Growing up on the coast of Maine has its perks; one is being able to climb. We started this company with the idea of being able to bring people into the outdoors and experience what we are most passionate about. We know Camden Maine is a special place and our passion is creating an intimate way to experience it while having fun!
See you on the rock!
Noah Kleiner started climbing in 2006 during an orientation trip at College of the Atlantic. He fell in love with climbing and went on to become a licensed Maine Guide and Single Pitch Instructor as well as an Aspirant Moutain guide. He also has a Wilderness First Responder Certification from SOLO. Noah has been working for three summer seasons as a guide for Atlantic Climbing School. He is a passionate traditional climber and fortunate enough to have had climbing adventures across the country. Remembering all the while, that "the best climber is the one having the most fun"!
Abby has a passion for place-based education and has been teaching in the outdoor education field for over 25 years. Her work has allowed her to spend countless hours on the coast of Maine as an instructor and course director for Hurricane Island Outward Bound, mentor college outdoor leaders while directing the Outdoor Education Program at Colgate University, teach people how to respond to medical emergencies as an instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates, and help people fuel their love of adventure and need for reflection while rock climbing in the Northeast. Abby loves to skis, sail, and climb in her free time. She is lucky enough to live next to Acadia National Park where she frequently does all three of these things with her partner and dog right outside her back door.
Matt has been climbing since a 1986 course at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. From his teenage days on rock in North Carolina, Matt expanded into ice climbing and backcountry skiing while a student at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he also became a Wilderness EMT. Work and extended travel in Switzerland and New Zealand introduced Matt to mountaineering and glacier travel and he expanded that knowledge base with professional instruction from Alpine Ascents International. After moving to the Boston area in 1997 Matt worked for 10 years as the H. Adams Carter Outdoor Program Director at Milton Academy where he developed and taught climbing, backpacking, and sea kayaking curricula and led expedition travel trips to Mexico, Belize, the Bahamas, and several US National Parks. Today Matt continues to teach environmental science, geology, and biology and to work in the Outdoor Program at Milton Academy.
Matt has climbed, hiked, skied, and kayaked in Switzerland, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Belize, the Bahamas, Mexico, Madagascar, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and across the US. He and his two children visit a different US national park every summer.
Matt's guiding is focused on high-quality instruction to beginner and intermediate climbers on rock, snow, and ice. His many years of experience as a high school teacher and parent has given him a particular interest in working with youth and families.
Matt holds a Master’s degree in education and a BA in Geology and Environmental Studies.
Kelsey is a graduate of Colorado State University's Warner College of Natural Resources, holding a degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism with a minor in Business Administration. Following her graduation in 2014, Kelsey accepted an invitation to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps. With placement in a small, landlocked country in Southeast Africa, she was partnered with Malawi's Department of National Parks & Wildlife, where she worked primarily as a community-based environmental educator. Kelsey found the community of Salt Pump Climbing Co. and the healing power of climbing upon returning to her home state of Maine. Since then, she's led bouldering clinics at an area climbing gym, received a grant from the American Alpine Club, completed the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course and assisted on guided outdoor rock climbing trips of varying sizes. She is currently preparing for her SPI Exam this Fall. She loves getting outside to hug the granite cliffs of New England as often as possible and helping others to realize their own strength through climbing.
Sam is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where she was first introduced to all the outdoor activities Maine has to offer. She worked for Kieve Wavus Education for five years after graduating, where she discovered her passion both for experiential learning and for climbing. Camden became her backyard crag, where she climbed for fun and guided trips for campers in the summer. During her time in Maine, Sam became a Registered Rec Maine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, Challenge Course Manager, and Single Pitch Instructor. As an ambassador for the Ladies Climbing Coalition, Sam especially loves climbing with other women because it can be such an empowering experience. After getting her Master’s in Experiential Learning and Development, Sam moved to Vermont where she continues to teach social emotional learning to middle school students and climbs as much as possible in her free time.