Joe began exploring the mountains while studying Economics at the University of Oregon. Sport climbing at Smith Rock and mountaineering on the Oregon Volcanoes soon gave way to a love of all mountain sports from bouldering to ice climbing and skiing. Drawn to California, for its superior weather and range, Joe began guiding on Mount Shasta in 2011 and in the Sierra in 2014. Having moved to the Eastern Sierra for the incredible alpine terrain, Joe couldn’t help but find a home in June Lake. Joe enjoys skiing the unheralded terrain of “the loop,” from the obvious classics on Carson Peak to the lesser known powder stashes of Fern Creek. In the summer months, he spends his off duty time climbing the alpine rock routes of the high country, his favorite thus far is the Direct North Buttress of Merriam Peak. When he’s not guiding and playing throughout the range, he can usually be found extolling its virtues in a local hot spring, rambling through the hills with his dog or perched at the local brewery.
Certifications and professional courses include:
- AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
- AMGA Ski Guide Course
- AMGA Alpine Guide Course
- Wilderness FIrst Responder
- AIARE Level II
- Leave No Trace Trainer
Matthew is originally from Ottawa, Canada, but spent most of his life in North Carolina. Exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southeast sparked his interest in nature. Recently graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and a minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, college was where Matthew discovered a deeper passion for being outdoors. Whether it was hiking, climbing, caving, or canoeing, he got out as much as possible and was a trip leader for other UNCC students. Backpacking in the Rocky Mountains and exploring the canyons, deserts, and peaks of the Southwest was more than enough to push him west. This is Matthew’s first season with Sierra Mountain Center, and he is excited to spend his time exploring the Sierra this summer.
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.
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