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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


Moving from the wilderness of Adirondacks, Matt followed his heart (and Jesse Littleton) to New Paltz first in 2007. Here he cut his teeth (and his finger tips) on the quartzite conglomerate of the Shawangunk Ridge. Once sharp, he used these teeth to devour new routes in the Adirondacks, and to travel to many destinations abroad. Despite his wanderings he always felt like New Paltz was home so he returned in 2011 to join the team at Rock and Snow. When he is not cutting his teeth he enjoys trying his hand at ice climbing, x-country and back country skiing, beer drinking 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


Bio coming soon