This Week’s Featured Client Video…


Deep in the heart of Maine’s backcountry lies the remotest alpine climbing region east of the Rockies. The right most ice climb: Two Screws Loose, NEI 5 IV 600’ requires a 52-mile round trip ski approach. Ryan Howes of Northern Vertical and his partners got the first ascent February 11, 2019.

Deep in the heart of Maine’s backcountry lies the remotest alpine climbing region east of the Rockies. The right most ice climb: Two Screws Loose, NEI 5 IV 600’ requires a 52-mile round trip ski approach. Ryan Howes of Northern Vertical and his partners got the first ascent February 11, 2019.

All climbing instruction and personalized adventures are led by Professional Rock and Ice Climbing Guide and Health Coach Ryan Howes, who integrates holistic health, nutrition, adventure and nature into his life-changing climbing experiences and health coaching programs so you can thrive. Mind-body health is paramount, so check out the video below, explore the site and let’s connect.

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“Take the LEAP”

Hi, my name is Ryan Howes…

I believe that connecting with nature helps us to connect with ourselves. The profound and simple idea that “we are nature” is evident when we stretch our limits in direct contact with wild places.

Photo:  Lily Piel

Photo: Lily Piel

Joel Burns

“I have to say working with Ryan has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had. He has helped unlock a part of me I didn't know was there. Achieving the daily climbing goals we set out is exciting but what lasts even longer is the confidence to look at a challenge (physical or otherwise) and think, "Yeah, I got this..."

-JOEL BURNS

After climbing for 20 years and professional guiding for 12, I have learned that good health and happiness is key to human performance and thriving. Mindfulness practices, high-quality whole food, loving relationships and regular body maintenance are key elements that I share with my climbing and health clients.  Are you ready to bring more adventure and healthy living into your life? Email me below.

In the NEWS… Ryan Howes of Northern Vertical with Michael G. Seamans of the Morning Sentinel have won Maine Associated Press Video of 2018.

During the 2017/18 ice climbing season a unique weather event called the "BOMB CYCLONE" worked its way up the Atlantic Ocean and created a special new ice climb in Camden, Maine that I was fortunate to climb. The video "First Ascent-bomb Cyclone" shows both drone and up close footage of all the action. Thank you to Maine Today Media and Photojournalist Michael G. Seamans for the video!