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Joe Vitti

I started climbing as a teenager in Central Connecticut. The combination of creative movement, technical skills, natural environment and wild adventure with great friends created a lifelong obsession. The sport has taken me to amazing places all over the US and the world, from Yosemite Valley to Papua New Guinnea. Working as an instructor and guide has allowed me to share my passion for our sport with thousands of people over the years. I’ve developed expertise in both rock and ice climbing, combining diverse experience with professional training and certification from the American Mountain Guides Association to create the highest level experience for my guests. Whether introducing people to the sport or to remote, multi-pitch classics, I always seek to customize the experience to best fit the goals and abilities of my guests.


AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
AMGA Top Rope Site Manager
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course and Exam Provider
AMGA Ice Instructor Course

Solo Wilderness First Responder
Leave No Trace Master Educator
NY State Emergency Medical Technician
Marbletown First Aid Unit ambulance squad leader since ’07
Professional Ski Patrol Belleayre Mt. since ’06
Professional Member National Ski Patrol

Favorite Climbs

Yellow Wall, Diamond on East Face of Longs Peak, Colorado. V, 5.11b
Obviously Four Believers, Spearhead, Glacier Gorge RMNP Colorado. IV, 5.11a
The Naked Edge, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Boulder Colorado. III, 5.11c
North Face Route of The Rostrum, Yosemite Valley, California. IV, 5.11c

Northeast Face of Warrior I, Cirque of the Towers, Wind Rivers, Wyoming. IV, 5.9
Lab Wall, Walk on the Wild Side, Cannon Mt., White Mountains, NH. V, 5.11
Leavitation 29, Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rocks, Nevada. V, 5.11c
The Last Gentleman, Lake Wiloughby, VT. III, WI 5


I consider Joe to be one of the best guides that I have ever worked with. His skills are superb in both his personal climbing ability and his rock and ice guiding techniques. He is an impressive teacher with clients of all ages. And his inter-personal approach with all people is honest and supportive.- Elaine Matthews, Gunks guide since 1970, founder of The Inner Wall, New York’s first commercial climbing gym.
I’ve climbed all over the world from the Cordillera Blanca to the Sea cliffs of Sardinia, from Yosemite to the Gunks, and Joe Vitti is my favorite climbing partner and guide as he brings humor, skill, and an overriding sense that everything’s going to be fun. He’s the quintessential pro.- Tom Shane, Los Angeles, CA
I have literally climbed around the US and on the other side of the universe with Joe. He is without a doubt the very best of the best! Mentor, teacher, friend!- Amy Meredith
Great instructor with thorough depth of knowledge and care for the sport. Could not have asked for a more enjoyable learning experience. Full of zeal for the sport of climbing and a pleasure to learn with. Very glad I took this course.- Joe Drebaughm SPI Course
Joe is one of the most professional and experienced guides I encounter on the mountain. Anyone looking for a great, safe day outside would truly enjoy spending the day with him.- Andrew Bajardi, Mohonk Preserve Ranger