The goal at Adirondack Climb & Ride Adventures is to provide clients with technical skills and knowledge to be successful in their adventures.  We teach practical application of skills with an emphasis on the how and why so the client understands the principles and can apply them in any situation.


Our other goal is to provide the best value for your money.  We don't work to a fixed schedule and the day ends when the client has met their goals for the day.  From an alpine start to coming off the mountain by headlamp you'll be sure to get the most out of your time with us.


With a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology I have been working professionally as an engineer for over 25 years with experience developing and testing products ranging from industrial equipment to military weapons to consumer products.  I’m a machinist, a welder, a mechanic, a craftsman, and also a pilot with extensive knowledge of how to make things and how they work.  My interest in climbing began when I moved to Vermont in 1996 and since then I have travelled extensively seeking out mountain adventures.  I have been guiding rock and ice in the northeast since 2005 and I am currently based in the Adirondacks of New York.

My background in engineering along with over 25 years of climbing experience and professional guide training has given me a unique technical understanding of all things climbing related.  I go beyond what the average guide can offer and will explain things such as the physics behind anchor systems or the limitations of climbing equipment, and I can dispel any myths you may have heard about things failing.

Mike Bauman, Owner & Guide
  • AMGA TRSM Cert

  • AMGA Rock Instructor Course

  • AIARE Level 1 Certified

  • New York State Licensed Rock and Ice Guide

  • Wilderness First Responder Certified

  • Red Cross CPR Certified


Gansevoort, NY  12831

California Flake, Mt. Colden, Adirondacks

Bugaboos PP, BC

Spaceshot, Zion NP

Alpamayo Summit (19,511'), Peru, June 19, 2013

Mt. Baker, North Cascades, solo

Squamish, BC

Book of Solemnity, North Conway

Pico de Orizaba, Mexico, solo

Dream of Wild Turkeys, Red Rocks


Namche Bazaar, Nepal


Mt. Stuart, North Cascades


Black Dike, solo, 2009


Forbidden Peak, North Cascades 

Mt. Rainier, North Cascades



Mt. Shuksan, North Cascades, solo 

Gothics Summit via North Face

Positive Thinking, Poke-O-Moonshine



Power Play, Adirondacks

Devil's Tower, Wyoming

Plug-n-Chug, Lake WIlloughby, VT

The Last Gentleman in lean conditions, Lake Willoughby, VT

 Pacman, Chapel Pond, Adirondacks


Gothics South Face, Solo, 2008



Baja Mexico 2017


Mastiguoche Wildlife Reserve, Quebec  2016


Trans-America Trail, Nevada 2015


Trans-Labrador Highway, Canada, 2014


my 1992 HD XLH1200 in 2007


touring on a 1980 CX500 sometime in the mid-90's


winter riding on a 1978 RM250 in the mid-80's


my very first bike, a 1980 XR80