Board

Board Meeting Minutes


President - Tom Sintros
Started climbing in the mid seventies and gave climbing up to “homestead” for about 26 years. My original training was through Joy St. AMC. Climbed a lot for years. Started again at age 56 and love it. I have served on almost every board of educational and environmental groups in the region and across the state. Have worked with state agencies, local and regional groups and have done a lot of private consulting on numerous environmental projects/policies, etc. I have worked with land trusts and raised money for various groups that are involved with environmental education and stewardship. I have also spearheaded a national model forestry program, worked closely with the Nature Conservancy on a number of projects and continue to advocate for the earth and how we relate to the natural systems. Most recently I have been co-chair for the Mountaineering Committee of the NH Chapter of the AMC, working with funds, budgets, and executive committee functions. I also lead numerous rock climbing and mostly ice climbing clinics, introducing large numbers of climber to these activities. I have also worked with numerous “project adventure” sites and done training for high school and volunteer staff. Last position was Alpine Tower site manager, summer 2014, for the New Hampton adventure program. As an after note, I could not be enjoying the joys of climbing and the beautiful places it has taken me without the help of many individuals that are involved in the MCA. I am forever indebted to their willingness to “take me along for the ride”


Vice President - Jeff Archibald
I am seeking a position on the MCA board because I believe in the value of local climbing resources and the importance of maintaining those resources for both current and future climbers. I have been a long time Access Fund member and have enjoyed climbing at many large and small areas throughout the U.S. Having climbed in many different places, I have seen the value a small group of climbers can make in opening, or keeping open, and maintaining climbing resources. My personal goals for working on the MCA board are to help ensure continued access to the climbing resources in our area and to solicit and identify the priorities of the membership and to work toward making those priorities a reality. My work life includes working as an energy and environmental consultant for the past 25 years.

Secretary - Nick Sintros
I have been a climber for about 12 years and have enjoyed the outdoors my whole life. I grew up in Gilsum and Keene and now live in Alstead. I’ve climbed in most of New England, New York, Colorado, Utah, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wyoming, Canada and Mexico. I love exploring our local crags as well and always have my eyes open for new things to climb. I hope to be able to make a positive impact for the climbing community not only for the current generation of climbers but for future climbers as well. This is especially true with the recent birth of my son who I hope to be able to share and enjoy climbing with one day. 

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At Large Board Member - Ben Greene
Since my first time in the Keene RR cut ice climbing a few years back I’ve been taken in by the stellar people involved in the climbing community here and grown to love the diverse climbing sites in the Monadnock region. I’m very excited to see the MCA form and would very much like the opportunity to serve our community as a member of the board. I bring to the table a background in education, three years working as a comanager of a non profit collective, nine years running a general contracting business and two years leading rock and ice climbing trips for the AMC’s New Hampshire Mountaineering Committee. I look forward to the growth of this new organization and the work we have ahead to secure and maintain access to our climbing areas.

At Large Board Member - Bob Bedaw
Hi, my name is Bob Bedaw. I was raised in Swanzey and have lived in Gilsum for the last 30 years. I have been climbing rock and ice for 18 years. I love moderate multi-pitch routes. I also love visiting new climbing areas. I’ve been to many places in NH, VT and NY State. I’ve also visited Joshua Tree, Seneca Rocks and I’ve got plans to go to Squamish, BC in June. It is awesome to be a part of this amazing Association.







At Large Board Member - Andy Felegara
I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors, backpacking, mountaineering, skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing. At the young age of 50, under peer pressure, I discovered the vertical world of ice climbing and then rock climbing. I’m addicted now! I’m excited to be part of the MCA in its infancy.

Board Alternates
Eric LaRoche
I got into climbing in the strangest place, the flat land of Columbus, Ohio. While missing my native land of NH I needed to find an activity that would get me outside and exercising. Climbing sounded like a good idea since it looked fun but it was also low impact to save my knees. There was a climbing gym in the city and I managed to drag a friend along to give it a shot, I joined the gym after the first session. Eventually I hooked up with more experienced climbers and started sport climbing and taking trips to Red River Gorge in Kentucky. While there is an abundance of climbing in surrounding areas there are just a handful of places in Southwest NH in fragile situations which the MCA is working hard to secure and I look forward to what can be accomplished.

JC Woodward
I started climbing at The Gunks in 1994, and climbed there almost every sunny Monday until retiring to the Keene area in 2013. Multi-pitch trad is my thing, and some career highlights include High Exposure and Bonnie's Roof at The Gunks, Moby Grape on Cannon, Castleton Tower outside Moab, and many more moderate routes at Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, the Tetons, Rumney and other areas.

I've also been a member of the Access Fund almost since its founding and feel strongly that those of us who have derived so much from climbing have a personal obligation to give back to the sport. We have a duty to minimize our impact on the natural settings where we climb and to preserve landowner relations so that others will be able to have the same experiences that we have enjoyed. Experienced climbers everywhere can make a significant contribution to the sport simply through leading by example to teach newcomers how to tread lightly and climb responsibly.

My involvement with Monadnock area climbing began with leading the after-work group at Bears Den State Park last summer and I hope to enjoy long relationships with the many fine people I have met through climbing since moving to New Hampshire.

Former Board Members
Rob Koning
Allegra Halverson
Kari Post
Ken Goebel
Joe Frigo
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