IFMGA/AMGA Licensed Guide


What our guests are saying about Art...

Hiking or climbing provides a total sensory experience: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It's cleansing in every sense of the word. So, I know when my stress levels start to mount and my creative juices begin to dry up, I need only contact Art Mooney to find relief. One might call Art my Mountain Connection. Art's one of the top guides in the world, and he ensures that I push my mind and body to the absolute limit while discovering new and drop dead gorgeous vistas.

Since 1978, my passion has been to climb and ski throughout New Hampshire and the northeast. I have also participated in climbing trips, ski tours, and expeditions in the western United States, Alaska, Canada, South America, Mexico and Europe.

Mountain guiding became my year round profession in 1995. Since that time I have completed exams for certification in rock, alpine and ski mountaineering with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). In September 2001, I became internationally certified with the UIAGM.

In addition to Mooney Mountain Guides I work with the American Mountain Guides Association teaching guide training courses and examining guides for certification. Other training includes Wilderness First Responder and AIARE Level III Avalanche course. My past employment includes the Taos Ski Patrol, the Angel Fire Ski Patrol, H2O HeliSki Guides in Valdez, the EMS Climbing School, and Aventuras Patagonicas Expeditions.

Guiding Credentials

  • IFMGA certified mountain guide
  • AMGA Rock Instructor & Examiner for rock discipline
  • AMGA Rock Guide Exam Yosemite Valley
  • AMGA Advanced Rock Course Eldorado Springs
  • AMGA Rock Instructor Course The Gunks
  • AMGA Alpine Exam North Cascades
  • AMGA Advanced Alpine Course North Cascades
  • AMGA Rock and Snow Course Sierra Mountains
  • AMGA Ski Mountaineering Exam North Cascades
  • AMGA Ski Mountaineering Course Chugach Mountains Alaska
  • AMGA Ski Guide Course Sierra Mountains
  • AIRE Level II Avalanche Course
  • AIRE Level III Avalanche Course
  • Wilderness First Responder

Guiding Experience

  • Rock, ice, alpine, and ski guiding experience in New Hampshire, Canada, Europe, South America, and Alaska
  • Taught courses in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing ski mountaineering, crevasse rescue, and lead climbing
  • Leader of climbing trips to Valdez, Wrangell Range, Canadian Rockies, Mt. Katahdin, and Argentina.
  • Guided an expedition to Aconcagua, Argentina for Aventuras Patagonicas
  • Former Guide for H2O Heli Guides in Valdez
  • Former Guide for Eastern Mountain Sports

Climbing Experience

  • 35 years climbing experience
  • Leader of climbing expeditions to Alaska, Bolivia and Argentina
  • Ascents in the USA, Canada, France, and Argentina
  • Alpine style ascents in the Cascades, Tetons, and Colorado Rockies

Rock Climbing

  • Trad routes to 11b
  • Sport routes to 12c
  • Many multipitch high standard ascents in locales such as Yosemite, Red Rocks, Canyonlands, and Rocky Mountain National Park

Ice Climbing

  • Ascents up to WI 6 & M5
  • Routes like La Pomme d’Or, Mainline , Called on Account of Rains, & Repentance

Wall Climbing

  • Ascents of El Capitan, the Nose and Salathe Wall
  • Sentinel Rock, Chouinard-Herbert Route
  • Speed ascent of Half Dome, Regular NW Face, 9:00 onsight

Skiing Experience

  • 35 years skiing experience
  • Strong ability on alpine and telemark equipment
  • Ski tours and descents in Alaska, Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States

Other Credentials

  • Professional member of the AMGA
  • Member of Mammut Pro Climbing Team
  • Member of Petzl/Charlet Moser Climbing Team
  • Member of the American Alpine Club
  • Member of the Appalachian Mountain Club
  • 9 years of ski patrol experience at Taos Ski Valley and Angelfire Ski Area in New Mexico
  • Member of technical team responsible for rescues and lift evacuation at Taos Ski Area
  • Skilled woodworker. Crafter of custom homes and furniture
  • Owner and operator of Abel’s Restaurant in Bristol, NH, 1984-1992