Mike Rawdon

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 became his “home crag.”

A chemist by training, with both industrial and academic experience, he appreciates the problem-solving nature of the sport as well as the technical nature of the various gear systems employed. Mike started guiding with Alpine Endeavors in 2004 and continues to this day. His motto is, “A lousy day climbing beats a good day behind a desk.”

Mike lives in Poughkeepsie, NY