Our Guides & Staff

​Here at Northeast Mountain Guiding we pride ourselves on professionalism.  We staff some of the most highly respected and experienced guides in the country.  All of our guides are CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Wilderness First Aid certified along with being trained and/or certified in the discipline they are instructing/guiding.  We are the only guide service in the region that currently employs guides certified by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute and the American Hiking Guides Association.  Our guides training and certifications are conducted by Nationally or Internationally recognized organizations.

Our founder and current owners are highly respected figures in the outdoor education and guiding industry.  They also are founders, curriculum developers or directly involved with various levels of National and International guide training and search and rescue training organizations in the United States.  When you're in the wilderness or mountains with us you're with trained professionals, some of the best in the industry!  Our President and Vice President's information is listed below. More information on our guides and staff can be found here: Guides & Staff

Joseph is a certified PCGI Top-Rope Guide and works alongside certified guides on a weekly basis. He is currently training for his PCGI Multi-Pitch Guide certification. He is also a Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Instructor as well as a High/Low Angle Rescue Instructor. He is a former volunteer EMT with South Aberdeen EMS/Bayshore EMS where he served as Sergeant for 2 terms. South Aberdeen EMS responds to 1200+ emergency 911 calls annually. Joey is also an adjunct instructor with the Center for Wilderness Safety.

Joseph "Joey" Vulpis

President & Founder

Joey has been guiding for many years and is an essential part of the outdoor education industry in the United States. He is a co-founder of the Mountain Leader program (American Hiking Guides Association) which has established itself in the United States as the governing body for training and certification for hiking and backpacking guides (Mountain Leaders). He is the current Secretary of the Board for the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) and was a member of their Board of Directors for 2 consecutive terms. Joey is also a co-founder, Chief, Technical Team Leader and head instructor for Bayshore Search & Rescue, a wilderness ground search and rescue team in Central New Jersey. He is currently developing curriculum for backcountry water safety and backcountry food handlers. Joey, a father of 2 children, calls New Jersey his home.


Leave No Trace Trainer

PCGI Top Rope Guide

New York DEC Licensed Guide for Hiking, Rock & Ice Climbing

CPR for the Professional Rescuer (AHA)

Basic First-Aid (AHA)

Wilderness & Remote First Aid (ARC & CWS)

New Jersey EMT

Confined Space Entry - 29 CFR 1910.146

Wilderness EMT

Wilderness EMT Advanced

High/Low Angle Rescue Technician (Mountain Rescue)

NCA Level III Canyoneering Guide

Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Search & Rescue Technician III

AHGA Hiking Guide

AHGA Mountain Leader

FEMA ICS 100 and NIMS 700

A-101 Aviation Safety

Food Handler's License (for backcountry meal preparation)