Michael Wejchert – IMCS Guide

I learned to climb from my father and friends at age 12—18 years ago. Despite a reverent love of the original Star Wars films (Quiz me. I dare you.), I still manage to get outside once in a blue moon: Alaska, Patagonia, Peru, the Canadian Rockies, and Newfoundland, to name a few. After all these trips, I can say with certainty that New Hampshire is the best place to be a climber. I love scrappy, Scottish-style winter climbing, sunny sport climbing, trail running, Nordic skiing, and reading poetry whilst sipping fine brandy. Sometimes I write things and sometimes they’re published in magazines like Alpinist or Appalachia. You can find a lot of it here: www.farnorthclimbing.wordpress.com

I like guiding everything: from Presidential traverses to multipitch trad lines to beginner ice climbing, but my forte is probably ice climbing: getting the right instruction in the wintertime is important because it’s such a technical sport in every way. I love the idea of starting people off on the right foot.

Favorite Climbs

  • 2nd ascent of the West Ridge of Urus Este, M5, with Erik Eisele, Peru
  • Henderson’s Buttress to Pilaf, M7, Cannon Cliff, New Hampshire, with Peter Doucette
  • Solo of the Black Dike in 1:26 car-to-car, Cannon Cliff, New Hampshire
  • Leviathan, 5.12a, 10 Pitches, Newfoundland
  • Fat of the Land, WI5+, Newfoundland, with Ryan Stefiuk and Alden Pellett.
  • The Sphinx, Regular route 5.11+, 17 pitches, Peru
  • Wake Up, WI5, 4500 feet, North Face of Mount Wake, Ruth Gorge, Alaska
  • Meltdown, 5.12d, Shagg Cragg, Maine

Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AMGA SPI
  • Apprentice Rock Guide
  • AIARE Level II

Michael in Peru. Photo: Erik Eisele