Robert O’Connor

Year Started at Paul Smith’s: 2015
Department: Environment and Society
Program: Recreation, Adventure Education & Leisure Management

Academic Background

M.S. SUNY Plattsburgh (Expeditionary Studies)

Courses Taught

REC 104 Adventured Education I
REC 204 Adventure Education II
REC 160 Introduction to Rock Climbing
REC 260 Intermediate/Advanced Rock Climbing
REC 155 Introduction to Sea Kayaking
REC 310 Risk Management and Liability
REC 220 Outdoor Recreation Leadership
REC 150 Introduction to Ice Climbing
REC 250 Intermediate/Advanced Ice Climbing
REC 155 Introduction to Whitewater
REC 299 Intermediate Backcountry Ski Course
REC 361 Recreation Practicum
PRK 355 Visitor’s Service Management


ACA Whitewater L4 Instructor
ACCT Level 1 Basic Training
ACCT Level 2 Beyond Basic Training
AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course (September 2020)
Avalanche Level I training (AIARE)
Avalanche Level II training (AIARE)
BC Level 1 Coach
BC I, II, III, IV-star cert
New York State Guides License
Wilderness First Responder

Expedition Experience

Paddling: Multi day trips in Washington (San Juans and Deception Pass), South Carolina, Maine (Bold Coast), Florida, Vermont and New York (Mircoplastics June 2016);

Rock Climbing: Ascents in Nevada, Canadian Rockies, California, Oregon, West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Hawaii, New York (First Ascents), and Montana

Ice Climbing: Ascents in New York (First Ascents), Vermont, and New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, and Wyoming.

Backcountry Skiing: Descents in Kyrgyzstan, Utah, California, Oregon, Colorado (14ers including Elbert), Montana, Wyoming, New York, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Mountaineering: Ascents in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Washington (Rainier), Oregon, Maine, Canadian Rockies, California (East Buttress Mt. Whitney), Colorado, New Hampshire, New Zealand, and Montana


Contact »
Freer Science Building 207
(518) 327-6868