Instructor Qualifications

Kel Rossiter

Adventure Spirit Guides / Rainier Mountaineering Inc.

Burlington, VT

(802) 535-1498 (Hm)

AIARE Qualifications:

Level 1 Course Instructor

Other Qualifications:

--American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Ski Guide Course, Apprentice Ski Guide
--American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Alpine Guide Exam, Certified Alpine Guide
--American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Rock Guide Exam, Certified Rock Guide
--American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Ice Instructor Course
--American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Single Pitch Instructor Provider Training
--American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Instructor Trainer Course
--American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Level 3 Training
--American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Level 2 Training
--American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Level 1 Training
--Wildernes First Responder (current)
--WEMT Certification (lapsed)
--EMT Certification (lapsed)
--Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator Course
--Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course
--New York State Licensed Guide
--State of Maryland Rock Climbing Instructor Certification
--Search and Rescue Technician (SARTech), Level 3 Certification
--American Canoe Association Coastal Sea Kayak Instructor Certification
--Swiftwater Rescue Technician
--National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Course


After stints in the military, the corporate world, and a Zen monastery, I began my climbing career in the Pacific Northwest back in the 90’s with a summit of Mt. Adams. Since then I have had the good fortune to climb and guide rock and ice in twelve different countries on four continents. I first came to the Northeast to earn an M.S. in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire, and quickly fell in love with the ecological richness, sense of scale, and feeling of community I felt in this part of the country. After working as the Director of Georgetown University’s Outdoor Education program for three years, I returned to the Northeast to teach in Lyndon State College’s (VT) Recreation Resource department. Three years ago, my wife Alice and I relocated to “Vermont’s West Coast,” Burlington to pursue new educational and career adventures. We love living on the shores of Lake Champlain, with the Green Mountains silhouetted at sunrise and the Adirondacks silhouetted at sunset. In addition to partnering with private individuals and groups for adventure, I‘m also an adjunct faculty member in Johnson State College’s Outdoor Education program, and I teach outdoor skills and lead expeditions for Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire, Champlain College, Georgetown University, and other schools.

My passion for sharing the outdoors with others is matched by my interest in the learning processes involved in the adventure environment. I believe that an effective guide must have a solid understanding of both technical skills and learning processes. In pursuit of that goal, I have complemented my AIARE training with by also becoming a Certified Rock Guide and Alpine Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and earning my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Through guiding and field instruction, I work to integrate these experiences, helping my company’s adventure partners to reach their personal summits and to return from their adventures with a sense of growth, renewal, enrichment, and personal fulfillment.