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Meet Our Team

Jeni Calzaretta

IMCS Guide

Jeni first took a Women’s Ice Climbing Clinic at the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest years ago, and was inspired by her guide Emily Drinkwater. She currently resides in the Valley, where her love for ice climbing brought her back from the western states.

She is passionate about empowering new climbers by teaching the skills to become more independent in the outdoors. Jeni is thrilled to offer women’s specific ice climbing clinics this winter season.

Dodge Garfield

IMCS Guide

Raised in New Hampshire Dodge grew up in the heart of the White Mountains, skiing, hiking, and climbing both rock & ice. Since cutting his teeth in New England, Dodge has climbed extensively across North America from Alaska to Sedona, doing everything from big walls in Yosemite, to Alaskan Ridges and cragging in Joshua Tree.

Al Hospers

IMCS Guide

I began technical climbing with friends on the ocean cliffs of northern California in 1990, unless you count several years of easy 5th class scrambling I did with my grandfather in the North Georgia mountains in the early 50’s. My wife and I moved to North Conway in 1997 to climb and enjoy the outdoors. We have a son, Lewis, who was born in 2000.

The joy, thrill and camaraderie I feel in getting out on the rock and ice today, is very similar to what I experienced as a child. While climbing is only a portion of my life these days, it is a very important part. I enjoy working with clients of all levels and experience, helping them to find that same enjoyment that I find every time I climb.

Zebulon Jakub

IMCS Guide
  • Climbing Experience 23 years
  • Guiding Experience 14 years
  • Snow, Water, Land Kiting Experience 18 years
  • Kite Instruction Experience 6 years

Paul McCoy

IMCS President and Guide

At the age of fourteen on a fly-fishing trip with my father in Jackson Hole WY,  I was intrigued by a brochure for rock-climbing and begged my dad to let me hire a guide for the day. I learned the ins-and-outs of belaying and safe climbing. Since that pivotal day, I have been hooked.

Back home in upstate NY, I sought boulders, cliffs, and crags – anything to play on. In 1999, I learned to climb ice. While obtaining my degree in Adventure Recreation from Green Mountain College in Vermont , I had the opportunity to climb in Northern Spain,  New Zealand’s southern Alps during a year-long study abroad, and spent a month rock climbing at Mt. Arapiles in Australia.

Craig Taylor

IMCS Guide

Hey there All. I fell in love with rock climbing in high school and it hasn’t stopped. The love affair with climbing that is. Early in college I got the hankering for the winter exploits and explored the ice climbing and mountaineering in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley. I settled in North Conway, NH to climb hike ski…..and with the help of some great climbing partners, and mentors, I began guiding in 1994. I took my American Mountain Guides Association Level 1 Rock Guide Exam in 1998 (now known as Rock Instructor)and became a Single Pitch Instructor course and exam provider that same year. I have guided in South America in Peru and Bolivia, domestically in Joshua Tree and Red Rocks. My home base is the granite cliffs in and around North Conway. I love teaching and guiding climbing and have plied the trade full time since 1994. It’s too late to stop now and I do not want to. It is so exciting to me to turn people on to climbing and all it has to offer our bodies, spirits and minds. I hope to climb with you soon!

Brad White

Former President and Owner

I started climbing in 1975 at age 21 with a very exciting Ice Climbing lesson taught by International Mountain Climbing School guides. I followed up with a number of rock climbing lessons that summer and was guidebook author and guide Ed Webster’s first client for IMCS.

I continued to climb and soon made my first international trip in 1981 to Peru. We climbed a very early ascent of the West Face of Tocllaraju 19,000’ and the SW ridge of Chopicalqui (21,000’). The experience in Peru only intensified my desire to climb and I started creating new climbs here in New Hampshire, New England and around the country.

Another major personal goal was accomplished with an ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite in the mid eighties. Another trip to Peru in 1987 enabled me to climb the classic SW Face of Alpamayo and the N. Face of Ranrapalca.