Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Climbing Faculty

Andrew Bisharat

Andrew Bisharat

Climbing Shoes

Senior editor at Rock & Ice, 5.14 climber, El Cap aid routes in a day—meet the force behind Gear Institute's climbing shoe tests. (Mind the sloth!)

Matt Samet

Matt Samet

Climbing Shoes, Ropes

Former editor of Climbing magazine, author of the Climbing Dictionary, and climbing gear tester par excellence.

Mike Schneiter

Mike Schneiter

Climbing

Mike Schneiter is an AMGA-trained alpine and rock guide, founder of Glenwood Climbing Guides and longtime climbing and outdoor educator with Colorado Mountain Colorado, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Amy Jurries

Amy Jurries

Ice Climbing Boots

Amy Jurries is the Founder and Editor of The GearCaster. She is addicted to ice climbing but can also be found mountaineering, rock climbing, cycling, mountain biking, hiking and trail running with her dog Lola.

Brad Steele

Brad Steele

Climbing

Brad Steele is the co-creator of BackcountrySkiingCanada.com, a one-stop-shop for skiers and riders seeking timely, on-the-money information. BackcountrySkiingCanada.com is where you’ll find route descriptions, product reviews, guides, videos, comps and other like minded people who are as amped on ski touring as you are. 

Mike King

Mike King

Climbing

Mike King spends 200 days each year in the Cascades, Alaska, Argentina and Tanzania guiding for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. He tests mountaineering boots for the Gear Institute.

Erica Jessop

Erica Jessop

Biking

Erica Jessop is a climber, mountain biker, lover of the outdoors in general, freelance writer, pianist, a book nerd, and enjoys cooking (desserts are her specialty).

Carry Porter

Carry Porter

Cameras & Video, XC Skiing, Climbing

My husband and I have been avid skate and classic cross country skiers since 2000. A couple years ago, we became certified instructors and started teaching for The Mountaineers club in Seattle. 

Jason Antin

Jason Antin

Climbing

Jason Antin guides rock, alpine, and backpacking treks for Denver Mountain Guiding in Golden, Colorado and works for the outdoor social network, Gociety. He tests crampons for the Gear Institute.

Chris Weidner

Chris Weidner

Climbing

Chris Weidner climbs like an All-Purpose shoe: he’s competent on most terrain but not the best at anything. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and thousands of rock climbs.

Mike Summers

Mike Summers

Climbing

Mike Summers is an avid hiker, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. While exploring America’s best outdoor spaces, Mike has developed an intimate relationship with his gear systems, allowing him to stay safe and comfortable in an otherwise forbidding environment. When he’s not exploring, you can find him sharing insights and chronicling his journeys at improbablebutpossible.com.

Seiji Ishii

Seiji Ishii

Climbing

Seiji Ishii works as a trainer to professional supercross/motocross riders, adventure based motorcycle testing contributor at multiple outlets, and as an AMGA certified rock climbing guide/instructor for White Star Mountain Guides/Austin Rock Gym. His personal time is spent rock climbing, any form of dirt biking, cycling, and training for the next mountaineering adventure.

David Garcia

David Garcia

Climbing

David Garcia has been a trail running fanatic with a climbing problem for over 25-years. In his home base of Boulder, CO where he works as a firefighter, David has easy access to some of the best trail running and climbing that the state has to offer.