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 the landscape and the quality of the climbing. Before too long, and after countless climbing adventures in the Gunks, Marty started guiding with one of the local guide services and commuting to the area to work on the Mohonk Preserve. He finally moved full time to the Hudson Valley in 1997. In September of 2000, Minnewaska State Park Preserve granted Marty and Alpine Endeavors a permit to guide at Peters Kill. Since then, he has put in over a thousand days at the area and gotten to know it inside and out.
Over the years, he has climbed and guided extensively in the Gunks and on the East Coast, as well as running guided trips throughout the rest of the United States, and abroad. Marty founded Alpine Endeavors in 1995, and was the first guide in the region to achieve certification through the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock Guide and as an Alpine Guide. He is currently finishing up his second term on the AMGA Board of Directors, and is an Instructor Trainer for the Single Pitch Instructor Program.
Marty is also the author of An Ice Climber’s Guide to the Catskill Mountains.
Marty lives in Rosendale, NY