Meet the guides!

Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all who strive to test their limits and explore the world around them. Thrifty Adventures excels in creating fun and informative events. We feel it is important to not only offer people new experiences but to dig deeper and teach them about the preservation and history of these areas!

Our Story

Scott and Christy Christy and I met in 2008 at a climbing gym, one week after she had returned from a medical mission in Africa. Her climbing partner had stumbled upon me while she was gone; after all, who wants to spend an extended amount of time off the mountain because you don't have a good partner to climb with! He introduced us and two years later we got engaged on Stone Mountain N.C. while she was hanging 80 ft off the side of the mountain!

We both have a passion for the outdoors and travel. Having understood that the best way to become successful is to follow one's passions; we decided to take all of the activities that made us so happy and provided us with so much personal growth and created Thrifty Adventures, a business that would allow us to share these experiences with others.

- Scott

Meet the Guides

Scott Thrift
Founder/Lead Guide

Scott Thrift 12 years ago I was recovering from my first shoulder dislocation, when my dad asked me if I wanted to climb Mt Rainier with him. I replied, "Sure, what's Mt. Rainier?" Dad gave me a book and 6 months later, off we went.

We did a week long mountaineering seminar with Rainier Mountaineering Inc. I fell in love with the mountain & the sport. I came home and took up rock climbing, as this was the closest thing to mountaineering I could do in this region. I spent the next 2 years learning as much about climbing & rope management as I could. During that time I summited Mt Rainier, Mt Whitney and Mt Shasta.

Two years later I returned to Mt Rainier & tried out for a guide position with RMI. There were 80 people more qualified than I; and only 6 open positions.

I knew I was far less experienced but decided I would have fun with it. It was a tough couple of days. I was passed over for a guide position, but was asked to stay on as a carpenter. Later I was informed that they had created the position for me because they were interested in keeping me on so I could gain experience. I climbed on my days off and was able to interact with some of the more seasoned guides. I picked their brains and absorbed all of the information they were willing to give me. I spent about 6 months there.

Since then, I have climbed 8 of the 15 fourteeners in California including Mt Whitney, Mt Shasta, and a multitude of routes on Rainier, Mt Baker, and Mt Hood. I have also climbed a couple times in Peru. I continue to climb in NC, WV, TN, CA, OR, WA, and Utah.

Christy Thrift
Assistant Guide

Christy Thrift Nature has always been close to my heart, but climbing put it all into an entirely different perspective. I graduated with a biology degree in 2003 and was climbing shortly after! I was at a cross roads in my life and needed something that would help me build trust and confidence in myself and others. I joined an outdoor club that helped me continue to climb on a regular basis and gave me the opportunity to fall in love with hiking and backpacking. These activities did help me gain the personal strengths I was searching for, and introduced me to some of my closest friends and now hubby!

I am excited to create Thrifty Adventures! Not only is this company giving me the opportunity to further my climbing knowledge but it thrills me to know that I can help others search for themselves on the side of the mountain!

Katie Mattson
Assistant Guide

Katie Mattson Katie Mattson is a life and career coach, climber, and adventurist. After finding her courage, voice and inner fearless femme through climbing, she started her own business and began incorporating climbing into her work. She has a BFA in graphic design from James Madison University and a coaching certificate from Coach University. She served for three years on the board of Charlotte Area International Coach Federation Chapter.

Katie began climbing 10 years ago and through many timid steps which eventually turned into a hunger for adventure, she now climbs, hikes, kayaks, zip lines and finds outdoor adventure regularly. Katie has a passion for facilitating retreats that help participants explore their own adventurous side, as well as opening up a new perspective on what is possible in their everyday life.

Why Choose Thrifty Adventures?

While there are many guide services available, Thrifty Adventures realizes that not everyone can summit the highest mountains. We do provide more technical trips but our emphasis is to provide safe trips for anyone who wants to test their limits and explore the world around them.

Another consideration that sets Thrifty Adventures apart from others is that we pride ourselves on educating our clients. It is important for all of our participants to understand gear, knots, techniques,

communication, and the importance of preserving these areas. We also take class sizes into consideration. We know that these types of guided wilderness experiences are pricey and each client deserves a little one on one time! Come join us and let us help you mark a few things off your bucket list!

Thrifty Adventures is growing fast. In the future we will be offering a variety of boating trips, US and international travel. We are insured and certified.


Thrifty Adventures gained its certifications through the Professional Climbing Guides Institute. We are proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

PCGI Certified Single Pitch Instructor
PCGI Certified Top Rope Guide
Hiking Guide from the Professional Hiking Guide Association
CPR and First Aid
Wilderness First Aid

Keep close to nature's heart... and break clear away once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean! - John Muir