Guides | Massey Teel

Massey Teel has been working as a seneca mountain guide for over 7 years and working as a mountain guide for over 10 years. He knew early on that outdoor education was the way he wanted to go, and has found an outlet for his love of teaching at Seneca Rocks Climbing School. His clear, progressive manner of teaching and distinctive laugh make for a fun and informative course or guided day out in the mountains. Massey believes that a mountain guide should aspire to be truly professional, doing so improves the quality of the experience the mountain guide provides as well as the personal career of the mountain guide. A big part of this philosophy is that all professionals improve themselves through education and testing.

Starting with a Top Rope Site Manager course in 2004, Massey has pursued certifications with the American Mountain Guide Association. The AMGA is the oldest certifying body for mountain guides in the U.S. and the only organization in the U.S. that is endorsed by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). The IFMGA sets standards and testing for mountain guides at the international level. Since that first course, Massey has attained the the SPI certification, Rock Instructor certification, and most recently the Rock Guide certification, the highest level of certification available to a mountain guide in the Rock Discipline. He is now the only certified Rock Guide based in the mid-Atlantic region. Pursuing these certifications has allowed Massey to guide and teach in many different locations (NC, TN, KY, WV, VA, NY, NH, AZ, NM, NV and CA) with many different professional guides. The exposure to different ideas and techniques that occurs while seeking certifications and guide work in different areas helps a guide develop a more robust, professional skill set. Massey feels that developing these professional skills is vital for any instructor.

Massey is now an SPI Program Provider, offering SPI courses and assessments to aspiring guides. This certification track has the highest standards of any certification for instructors working in a single pitch setting. In addition it is the only certification of its type in the U.S. that is accredited by the UIAA. Massey is very proud to be associated with a such a professional certification program.

In addition to his guide certifications, Massey has a B.S. in Parks and Recreation from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification from SOLO. During the winter months Massey is the program director for Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, a non-profit that teaches those with disabilities to ski and snowboard. At WAS Massey gets his winter fix of teaching in the mountains. He loves adaptive snowsports instruction because, in addition to being very rewarding, every student is very unique in terms of their abilities and therefore the teaching techniques must be highly customized. The adaptive instruction helps Massey keep his teaching skills sharp through the winter.

As the co-owner and head guide of Seneca Rocks Climbing School, Massey is looking forward to many years ahead at Seneca. He is also looking forward to the challenge of continually improving SRCS programing and growing the business.