Al Hospers – IMCS Guide

Al-Hospers-introI 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.

Climbing for 20+ years
Guiding for 13+

Climbing Experience
There is nothing quite like climbing on Conway granite. I’ve climbed on all of the crags in the Mount Washington Valley and on Mt Washington. I have also put up many rock routes on local crags. Several friends and I developed the very popular Geriatric Walls area on Humphrey’s Ledge and also the Little Slab area on Found Ledge.

While I love climbing rock, ice climbing is my passion. I have led most of the hard ice routes in the region numerous times including Dropline, Last Exit, Welcome to the Machine, Mindbender, the Black Dike, Snot Rocket and more. I have also climbed many of the classic ice routes in  the Icefields Parkway region of the Canadian Rockies including Polar Circus, Kittyhawk, Nine, Ice 9, Carlsburg Pillar and others.

Related Experience
BA Art – University of Florida 1974
BA Jazz Performance – University of Miami 1978
BA Computer Science – Columbia University 1984
Toured with BS &T and Buddy Rich Band 1982-84
Software Engineer 1986 to present
Professional Musician 1965 to present