Misty Mountain’s ambassadors are an integral part of our design and engineering process. As these athletes climb around the globe, they carry with them some of our newest apparel and equipment, helping us to design the greatest harnesses built in the USA.

Melise Edwards


I’m a recent graduate with a degree in biology/french currently living in Boone, NC. I can be quite the boulder toad, but enjoy sport climbing and am learning more about trad. I choose Misty Mountain for my climbing gear needs because of the quality products and people behind them. The Misty Mountain crew is so passionate about what they do and committed to making the best climbing gear available.

Lee Hansche Misty Mountain Ambassador


Lee Hansche has been climbing in New Hampshire and around the US for the past 25 years. A passion for nature, movement, and mental fortitude are the primary drivers for his activity in the sport. While recently leaning toward sport climbing, Lee is happy to climb boulders and is thrilled to get out trad climbing whenever possible. Locals know Lee as the manager and resident guide of two Vertical Dreams climbing gyms, a board member with the Rumney Climbers Association, Mountain Project administrator, and generally psyched climber and route developer!


Kathy Karlo is a rock climber based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her love of rock and ice has been a life changing experience. She encourages anyone and everyone to try it! Her belief that climbing a rock is so much more than that…it’s a life journey that forever tests the limits of possibility.
She chooses Misty, not only because of their quality made gear, but also because the Misty brand aligns with the message she is dedicating her life to delivering: do what you love, with love.
Her future goals include big walls, aid soloing, and exploring the alpine world.


A North Carolina native, he grew up in the Southeast staying active through team sports but then something happened to him early in his 20’s: he discovered backpacking, climbing, and developed an insatiable appetite for adventures in nature. Captivated and inspired by a backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail, Ian moved to Yosemite in 2010 with a Misty Mountain Highlander pad, a rope and some quick draws. Hardly a month later, he traded his savings account for a trad rack. He spent three seasons working in Yosemite for the park’s concessionaire in return for housing in The Valley where he could build up his climbing skills on some of the world’s best granite. In the off season he’d migrate back to Chapel Hill and spend the winters climbing splitters at Rumbling Bald and Stone Mountain. Ian relocated to Boulder, CO in 2012 to be close to the amazing rocks of Eldorado Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Vedauwoo, Devil’s Tower, and Indian Creek.

Tracy Martin

Tracy is a NC native, but currently lives in Las Vegas, NV. She has been climbing 26 years and still craves the adventure of placing gear the most, although she loves the hang time with friends while clipping bolts. A Misty Mountain harness has been her first choice since she first learned to climb, partly because the MMT crew adopted her as a little sister long ago and partly because the trad harness can hold a full rack without losing its backbone and comfort. She has put a many of harnesses to the test while becoming certified as an AMGA Rock Guide. She is also a Warrior’s Way Trainer, Graphic Designer and Pet Portrait Artist.

Ken Murphy

I’ve been climbing for 11 years and have a love for all facets of climbing.  I grew up in upstate NY, within the southern Adirondack Park, where boulders and cliffs are plentiful. One fateful day, my good friend Jut lured me to a small climbing area for a epic day that forever changed my life. Fast forward, four years ago I moved to the small town of New Paltz, NY, home of the famous Shawangunks. I’ve completely entrenched myself into the tradition realm and the thousands of routes the Gunks has to offer. Trad climbing in the Gunks is like no other area, massive roofs, hard boulder problem, tricky gear and mind boggling exposure. I have more than a lifetime of  climbing in the Gunks and look forward to working many amazing projects this year.  Some which could certainly be of  the best routes in the country of that style.

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson currently lives at the New River Gorge, WV, where he manages the American Alpine Club’s campground.  He has been climbing for 15 years, and in that time has dabbled in most forms of rock climbing around the US, Canada, and Mexico from big walls to bouldering.  His favorite types of climbing however, usually involve sandstone, cracks, and traditional protection.  Indian Creek, the Gunks, and the New River Gorge are his favorite crags.  Paul is psyched on Misty Mountain because of their no frills, elegant gear, and the fact that they are 100% made in the USA.  His favorite harnesses are the Cirque and the Cadillac.
When he’s not climbing, Paul plays bluegrass mandolin, jazz guitar, writes articles for rockclimbing.com and writes his own blog.  He’s also a historian; check out his history of Utah’s Canyon Country, “Wrecks of Human Ambition” here.

Aaron Parlier

I grew up in Southwestern Virginia, and currently live in beautiful Boone, NC.  Having avidly climbed for ten years I’ve enjoyed all types of rock climbing, but bouldering is without a doubt my forte.  While exploration and first ascents are my true passion here in Appalachia, I enjoy visiting classic boulder fields both near and far, and getting caught up in personal sagas with some of the Southeast’s finest test pieces.  Misty Mountain gear has always been my first choice due to the quality craftsmanship and durable dependability of their products.  A lot of heart, soul, and thought go into each stitch and seam, and it’s evident with every use.

Kevin Riley

Kevin began climbing back in 2003 while attending UMASS – Amherst. A co worker at Adventure Outfitters – now defunct – took him to a local, gneiss climbing area, called Rose Ledge. In 2007, Kevin moved to NYC to work for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines. In 2012, he left the magazines to develop the website  ActioninSolitude.com. When Kevin is not climbing he loves to run long distances in the woods and play music.

Helen Sinclair

A New Zealander living in Boulder, Colorado, Hellen attempts to spend as much time climbing and training as possible. It’s always a difficult trade off, working full time as an EMT, ski patroller, climbing coach, and climbing at every opportunity in-between. The result is a fitness well suited to long hard climbs. Recent successes include free climbing the Rainbow Wall in Red Rocks and the West Face of El Capitan. The future holds some link-ups in Zion and another trip to Yosemite Valley. Sport and Trad climbing at 5.13 and coaching in a bouldering gym Helen loves all climbing disciplines from big mountains to the plastic. Stay tuned by visiting her website helensinclair.com