Staff Spotlight: Isaac Bernstein

Where are you from, and how long have you worked at Petra Cliffs?

Originally, I am from Sudbury, Massachusetts. I came to Vermont in 2017 to begin college at Northern Vermont University, and have been in Vermont since. I started working at Petra Cliffs the summer of 2019 as one of the Rock Specialists for the SumMAT camp.

What is your role at the gym / mountaineering School?

I have been doing some part-time guiding during the rock climbing season and ice climbing season and will be working in that realm more this winter and spring. I also work a bit in the gym, helping where I can, as well as having a hand in some of the marketing and program outreach pieces of Petra for the Mountaineering School.

Do you have a favorite part season?

I love Autumn and Winter, especially in New England!

How about a favorite Vermont climbing location?

My favorite places I have climbed in Vermont are Smuggler’s Notch, Lake Willoughby, Marshfield Ledge and Deer Leap. All of them have a distinct beauty and position, with wildly different character.

Do you have a preferred climbing discipline (boulder/ropes/ice/rock)?

Whatever the weather is best for, I’m into it! Right now, I’m excited for ice climbing!

Where is your favorite that you have climbed? It can be in Vermont or elsewhere!

Though I haven’t spent much time in the Adirondacks, they are definitely my favorite climbing location so far.

What is a fun fact about you?

I love to play the guitar, make ink illustrations and drawings, and I am attempting to learn French!

Why do you enjoy guiding and educating others in outdoor recreated sports?

Everyone, no matter their background or ability within a certain activity, deserves to get outside and play. Playing in the outdoors and appreciating outdoor spaces has been a close value of mine for a long time. So, guiding and educating is enjoyable for me because I can share these outdoor activities and spaces with wonderful people, and try to create a positive and encouraging learning environment. It’s also just very fun to get outside with great people!

What's one thing you'd like to see at the gym as we upgrade to Petra 2.0?

More wall space with taller walls for rope climbing would be pretty cool!