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Bob Gaines at Joshua Tree.
Bob Gaines, Director

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) and is a member of the AMGA Instructor team. Bob teaches the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course at Joshua Tree National Park and is also an examiner for the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Exam.

Bob has authored or co-authored 12 books on rock climbing, including the instructional textbooks Toproping, Rappelling, Climbing Anchors, Climbing Anchors Field Guide, and Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual, which is the textbook for the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor program.

Bob's latest rock climbing guidebooks include Best Climbs Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks and Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park.

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."

Erik at Joshua Tree National Park
Erik Kramer-Webb

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.

Video of Erik guiding at Joshua Tree National Park.

Chris Baumann at Joshua Tree
Chris Baumann

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 instonerockclimbing.com.

Tony Grice at Joshua Tree
Tony Grice

TONY GRICE is a lifelong outdoorsman who began serious pursuit of climbing in 1993. His dedication and enthusiasm for the sport has taken him from the overhangs of New York's Shawangunks to the sandstone cliffs of Nevada's Red Rocks and the Big Walls of Zion and Yosemite. His passion lies in teaching safety consciousness in technical rock climbing to people of all ages and skill levels. He has been teaching professionally since 2002 and is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor.

Tony Sartin rock climbing at Joshua Tree
Tony Sartin

TONY SARTIN'S 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 Pitch Instructor.

Peter Croft
Peter Croft

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 JOSHUA TREE ROCK CLIMBING WEEKENDS.

Peter's Bio on Wikipedia

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