travels. But since May of 2016 he has made a big change. He’s settled here on the eastside and dedicated himself to guiding in the Sierra Nevada and practicing the art of alpine climbing.
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.
At SMC we also want to be engaged and to engage our guests in the natural history of the Sierra Nevada. To that end we are please to be able to work with Chris Norment as our sScience Advisor.
Chris is a Professor of Environmental Science and Ecology at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. His current scientific research focuses on the ecology and conservation of birds and amphibians in the Northeast. However, he also has long-standing research interests in the ecology of desert and arctic and alpine habitats. He has conducted research in arctic Canada and Alaska, the Snowy Mountains of Australia, the Northern Rocky Mountains, and Death Valley region (where he is pursuing his current obsession with the Inyo Mountains salamander). He also has worked as a secondary high school science teacher, Outward Bound mountaineering instructor, U.S. National Park Service biologist, and gumball machine repairman. He has authored over forty scientific papers and published four books of creative nonfiction.