Well, here's a rundown of the crew you'll be seeing or talking to here at the store. Everyone is knowledgeable about the gear that we sell because we use it, abuse it, and wear it out. You can always find some of us out playing when we're not here. Whether it's climbing, hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing, any season or weather we do it, so here is a taste of who's who at R&S! Interested in working at Rock and Snow? Fill out an application. If we have positions available, we will contact you ASAP.
Andrew grew up in the small village of Rosendale, just a few short miles from some of, in his opinion, the best rock climbing in the world. His passion for rock has fueled numerous trips to England and France and a number continential climbing trips. Andrew is married to his lovely former girlfriend, Amy, and has a cat, Rupert, and a human child, Elinor. In addition to rock climbing of all forms, Andrew's interests include, but are not limited to art, kitty cats, science, fiction, science fiction, motorcycles, hiking, and being highly opinionated.
Matt first moved to New Paltz in 2007 hungry to hone his trad climbing skills. Quickly discovering that climbing, in all it's forms, is the best excuse to travel, he would take his obession on the road living and traveling many places around the country and abroad. In 2011, after years of bopping around chasing the climbing dream, he was finally able to put roots down in New Paltz by joining the team at Rock and Snow. Turns out climbing is an excellent excuse not to travel as well. Aside from climibng Matt enjoys going to shows, game nights, exploring the Gunks' hidden gems with his dog, and finding excuses to visit the Adirondacks.
Emma came to the New Paltz area in March of 2015 by way of Texas-Pennsylvania-Massachusetts-Pennsylvania-Texas-Pennsylvania-California. When she's not working, she can be found trying to apply her bouldering background to trad climbing, training at the climbing gym, playing with her dog, strategizing for a board game, reading avidly, writing flailingly, and going on the occasional hike.
Mendy moved to New Paltz in 2002 from Indiana. She enjoys climbing, but it just can't compete with her passion for running and cycling.
A New Paltz local, Justin started climbing in his early teens. In recent years, he has found a renewed passion for climbing both rocks and plastic, forming a nationally competitive climbing team at his alma mater, Rutgers University. Justin is also an avid hang glider pilot and enjoys slacklining, hiking, skydiving, ultimate frisbee, and anything else that gets his feet off the ground.
Aaron is a California boy who cut his teeth on the gritty granite of Joshua Tree and gave up van life to relocate to New Paltz. When he's not out learning the difference between horizontal and vertical cracks he can be found blacksmithing, playing with his dogs, and working on the school bus he's converting to a traveling home.
Marian's passion for climbing and the outdoors drove her to move to the Gunks and join the Rock and Snow team. She enjoys sunrise and sunset summits, getting scared on lead climbs, the cheesiest of jokes, and singing and dancing like everyone is watching.
Though Cody has called Texas, New Mexico and Oregon home, her heart belongs to upstate New York. She taught trauma-informed yoga at the Albany VA Medical Center and Capital Region recovery centers before joining the Rock and Snow team. Like yoga, climbing has served as a powerful vehicle for her self-growth, confidence and skill-building.
Elias is a New York native who enjoys trad climbing and Gunks history. He also studies at SUNY New Paltz when his schedule allows.
Rich retired in May 2019 and can be found roaming the area on his bike, on foot, or on a rope, usually with his wife Teri by his side.