Tom Boydston – IMCS Guide

I started technical rock climbing about 35 years ago while living in the San Fransisco Bay Area.  On weekends, I would drive to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Lovers Leap, and Donner Pass.  There were no rock gyms or instructors back then, so my good friend and climbing partner and I figured it out as we went along, him buying half of the rack and me buying the other half – which consisted of hexes, rigid stem Friends, and wired nuts.  Fires climbing shoes had just come out!

We would often head to the Eastern Sierras looking to hone our alpine climbing skills.  From information sketched on the back of a napkin, we climbed on Clyde Minaret, Moon Goddess Arete, Mount Sill, Thunderbolt Peak, and numerous other formations and climbs up and down Highway 395.

Later, with another great friend, we tackled the big walls of Yosemite including Washington Column, the Nose, Leaning Tower and Lost Arrow Spire.

In the mid-90’s I was fortunate to live for 3 years in Grenoble, France, where local friends and I went on numerous backcountry ski trips, climbing in the Parc National des Ecrins and Chamonix.

Moving out to the east coast and Massachusetts, I helped to run the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Rock Program for several years, as well as instructing with the AMC’s winter Ice Program.  I have taken the AMGA Rock Instructor course, am AIARE Level II certified, and am a certified Wilderness First Responder.

I now live in Center Conway, NH, and enjoy the amazing outdoor environment we have here.