Kelsey works as a full-time rock, ice and mountaineering guide year-round in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (lands traditionally known as N’dakinna, the traditional ancestral homelands of the Abenaki, Penacook and Wabanaki Peoples). She is an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide and Certified Single Pitch Instructor, and serves as a member of New Hampshire’s historic Mountain Rescue Service climbing team.
Kelsey fell in love with the therapeutic aspects of climbing in early 2017, shortly after returning home from serving in the US Peace Corps in Malawi. She moved from coastal Maine to North Conway, New Hampshire to pursue a life closer to the mountains, where she could (and would) climb and run every day, becoming especially fond of the beauty of winter climbing and the excitement of alpinism.
Whether she’s climbing the iced-up cracks or steep frozen waterfalls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, or she’s on an expedition in the Alaska Range, Kelsey finds joy in long technical days and being up high. There’s nothing she loves more than being able to share her love of ice climbing with good friends and folks getting into the sport.