Marty got his introduction to rock climbing while working in an outdoor shop, Uncle Eyeballs Mountain Travelers’ Emporium (yes, you read that right), in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1988. He was 15, and as long as he kept grinding beans and making coffee for the owner, he was taken out and given climbing instruction.

He made his first visit to the Gunks over Columbus Day weekend in 1990 and was instantly hooked on the magnificence of...


Mike grew up in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and began hiking with his father at an early age. As he grew up, he enjoyed the peace that the woods offered and often found relief from life’s challenges there. By age 18, he climbed the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks. While in college, rock climbing supplemented backpacking as his favorite pastime. After graduation he moved to the Hudson Valley (over 30 years ago) and the Gunks...