The Riverview Outdoor Adventure’s instructors and guides are:
- AMGA Single Pitch Instructors
- Wilderness First Aid certified
- Critical thinking instructors
- Follow best practices
- Have access to climbing venues
- Teach modern techniques
- W FR’s on staff
- Fun and interesting people
We believe that adventure should be safe, fun, and challenging. It should be an experience where success or failure is not judged because both can be a positive experience since personal growth can occur from being outside your comfort zone.
certified guide can help you make the transition. Our certified guides have undergone rigorous training and have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in order to earn their certification. Learn climbing’s best practices from the certified guides at the Riverview Outdoor Adventure Climbing School.
These WFR’s have been trained to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. We currently have three Wilderness First Responder’s (WFR’s) on the Riverview Outdoor Adventure Climbing School staff.
American Mountain Guides Association - AMGA
American Climbing Institute
UIAA Training StandardsThe Riverview Outdoor Adventure Climbing School adheres to the safety practices put forth by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA).
UIAA Training Standards
The UIAA Training Standards is an internationally recognized accreditation and certification scheme which examines and evaluates the training and assessment programs of our member federations. The process includes an independent assessment of the training provided to voluntary leaders and instructors by a UIAA expert which is then endorsed by an international panel of experts.
The Model Training Standards for Voluntary Leaders and Instructors managed by members of the Training Standards Panel makes it possible for mountaineers from different countries to recognise each other’s qualifications. UIAA standards cover seven areas: Mountain Walking and Trekking (summer), Winter Mountain Walking, Snowshoeing, Sport Climbing (indoor and outdoor), Rock Climbing (leader placed protection), Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing and Ski Mountaineering.
Member associations have discretion to use or not use the Training Standards in their own country. They alone have the responsibility for training and assessing their national leaders and instructors
Meet Our Team
Mary-Michael Levitt .Hiking Instructor & Wildlife Guide
Mary-Michael Levitt knows how to inspire confidence and love for the outdoors. She will teach, prepare, organize and carry through a successful group trek and recently led a group on a three day White Mountain hut to hut hike including the summit of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. She also knows just where to find the local wildlife. Her stunning images from the mountains of North Carolina to the forests of Northern Maine extend west to the back country of Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Mary-Michael is not daunted by weather and successfully teaches how to complete winter hikes even in subzero conditions commonly found in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2016 she will be hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains looking for wildlife.
Gene PopsonYouth Programs Coordinator
Gene Popson Gene has a lifelong love for the Great Outdoors whether it is rock climbing, hiking, biking, camping or skiing and will inspire kids of all ages that same love every chance he gets. Gene has an extensive background working with youth. As a ski school instructor for six years Gene taught kids how to downhill ski. Volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years Gene held several leadership positions in both the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts including District Commissioner and Troop Scoutmaster. As a part of the Riverview Outdoor Adventure Climbing School, Gene is responsible for managing all youth activities from the booking process to the day of the clinic. Some of those activities include Take Your Child Rock Climbing, Boy Scout Merit Badge, and Girl Scouts That Rock programs we offer . Gene is Wilderness First Aid and CPR Trained, is a BSA Level II Climbing Instructor, is youth with diabetes trained. Gene leads a backcountry experience summiting the magnificent Mount Washington with insulin dependent Type 1 Diabetics. Gene is also an American Alpine Club Ambassador in the Mid-Atlantic Section.
Alan L. JolleyLevel II Rock Guide & Wilderness First Responder
Alan L. Jolley Alan starting climbing in 1975 and years later he and Don Mellor were running the Lake Placid Climbing School. In 1988 he was instrumental in creating and implementing the national guide training program currently in use by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). In 1990 he was field examined and certified as an AMGA Level II Rock Guide, the highest rock guide certification. Additionally, Alan held a seat on the AMGA board of directors for six years. In 2008, he founded the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) and helped create their instructor training program. Then in 2011, he joined the technical committee of the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI). Alan is currently the President of the American Climbing Institute which focuses on training both recreational and professional climbers. Alan Jolley is the instructor for both the Moving Faster and Avoiding The Touch clinics featured under the on-line registration Guide Tricks for Climbers Series. Alan is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Alan resides in Nederland, Colorado.
David PfurrSingle Pitch Instructor
David Pfurr Dave has spent a lifetime following the lure of adventure in the outdoors. Whether on week-long mountain backpacking trips, whitewater canoe and kayak runs, mountain-biking epics, cave explorations, 100-mile canoe voyages in the Everglades and Maine wildernesses, back-country ski and snowshoe treks in the Adirondack and White Mountains, and multi-pitch classic climbing routes all across America--he has done it all. Climbing rock and ice, in particular, ignited a passion in him when he first tied-into a rope over 28 years ago. That passion has been a central theme in his life ever since--taking him to the summits of Devils Tower in Wyoming and frozen Mt. Katahdin in Maine; the bouldering circuits of Fontainebleau, France; the desert rock of California’s Joshua Tree National Monument; the sea-cliffs of Acadia National Park in Maine--and up classic climbing routes across the nation. The beauty of being in nature--the freshness and freedom of the soaring cliffs--and the intensity of the adventure of climbing drew him in. He apprenticed himself to the climbing craft--learning and mastering technique, physically conditioning himself for higher levels of performance--always striving for greater safety and control in the climbing situation--while taking on ever more-challenging climbing. Over decades in the…
Spencer MeivogelAssociate Instructor & Wilderness First Responder
Spencer started with Riverview by signing up for a Boy Scout climbing merit badge clinic, and has never looked back. Shortly after earning his Eagle Scout award, Spencer accepted the Where Eagles Dare Challenge and has not stopped expanding his guiding and climbing skills since. First learning the skills necessary to climb safely, then advancing into the skills necessary to guide and instruct others in rock climbing, ice climbing, and hiking. After completing the National Outdoor Leadership School intensive course he passed the written and practical exams to become a certified Wilderness First Responder. Spencer is also an active martial artist earning his Black Belt in Shorinjiryu Kenbukai Karate and is a representative of Feeding Crane Kung Fu International. He is proud to be passing on his love of martial arts to his students. As a full-time student pursuing his Engineering degree Spencer combines his love of outdoors with his ability to think outside the box and problems solve. Spencer is a member of the American Alpine Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club and a supporter of the Access Fund. On August 18, 2016 at the age of 17, Spencer climbing his first mountain over 10,000 ft. when he climbed the Silverhorn Route on Mount…
Michael BurkSingle Pitch Instructor & Wilderness First Responder
Michael Burk Michael has been climbing for 21 years and skiing for 35 years. He is a member of the American Alpine Club and the American Mountain Guides Assiciation , and is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. He has recently completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course. His passions are for back country skiing and ice climbing, rock climbing, mountain biking and fly fishing. As a New York State Tier II Certified Guide, he has all of New York, New Jersey, and the Northeast as his playground to help you enjoy your endeavors. When not guiding, Michael works full time as a critical care R.N. Former paramedic of 10 years he remains certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Michael is also a professional brand ambassador for Arc'Terx.
Rob HauspurgRock Climbing Guide
Rob Hauspurg Rob has been Rock Climbing since 1999. He is skilled in top roping and leading both Sport and Traditional climbs. He cut his climbing teeth at the Delaware Water Gap where he has led many of the climbs on both Mt. Minsi and Mt. Tammany. Rob has climbed all over the U S including many classic areas such as Smith Rock, Red River Gorge, Red Rock Canyon and The Tennessee Wall. Rob is also a Ski Instructor at Blue Mountain Ski Area and a Tennis Coach at Pen Argyl High School. To round out his activities he is also and avid Mountain Biker.
Barry RusnockClimbing School Director & Founder Single Pitch Instructor & Single Pitch Guide
Barry Rusnock Barry started climbing in 1974. An alpinist at heart, he loves climbing above 10,000 ft. Trained by some of the best rock and ice mentors in the United States, he is constantly keeping his guiding skills sharp and updated. If you climb with Barry, chances are he will share some of his slick guiding tricks with you. His climbing and mountaineering educational background consists of Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Top Rope Site Manager, PCGI Single Pitch Guide, Certified BSA Level II Climbing Instructor, ACI Multi-Pitch Guide training, Certified Wilderness First Aid and CPR , AIARE Level 1 training, Crevasse Rescue training, and Ice Climbing Instructor training. Barry is currently the Mid-Atlantic Section Chair for the American Alpine Club, an Alpine Club of Canada member, a member of the American Mountain Guides Association, and a supporting member of the Access Fund. He is a professional brand ambassador for Arc'Terx and a V.I.P for adidas outdoor. Barry is one of ten nationally certified AMGA single pitch instructors in New Jersey. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Structural Engineering Technology. Barry is also an Eagle Scout.
What Our People Says
Private Lesson – Climbing Merit Badge
"Barry and Spencer provided a great climbing experience for my 12-year old grandson, Quinn. Barry is extremely knowledgeable and capable, and facilitated Quinn's work toward his BSA Climbing Merit Badge. I also had a great time as a 69-year old with minimal climbing experience and marginal agility. I would not hesitate to climb again with Barry. - Michael Swearingen Grandfather and Grandson, 2016-07-23"
Take Your Child Rock Climbing
"Yesterday, 07/18/16, my daughter and I went with Mike Burke for Take Your Child Rock Climbing. We both thought he was an excellent instructor, stressing safety first and fun a close second. We had a wonderful day we both expect to return for more rock climbing adventures. I also want to thank Barry who worked with me tirelessly in order to make this day happen. Mike and Barry made a day of climbing, for me and my daughter, a special time. Thanks again. - Chris T Father & Daughter, 2016-07-18"
A Facebook Testimonial
"Barry Rusnock and Mary Michael Levitt are great and inspirational rock climbing teachers who made rock climbing "easy"! With their extreme patience for a client with anxiety and fear of heights they know how to help me overcome those fears. I look forward to more of their classes in the near future. - LuAnn L Facebook Follower , 2016-07-14"
Take Your Child Rock Climbing
"My daughter and I had an excellent experience climbing today. Lots of thanks to you for organizing and Michael for guiding us. I'm sure we'll be back. - Dmitri Father & Daughter, 2016-07-10"
Women on the Rocks
"“Thank You for all the time and effort you’ve made to the Women On The Rocks clinic. The experience has changed my outlook. I knew there was a stronger woman inside me, but wondered where she went. On Saturday, I discovered she never left and fear just took up residence. I cannot thank you enough for pushing me beyond that fearful limit. It’s a positive experience that I will always draw from when I need it most. You both have such a wonderful dynamic together and it shows in your teaching. Your passion for outdoor adventure is contagious!” - Barbara S. Women on the Rocks, 2006-10-15"
Women on the Rocks
Cynthia C. - Women on the Rocks, 2012-10-14
""A few of my girlfriends (Linda, Maria, Peggy, Vivien, Cynthia) and I joined the outdoor women's clinic you hosted - very information rich session, thanks. We were wondering if we could get some of the photos you took of us climbing? Thanks much for all the information you provided us with; it was my friends' and my first time climbing outdoors and it's rare that we learned so much about climbing. Thank you (and Gene) for taking such good care of us our first time out!" -Cynthia C. Women on the Rocks, 2012-10-14"
Donald Hisler - Private Lesson, 2015-03-14
"This has got to be the best Climbing schools on the east Coast. If you desire to learn and want a reputable Climbing School please look no further than this Riverview Outdoor Adventures & Clinics, I knew nothing going in and after three days of good technique and training I really feel like I can venture out a little on my own,(Not too far), but Please if you want to learn the art of Rock climbing this is the place to learn, Great Instructors!!!! -Donald Hisler Private Lesson, 2015-03-14"
Climbing Merit Badge (BSA)
Johnnie D. - Scout Leader, 2014-11-09
"Well organized. Excellent leadership. My son loved this merit badge. Don't let your son be discouraged by the description of what they need to accomplish. These guys make what sounds impossible both doable and fun. I highly recommend this activity. -Johnnie D. Scout Leader, 2014-11-09"
Multi-Pitch Ice | Rock | Falling & Commitment Clinic
Eric Zorn - 2015-04-02
"Coming from France, already rock & ice climber, I had the chance to go climbing with Barry. In each of the occasion, being rock climbing within a scheduled workshop, being a Falling and Commitment training or ice climbing, the focus was security and cheerfulness. Barry is a real good climber, is allowing to progress by giving enough but not too much explanation. I recommend for beginners, or like me the ones that look for more adventure. Thanks Barry, you made my stay in NJ very enjoyable. -Eric Zorn 2015-04-02"
Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing
Mike G - Climber, 2016-07-02
"Many thanks to Barry, Mike, and Spencer for their instruction and guidance in the Introduction to Rock Climbing course!!! It was a fantastic and intensive day filled with a comprehensive approach to safety procedures; an introduction to techniques for effective climbing; and, of course, a ton of actual climbing up some challenging rocks! So happy I did this course with them and looking forward to more climbing and challenges in the future. -Rick C. Anchor Building, 2015-03-28"