Kel Rossiter , Mountain Guide, RMI Expeditions

After stints in the military, the corporate world, and a Zen monastery, Kel began pursuing climbing as his professional passion. A Washington native, his first summit was an all-cotton ascent of Mt. Adams (12,281'). Fortunately, he went on to get appropriate training and since then he has climbed and guided rock and ice in twelve different countries on four continents. Now based in Vermont for most of the year, Kel owns and operates Adventure Spirit LLC, a rock, ice, and alpine guide service specializing in Northeastern climbing destinations. Kel is also active in higher education, serving as a faculty member/instructor at several area colleges and holding a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. He has complemented his university studies with AMGA training, having become both a Certified Rock and Alpine Guide. Kel is a Mammut Athlete/Guide Ambassador, as well as an Athlete-Ambassador for Darn Tough Vermont foot gear, and reviews equipment for Climbing and Alpinist magazines. In between his stints in the mountains, Kel serves on the board of CRAG-VT, Vermont’s climbing access organization, and is an avid home-crafts enthusiast and meditation practitioner.

  • Mt. Rainier (14,410’), 35+ summits via the Muir, Emmons, & Kautz routes
  • Alaska: Denali (20,320'), 2 climbs via Complete West Rib, West Buttress; Radio Control Tower (8,670')
  • Cascade Volcanoes: Shasta (14,179'), Adams (12,281'), Hood (11,249'), Glacier Peak (10,541'), Jefferson (10,497'), Shuksan (9,126'), St. Helens (8,365')
  • North Cascades: Climbing up to Grade V and 5.11 including South Early Winters Spire Direct East Face, Torment-Forbidden Traverse, North Ridge Mt. Stuart, South Face Prussik Peak, Fisher Chimneys Mt. Shuksan, NW Face North Ridge Forbidden, South Buttress Cutthroat Peak and many others
  • Mexico: 3 Climbs of Pico de Orizaba (18,490'), Ixtaccihuatl (17,159'), La Malinche (14,640')
  • Ecuador: 2 Climbs of Cotopaxi (19,347'), Pichincha (15,696'), Ruminahui (15,489')
  • Sierra Nevadas: Climbing up to Grade V and 5.10d including 3 climbs of Mt. Whitney (14,505' via East Face, Mountaineers, & Whitney-Portal Routes), Russell (14,094' via Fishhook Arete), Gayley-Sill Traverse (13,510'-14,159'), 2 Climbs of Palisades (14,242' via U Notch Couloir & V Notch Couloir), Darwin-Peak 13,332' Traverse (13,831'-13,332'), and many others
  • French Alps: Climbing up to Grade IV and 5.8 including Arete des Cosmiques (12,605'), Midi-Plan Traverse, (12,605'-12,050'), Aiguille du Tour (11,627'), Dent du Geant (13, 166’), and many others
  • Italian Dolomite: Climbing up Grade IV and 5.9 including Piz Pordoi West Face, Second Sella Tower North Face, Cima Casson di Formin Northwest Corner, and many others
  • French/Spanish Pyrenees: Climbing up to Grade IV and 5.11a including Pic Sacroux, Cresta de los Portillones (10,866’), Petit-Grande Vignemale Traverse, NW Buttress Petit Vignemale, & Voie Mailly and Sud-Est Directissima on Pic Midi d’ Ossau
  • Olympic Mountains (WA): Olympus, Constance, The Brothers, Cruiser, Ellinor, Washington, Townsend, A Peak, and many others
  • Northeast: Climbing and guiding rock, ice, and summit routes up to Grade IV, 5.10d, and WI5 including many Mt. Washington summits and Winter Presidential Traverses, Mt. Katahdin via Black Gully West, The Black Dike, Pinnacle Gully, and countless others
  • Climbing and guiding across the US and in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and Switzerland
  • Ski mountaineering in the French Alps and Switzerland including Mont Blanc (15,781') via the North Ridge of the Dome du Gouter
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 3
  • AIARE Level 1 Instructor
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Ice Instructor Course
  • LNT Master Educator
  • Search and Rescue Technician Level 3
  • PCGI Certified Multi-Pitch Guide
  • New York State Certified Rock & Ice Guide
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • American Canoe Association Coastal Sea Kayak Instructor

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