Paul McCoy – IMCS Guide

Paul-McCoy-introAt the age of fourteen on a fly-fishing trip with my father in Jackson Hole WY,  I was intrigued by a brochure for rock-climbing and begged my dad to let me hire a guide for the day. I learned the ins-and-outs of belaying and safe climbing. Since that pivotal day, I have been hooked.

Back home in upstate NY, I sought boulders, cliffs, and crags – anything to play on. In 1999, I learned to climb ice. While obtaining my degree in Adventure Recreation from Green Mountain College in Vermont , I had the opportunity to climb in Northern Spain,  New Zealand’s southern Alps during a year-long study abroad, and spent a month rock climbing at Mt. Arapiles in Australia.

I moved to North Conway in 2002, inspired by the mountains and the infinite possibilities for climbing and backcountry skiing. I have explored lines in Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Mt. Lemon in Arizona, and numerous other mountains and cliffs in Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho.

I have been sharing my passion for climbing at IMCS since 2008, and am always happy to share my extensive knowledge of the climbing routes and history in the Mount Washington Valley and Northern New England. Because of my passion for the sport and my love for teaching—whether it’s ice or rock climbing, or ski mountaineering—I’m a patient, positive, and understanding instructor who enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities.