About Seeking Exposure - Rock Climbing - Top of East Bluff w/ dogs
Me and the dogs at the top of the East Bluff in Devil’s Lake.

My name is Chris and I am the founder of Seeking Exposure and Seeking Exposure Climbing Guides, LLC. Unlike most climbers, I did not get into climbing until late in my career. After graduating from Cornell University I moved to Manhattan and spent the next six years working in finance.  I enjoyed my job, but the quality of life was lacking. There was a large part of me yearning to get away from the desk and find some sort of adventure.

As most of these stories go, one Saturday morning my wife talked me into taking our two dogs up to a good hiking spot about an hour and a half north of the city. I did not know it at the time, but that spot was the Gunks. I honestly was not expecting much.  I was just happy to get out of the city and let the dogs run.

When we finally got there, I remember getting out of the car, walking up the trail to the main carriage road and my jaw just dropping… all along the trail I could see climbers on the beautiful cliffs.  From that moment I was hooked.

About Seeking Exposure - Curving Crack

Fast-forward a few years… I now live in the mid-west and still work in an office, but climbing has become a large part of my life. I am a American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) certified Wilderness First Responder. During the week I moonlight as a route setter and climbing coach at a local climbing gym. On the weekends, I guide for Seeking Exposure Climbing Guides, LLC or make extended trips to different climbing destinations around the States as often as possible.

Climbing is an incredible experience. When I first started I did not know anything about climbing or being outdoors. I had never even been on a “real” hike before. I literally had to ask my best friend to come with me and my wife because I was afraid I was going to get lost!!! I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from another friend who guides out of one of the regional outdoor recreational stores in the North East.

He was an incredible teacher, but my biggest frustration going through the initial learning process was the lack of a centralized online resource for learning how to climb.  Now that I am a climbing instructor and professional guide, I wanted to create that place for perspective climbers who were once in my position and that is a major imputes behind this website.

Climbing is a lifetime sport and even now, I am learning new ways of doing things and new ways of being efficient. That is one of the beautiful things about climbing.  My hope is to eventually build a community where new and experienced climbers can come together to help learn the skills and/or refine the techniques necessary to get outdoors, climb hard, climb high, and most importantly, climb safe!

If you have any questions on posts or climbing in general, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section or send me an email at ccasciola@seekingexposure.com 

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