BOB GAINES is the Director of Vertical Adventures
Rock Climbing School, which he founded in 1983. Bob is an AMGA (American
Mountain Guides Association) Certified Rock Instructor (since 1995). Bob is an
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider and teaches the AMGA SPI Course
at Joshua Tree National Park. He is also an examiner for the AMGA SPI Exam.
Bob began rock climbing at Joshua Tree in the 1970's. Since then
he has pioneered over 400 new routes at Joshua Tree National Park, and over 130
first ascents at Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks, Idyllwild. A former member of
Yosemite's search and rescue team, Bob is a veteran of Yosemite's big walls,
with 5 ascents of El Capitan and 6 ascents of Half Dome to his credit. His rock
climbing exploits in Yosemite include the second free ascent of the Lost Arrow
Spire (5.12b) and the first free ascent of Sentinel Rock's West Face (5.12b)
via a 16-pitch new route.
Since 1985 Bob has worked extensively training a diverse group of
military special forces, including Marines Special Operations Training Group
Instructors, Delta Force, and the elite SEAL Team 6.
Bob has worked as a climbing stunt coordinator or rigging
coordinator on over 40 television commercials. He has also worked as a climbing
coordinator on numerous motion pictures, films, and photo shoots. He doubled
for Capt. Kirk in Star Trek V and was Sylvester Stallone's climbing
instructor for the movie Cliffhanger, in addition to his job as Chief
Safety Officer for the cast and crew of Cliffhanger during filming on
location in the Italian Dolomites.
In 2011, Travel and Leisure magazine, in their "Great
Places to Climb" feature article, rated Bob Gaines as "top guide" for Joshua
Tree National Park, and wrote: "His years of experience make him the man
Hollywood seeks out when it needs a hand."
CHRIS BAUMANN began rock climbing in 1985
and has been a professional rock climbing guide since 2007. Chris is an AMGA
Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Known for his patient teaching style, Chris
especially enjoys introducing novices to the sport of rock climbing. Known for
his mastery of crack climbing techniques, his rock climbs in Yosemite include
Astroman, a 13 pitch 5.11c that is the goal for many crack climbing
aficionados. In the summer months, Chris offers rock climbing instruction and
rock climbing classes in the Lake Tahoe area, where he can be reached at
background includes exotic locales, from sea cliffs in Thailand to the huge
sandstone spires of Monument Valley, Arizona, and Moab, Utah. His big wall
climbs include Mexico's infamous Trono Blanco and a first ascent on Rainbow
Wall at Red Rocks, Nevada. Tony is regarded as one of Southern California's
strongest and most talented sport climbers, with 5.13 ascents to his credit.
Tony has been guiding professionally since 1997 and is an AMGA Certified Single
JARAD STILES is a
Lake Tahoe, California native. He is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor.
Jarad's guiding background includes several seasons at Joshua Tree National
Park, and 8 summer seasons at Donner Summit. Jarad's rock climbing foundation
was built in Yosemite, with numerous big wall climbs, including multiple
ascents of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Leaning Tower. His passion for alpine
rock climbing led him to Sierra classics, from Clyde Minaret to the Incredible
Hulk and the East Face of Mt. Whitney. Jarad's love for wild places inspires
his passion for teaching others. He's known for his patience, understanding,
and compassion, giving aspiring rock climbers the confidence to explore their
ERIK KRAMER-WEBB has been guiding for Vertical
Adventures since 2001. He began climbing in the Sierra Nevada in 1987 and has
climbed at places such as the North Cascades in Washington, Utah's Indian
Creek, the Red Rocks of Nevada, Smith Rock in Oregon, the Chugach Range in
Alaska, and Squamish Chief in British Columbia. In Yosemite, he has climbed El
Capitan 5 times, including a one-day ascent of the Nose. Erik is a former
instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he taught
mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades. He is known for his
clear and patient teaching style. Erik is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor.
of Erik guiding at Joshua Tree National Park.
PETER CROFT is
one of America's foremost rock climbers. His feats in Yosemite are noteworthy
and legendary: in 1986 he climbed two of Yosemite's biggest walls, El Capitan
and Half Dome, in a single day, with John Bachar. In 1992 he climbed El Cap's
Nose Route in 4 hours 20 minutes. Known for his mastery of 5.13 cracks,
marathon solo climbs, and High Sierra first ascents, Peter is also regarded as
a patient teacher and talented writer. His latest book is
The Trad Climber's Bible, which he co-authored with John
Long.This season Peter will be hosting several
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