Explorers Club President


Elani Gitterman (
Born and raised in California (and Hawaii), Elani feels most comfortable on the beach or in the mountains. When in Pittsburgh, you can usually find her laying in grass somewhere. She studies Cognitive Science and Design and loves climbing, backpacking and more. She also likes to subject people to her guitar playing, pen drawings and dad jokes. She is a firm believer in the fact that people who like nature are generally better people, and dreams of one day owning a remote house with lots of horses and dogs.


Explorers Club Treasurers


Alex Gotsis (

I'm an Electrical and Computer Engineering student that loves to find the time to get out into the world and climb a mountain or two. Climbing is also lots of fun!




Ian Rosenberg (

Ian has been enjoying the outdoors of Pennsylvania since he was a kid. Since coming to CMU he's spent most of his outdoors time climbing, hiking, and slacklining. 




Nate Brooks (
I'm a robotics PhD student and sunlight enthusiast. Since moving to Pittsburgh, I've spent my free time doing lots of different things: backpacking, climbing, kayaking, meteor shower watching, and camping outside of REI. Most weekends I try to go hiking or climbing, and on some weekdays I hang out at The Climbing Wall. A couple of my favorite "out of town" locations are the rocks at Red River Gorge and the high peaks in the Adirondacks.

When exploring, there are many types of fun:
- Type 1 fun is plain, simple fun
- Type 2 fun is not fun while you are doing it, but is fun afterwards (makes for a good story)
- Type 3 fun is never fun for you, but is fun for others (makes for a good story about you being stupid)
I look forward to experiencing them all with you (well, maybe not type 3)!


Explorers Club Quartermasters

Matt Barnes (

Matt is a mountain biker, backcountry skier and trail runner. Favorite trips include the Zion grand traverse, Kilimanjaro via the western breach, Roger's Pass, Matterhorn Canyon in Yosemite and the winter mountaineer's route on Mt. Whitney. He is an Adirondack 46'er, Eagle Scout and ECP mountaineering school grad.



Mark Whiting (

Mark Whiting is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering Department developing tools to tackle hyper-complex design problems, such as those found in biology. He has grown up traveling the world and has studied in Australia, China and Korea along the way. He is also known for founding TEDxKAIST and being heavily involved with TEDx in Korea. Find out more about Mark here.



Ben Towne (

I got started hiking in my home state of New Hampshire, a state with enough amazing natural beauty to get me hooked.  I've climbed a number of the state's peaks including the *real* Mt. Washington, which is much more challenging than Pittsburgh's old Coal Hill.  I enjoy hiking in PA as well as other states and countries, including a 7-month travel and backpacking trip in Europe a few years back. If there's somewhere you want to go (see suggestions above) just put out a note to explorers-hiking and let's make it happen!