AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor & Provider, New York State Licensed Guide, Wilderness First Aid, BSA Climbing Merit Badge Counselor
Taino (or Tai, as he prefers) began climbing December 26, 2002 after promising an injured friend and longtime climber to partner up when he was back in shape; he had no idea that making the promise would change his life in such a dramatic fashion. He was enthralled with the puzzle-like feeling of climbing. Figuring out how to get up the rock under his own power was (and still is) one of the greatest feelings ever, and he decided to learn as much as he could about climbing. In the process, Tai has earned certification as an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor as well as Climbing Wall Instructor & Provider, a New York State Guide license for both rock- and ice-climbing (among other things), and holds certification in Wilderness First Aid. He is also one of a handful of Climbing Merit Badge Counselors for the Boy Scouts of America, in this area.
Tai grew up in the country and spends the majority of his free time outdoors, usually climbing. A natural teacher, few things are more satisfying to him than introducing someone to something he loves so much, and watching them share the joy. Tai has climbed in six states, on three continents, and in four countries, but is proud to call the Gunks his "home crag."