Welcome back to Ice Fest, Ben Mirkin! Ben lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he is a full time professor, Dad as well as mountain guide at Mooney Mountain Guides. Ben is a great instructor and has a more than proficient knowledge of the Whites, stemming all the way back to his days in Tuckerman Ravine.
Ben loves to play outside, in almost any way you can imagine. He works full time as a professor of Adventure Leadership at Northern Vermont University – Lyndon. Prior to NVU, he spent the 9 years at The White Mountain School and served as director of White Mountain Climbing Camp. Ben has taught college Adventure Education courses at UNH, Plymouth State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, in addition to leading extended wilderness courses throughout the American northeast, northwest, Canadian Rockies and Alaska as well as guiding for Mooney Mountain Guides since 2013. Ben is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, and a rock and ice climber. He is excited to share his passion for using the outdoors to help students learn and teach.
Guiding and Teaching Credentials
- AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
- AMGA Certified Single Pitch Provider / Examiner
- Wilderness First Responder
- AIARE Level I, 2, and 3 Avalanche Certification
Guiding and Teaching Experience
- Mountaineering, rock, ice climbing, backcountry ski guiding / instructor since 2004
- Director of White Mountain Climbing Camp.
- 18 years on Rock, ice, and snow
- Sport routes to 5.12a
- Traditional routes to 5.10+
- Ice routes to 4+
Other Credentials and Achievements
- Professional Member of the AMGA
- Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Hampshire (2012)