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Our Team

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.

 

Rich Gottlieb

 

"I started to climb in the early 80's in the southeast while pursuing the artistic life. Climbing kept interrupting every other aspect of my life and the closer I got to it the more I wanted to know about it. The road trips just kept coming: Colorado, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Peru, Italy, Quebec.Climbing is a wonderful combination of the expected and the unexpected, it is a test and a tonic. Now life is running on the same track as climbing is and I share life with my wife, Teri, and my daughter, Celia."

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Andrew Zalewski

 

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 Way

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.

 
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Emma Blauer

Emma came to the New Paltz area in March 2015 by way of Texas-Pennsylvania-Massachusetts-Pennsylvania-Texas-Pennsylvania-California. When she's not working, she can be found bouldering outside, training at the climbing gym, flowing through a vinyasa, strategizing for a board game, reading avidly, writing flailingly, and going on the occasional hike.

 

Mendy Gallo

 

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.

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Justin Lamarche

 

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.

 

Scott Michelsen

Scott turned to rock climbing after thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and Pacific crest Trail. Rock climbing offered him a life style career that includes working at Rock & Snow and guiding for High Xposure Adventures. He is always psyched to work on bouldering or red-point trad projects at his personal limit. Even though he enjoys training for climbing as much as rock climbing, his ambition to compete against other climbers remains at zero.

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Stephen Bittner

 

Stephen found climbing in a peripheral manner but now it occupies his entire field of vision. A climber in all four seasons, Stephen climbs both rock and ice, and is entirely unsure of which he enjoys more deeply. He learned and developed as a climber in the Gunks, and now takes great pleasure in exposing others to the area. After years of weekend commuting, he moved to the Gunks to further pursue several of climbing's many facets. When he's not climbing, Stephen can be found walking, quietly thinking about climbing, or conversing, loudly speaking about climbing.

 

Brian Silverstein

 

A born-and-bred upstate New Yorker, Brian moved to New Paltz to follow up his studies in outdoor education. He's worked as a trailhead assistant at the Mohonk Preserve and works in the shop part time. When he's not working or trad climbing, Brian is always down to grab a beer, play a board game, or go on a hike with his dog roommate Huxley.

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Mac Horgan

 

Mac's love of outdoor pursuits has brought him all across the globe - from the pink sand beaches of New Zealand, to the jagged white peaks of India, and many places between. Despite the various wanderings from home he truly believes that the Hudson Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and is perfectly content while he's there. Mac also believes that getting in a little over your head is an important part of any adventure, and a high concentration of hops is an important part of any good beer.