Some emails we've received...
I hope this finds you well - I am contacting you on
behalf of Outside Magazine's Premier Active Traveler Team! We are currently
working on our February issue and it appears that Vertical Adventures is going
to be covered in our School's In Feature Story in the February issue!
Outside's Editors attended the world's best camps to master a new skill and
found your rock-climbing clinics to be the best in the business...Congrats!
Active Travel Director, Outside Magazine
I just wanted to reach out and say that
my fiancee and I had the best experience yesterday with our guide Chris at
Joshua Tree. As you know, it was our first time outdoors and we absolutely
loved it and it really had a lot to do with our guide. He was beyond
knowledgeable, safety conscious and made sure we had fun and got our money's
worth. Thank you so much for a great experience and also having such a high
standard for your employees. We will definitely be back for another trip and
couldn't imagine using a different company.
Dear Bob, Erik and Tony:
The true testimonial to an art
form is the impression. Teaching others to engage in a sport that requires you
to step outside your comfort-zone and really challenge individual boundaries,
makes a genuine art form out of teaching others "how" to rock climb.
to thank you not only as a group but personally, because both you and your
guides have inspired me (as an amputee and previous rock-climber) and an
unusual group of individuals (some of whom probably never saw themselves
climbing a rock in their lifetime) to pursue rock climbing further and that is
the true testimonial to the success of your craft. Through their instruction,
your guides absolutely reinforced in me (and I think the group as whole) that
the limits of an individual is readily defined by their ability to understand
that limitation and embrace it as a foundation, more so than a place to end. I
think I speak for the group when I say: both Eric and Tony, in their own unique
way, were experts in helping each person expand their concept of individual
boundaries/limitations. And for two days worth of climbing instruction, you
have definitely left a profound impression in all of us as to what it is to be
a rock climber.
Thank you and you will definitely be hearing from this band
of hooligans again :)
I climbed with two of your guides in Joshua and
loved the experience. I have gone quite a few places to climb and hired guides
and none have been as good as yours - safe, knowledgeable, friendly. I really
appreciated their time.
I hope all is well and that you're having a
great week! I wanted to send along some positive feedback for you! Last year,
we began sending out surveys to our customers after they enjoy their experience
and Vertical Adventures has received great feedback. We've received several
responses and the overall experience rating is 10 out of 10 and the last
customer we sent had the following comment:
"It was a really great time. So
laid back and fun, yet still packed with tons of information and hands on
experience. I really loved it. Theresa and Eric were amazing. I did not really
work with Tony, but he seemed great and knowledgeable too. I am so happy with
Thanks so much for taking great care of our customers - it
shows! In a world where people typically only reply to surveys to complain or
point out the negatives, this is fantastic. Keep up the good work!
Lindsey Weller|Cloud 9 Living
Just wanted to say thanks for a great day. Jason
and I had a fantastic time; your company is very professional and the course
was well done and tons of fun!
What a terrific class! Your instructors were
amazing, cool, fun, and absolutely brimming with experience and knowledge!
Looking very forward to finding time to take the next progression of classes
Thanks a million.
Hi Bob, I just wanted to thank you again for hosting such an
incredible weekend. The training I got from both you and Peter will undoubtedly
enhance my climbing and help me reach my goals. It was truly an experience of a
lifetime and it will be permanently ingrained in my memory. I have gained so
much from each of your classes and I look forward to enjoying more of them in
the near future. You are a fantastic teacher with an incredible wealth of
knowledge and I'm grateful to have your help taking my climbing to new heights.
Thank you for an excellent program. The most
frequent Boy Scout "Rose" was earning the merit badge and the most frequent
"Thorn" was not being able to stay longer. I will recommend Vertical Adventures
to all my Scouter friends.
Cathy Lesnick, Troop 412
Finished the 2 day rock craft class with Erik and
Todd. I had a blast. Both instructors are first rate climbers and first rate
people. Each day was fun, safe, and full of learning- I can't wait to come back
to do more classes with you guys. Please let them know how much I appreciated
all their efforts.
Happy New Year,
Matt Matthew Schultz, MD, FACEP
California Emergency Physicians
Hi Bob, Last year I wrote you about the professionalism of
and high quality experience I had with my private lesson with Tony. Erik is yet
another highly qualified and exceptionally patient instructor and we were
impressed that he oriented the instruction for our canyoneering needs.
are happy to give glowing reports of Vertical Adventures to others who might be
interested in this fun adventure we do.
My wife and I recently climbed with one of
your guides, Chris Baumann, in Joshua Tree (you and I met briefly in the car
park at intersection rock). I just wanted to say thank you for everything. We
had an excellent two days climbing with Chris - he was great. Chris balanced
our two requirements very well and even though I've climbed for many years I
learned some new stuff. I will fully recommend Vertical to all my friends.
Simon (and Liz)
It was great meeting you last weekend at the
Intersection Rock parking lot! I just wanted to let you know how much both
Mariana and I enjoyed the 2-day Rescue class on Saturday and Sunday. Tony Grice
is such a talented instructor and we can't say enough good things about him and
It was very nice meeting you this morning at Joshua
Tree. I had a great experience today in my first-ever rock climbing class with
Todd and Chris. They did an excellent job instructing as well as building
confidence. I've been teaching and coaching my entire adult life and these guys
Just wanted to let you know that we had a blast
today. Tony Grice was awesome. He picked some great routes, is super safe,
taught us a lot and was wonderful with my daughter.
In short, Tony was top
I just wanted to take a minute to let you know
how incredible my experience was this past weekend. I've never done anything
like rock climbing - I mean when people that know me heard I was going to take
a class, their reaction was, "What, and ruin her manicure?!!" Erik is a GREAT
instructor - aside from being highly-skilled he is really personable, extremely
patient and caring. He totally "got" me and what I could do and pushed me just
enough so that I was really happy with what I had accomplished by the end of
the class; that's a good teacher in my book. I also appreciated that you came
to the meeting site both mornings to check in and say hello. Obviously your
students are more than just paying customers and for that reason I will be back
- I see more "vertical adventures" in my future!!
Take good care - Kim
It was nice seeing you again on Saturday. Just
wanted to let you know that Rico and I absolutely LOVED the class this weekend!
Tony Sartin was wonderful, he was able to beautifully balance a mixture of
beginner and intermediate climbers, giving each of us exactly what we needed to
progress in our individual levels. His knowledge of various routes that could
accommodate not only our differing levels but also the temperature and time of
day was invaluable. Before taking the class, I felt like a "general" climber,
but now I feel much more specific and conscious of each move and understand
more clearly which moves work better under which conditions and why (and which
moves I am better at and why).
Rico and I really want to send our praise to
Tony. He made the class the success that it was. He is a phenomenal teacher,
very supportive, patient and clear, and we absolutely loved learning from him.
Thanks for the fantastic instruction and service your school provides and
thanks again for the discount.
We are definitely looking forward to our
next course with Vertical Adventures (and Tony!) when we are ready!!!
love and light,
I took your basic rock climbing class a
couple of weeks ago. We met at the Intersection Rock parking lot on October 11.
Tony Grice was the instructor.
I thoroughly enjoyed the class and was very
impressed with how much climbing we did and how much we learned.
enthusiasm for climbing is contagious!
Thank you Vertical Adventures for a
spectacular climbing trip! Our guide, Chris, made our experience in Joshua
Tree. Not only did he quickly hone in on our climbing ability, (climbing gym,
but little to no outdoor experience) he also encouraged us in a manner that
built on our strengths and he intuitively knew how we needed to be challenged.
It was clear that Chris loves his job. His enthusiasm for the park,
knowledge of the area, 25+ years of climbing experience was infectious and we
were smiling from ear-to-ear all day. His respect for you (Bob) and the other
guides at V.A. was clearly evident and confirmed what we already knew based on
a friend's recommendation, that Vertical Adventures is a great climbing
company. By the end of the day, Chris had become a friend - his kindness,
encouragement, and humor made us feel at ease, and, needless to say, we're
totally hooked on outdoor climbing!
Caroline and Eric
Just wanted to send you a letter letting you
know what an influence you had on myself and the Solana Beach rest of my fellow
mates in the class this past week. The patience you showed in teaching us all
the proper knots and placements for our anchors was phenomenal. You are a truly
gifted climber and I am proud to be able to tell people "Bob Gaines taught me
that". Josh and I have already told a few people that your company is a great
resource to use for a start in rock climbing. Once again thanks a bunch and
keep up the good work.
Sales Manager A16
Thanks again for the wonderful day climbing.
I am always very keen to learn physical skills like climbing (or various other
things like climbing) and I find that it is hard to find people who are really
great teachers. Being a great teacher requires patience, constantly being on
the look-out for teaching opportunities, tenacity/persistence, an ability to
break complex ideas down into multiple smaller concepts, being personable (and
helping to maintain a positive environment) an ability to push and encourage
(in the right balance to empower).... you embodied all of these traits and I am
very grateful for your time!
and Bob - Thanks for helping to communicate
what I wanted for the day and convincing me that a group class was not the way
to go. It was certainly the right decision.
Best, Maï Yasué,
Quest University Canada
My daughter Dana and I had a great class last
Sunday at Idyllwild with your instructor Erik. I learned a great deal in one
day. I've now taken two classes and had three of your instructors. All have
been top notch and very professional. Well done.
Bob, Just a note to say how pleased and impressed I was this
last weekend with both your company and our Guide Tony Sartin.
I'm not sure
what I expected, but what we (my son Jesse and I) experienced was beyond my
usually high expectations. The small class size ( only three of us) and the
super patient and knowledgeable Tony got me hooked again on the sport we have
put on the back burner for such a long time.
Thank you, and we will see you
again real soon, hopefully for the leading class.
So Cal Ship Services
Hi Bob, What a great day today. My wife and I had a lot of
fun. Challenging. We like that.
Erik was a fantastic instructor. We have a
unique reason for wanting to learn this skill. Once we described our goals to
Erik he completely geared the day towards fulfilling them. Bob I can't tell you
how rare it is, in my experience, for a subject matter authority to put aside
his own ego and direct the instruction to the customer's specific wants.
Normally the "expert" wants to dictate the content without regard to the
specific needs of the client. Because, well, he's the expert.
there are absolute requirements that must be learned and Erik covered them
thoroughly as well.
Thanks so much,
For all the right reasons I suspect that this email
is a repeat for you, but... I wanted to say thank you again for the
incomparable time this Wednesday out in JT. Your instruction came through
precise, informed and professional. I enjoyed our conversations, and while
climbing really dug when you knew when to toss up a little beta- and when to
let me or my dad just enjoy working it out on our own. You really fleshed out
the whole experience as I got some perspective not just of the rock but the
plants and the wildlife surrounding us. I felt your love of the place
reflected. Now i love it there too.
I realized after, you were patiently
generous with your time. I forgot we started at 8. (and then ended at 5!)
Thanks again. I always say there's 1000 days in your life that define it.
Wednesday was one of the 1000 for me. hell- it was one of the 100.
I wanted to send a note to say how much my
family enjoyed our day of rock climbing with Erik on December 30.
a fantastic instructor for the three of us. His technical expertise was
impressive, but he was also patient, calm, safety conscious, enthusiastic,
possessed of a remarkable humility and respect for the environment, and was
just a great person to have spent the day without among the rocks. We all came
away saying it had been a fantastic day, and are thinking of coming back
another time for more climbing together as a family. If so, we will be sure to
contact Vertical Adventures, and will hope to climb with Erik again.
Thank you for letting me attend your 4-day
Rockcraft and 3-day Leading & Rescue classes. Tony Grice and Erik
Kramer-Webb did an excellent job dealing with students of widely varying
experience (I was at the bottom of that category). I could not have asked for
better instruction. Your guides are not only amazing climbers, they are also
gifted teachers. We'll have to do it again sometime.
Just got back from Idyllwild and wanted to let
you know what a great time I had. I can't say enough good things about Erik. He
was terrific: patient, full of climbing expertise and knowledge of the area,
just an all-around great guy to hang with.
I'll definitely be back for
We just took the anchor class with Tony Grice
last weekend and thought we should take a minute to let you know what a
wonderful experience it was. Tony is not only incredibly knowledgable, but also
made it a very fun experience. He tailored the class to everyone's needs and we
both felt that we learned a tremendous amount. We appreciated his focus on
safety and outdoor stewardship. He truly exceeded our expectations!
looking forward to taking more classes with your school in the future.
Mariana and Chris
Dear Bob, Thanks very much for arranging our outing. Nick
and I had a great time, did a bunch of top ropes and even a two pitch ascent.
Erik was a wonderful guide, very knowledgable and professional, and a great
companion and a fount of information about climbing, the locale, and the
outdoors in general.
It was a fabulous first outing for my son's first
experience with outdoor climbing, and my first time back in harness in years.
Thanks to you and your guide Erik for providing a truly special and memorable
day for us. We would definitely love to use your guide service again, and will
be contacting you again when we are in the area next year. I hope then to get
my wife and youngest son to come along so they can share in the beauty and
thrill of climbing!
I attended the 4 day rockcraft seminar on May 1st
through May 4th and just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience that
you and Erik provided my Son and I. I can't express to you enough how pleased I
was with Erik and what an excellent instructor he is. In your guides resume
section of your web site you describe Erik as someone who has a "clear and
patient teaching style". The 4 days that I spent with Erik I found that to be
precisely his style. Erik shared his knowledge and skill of climbing in a way
that was easy for any novice to understand. His outdoor ethics showed his
concern for the environment. He explained to us often how fragile the desert is
and showed ways to lessen our impact on it. Erik educated me so that I would
have the confidence and skills that I need to safely climb to the limits of my
It was nice to meet you on Saturday. I want to
let you know what a great time we had rock climbing and what a great instructor
Tony Sartin was. He was professional, easy-going, flexible, and patient. He was
very thorough in his instructions, and always put safety as his highest
concern. I have already told some of my friends about the experience and I will
highly recommend it! Again, thanks for a great experience!
Another great climb with Erik. Thank you for
providing such a good service - all the information you provided was excellent.
I love the Idyllwild Inn and the routes you described made it easier for Erik
to narrow down what my day would be. Being someone who loves to climb wherever
I can I have had my fair share of bad guides. I shared some of the stories with
Erik. It is really nice to know that I can count on Vertical Adventures!
Thanks again, Mollie
I just wanted to write a quick note thanking you
and Erik for such a great time. Daynee and I had a great time climbing with
Erik, and I learned quite a lot in a short time. As this was Daynee's first
time climbing outdoors I really appreciate Erik's personality, demeanor, and
instruction as Daynee walked away having had lots of fun - which means more
climbing fun for me in the future.
I wanted to send you a quick follow up email
after my weekend in Tahquitz with Tony Grice guiding.
Tony was absolutely
amazing!! He was thoughtful, earnest, a wealth of knowledge, and I couldn't
have been more thrilled to have him take me up some of the amazing routes in
Tahquitz and Suicide Rock. He led interesting classic routes that I would have
never been able to do with my friends and we even made it up Dave's Deviation,
where we linked up with Piton Pooper. He was also super thorough in teaching
knots, setting anchors, and proper belay station prep etc... You have an
amazing guide on your team and I am looking forward to booking another weekend
when he is free in July/Aug.
I will be in touch soon for sure!
Just a quick note to tell you what a great time my
son Cole and I had with our 1/2 day session with Erik. I've been on a lot of
outdoor trips, and I've seen a lot of guides in action. Erik was just first
rate, in every way. Patient, focused, helpful and effective in his instruction,
etc. We had a terrific time, and I can't think of how we could have had a
better day of climbing.
My daughter (Lexi) and I went
climbing with Erik Kramer. Erik was an outstanding guide and teacher. He was
careful and thorough. We felt very safe with him and he was an excellent
teacher. He assessed our skill level and pushed us just hard enough for it to
be exciting and rewarding. I hope we have another chance to come out and take
your leader class with him.
We had a great day with Tony Sartin while we
were at Joshua Tree! He is a perfect climbing guide--patient, encouraging,
instructive, and a lot of fun to be with. We look forward to another
opportunity to come back to Joshua Tree, and will certainly call you when we
do. He was especially inspiring to our 11 year old son!
Thank you and best
I just wanted to email you and let you know how
much Jewels and I enjoyed the class last Sunday at Joshua Tree. We learned a
lot and had a fantastic time with our guide, Erik. He's a great climbing
instructor! I'm definitely looking forward to taking more classes from you
We all had a great time, and it was an excellent
learning experience. Without exception, the four girls are convinced they will
be climbing the rest of their lives! Tony did a fine job--relaxed, patient and
confident. A good choice for us! Thanks very much, Bob. It was good to see you
again, and we look forward to more adventures!
I just wanted to send you a little note about
our Anchor Class with Tony this past Christmas. I have taken numerous classes
and courses with different rock climbing instructors. Tony was by far the best!
He is a bomber instructor. He was patient, had an encyclopedic knowledge of the
subject, and was just a great guy to be around. He schooled us well enough that
we were comfortable setting our own anchors after the class both in J-Tree and
Zion. Also, thanks for the list of gear for our starter rack. Our total
experience with Vertical Adventures was outstanding, you guys are the gold
Thank you for setting both me and my daughter up
with Erik last Friday for a day of guided climbing on Suicide.
He was great
- in his manner, experience, training, and teaching style - as I am sure you
know. After not climbing for twenty+ years, I got up a short 5.10 section by
the end of the day, so I was completely psyched. And my daughter, an absolute
novice, wants to come back for more. Best possible result!
I wanted to share my extreme gratitude and
thanks to Vertical Adventures for what was the highlight of my first, but
hopefully not last, trip to California and Joshua Tree.
My guide for the
day, Tuesday May 3, was Erik Kramer-Webb. As my guide he exceeded my
expectations in his professionalism, attention to safety and knowledge of
climbing. As I had not climbed for approximately ten years Erik's patience and
understanding in helping me to realize my goals for the day were very much
I will look forward to another opportunity to climb at Joshua
Tree and will definitely use Vertical Adventures as my source for guide
services while in California.
Carl Hymander Ottawa ,
Bob, we had all kinds of fun!! Erik was a great guide -
taught us so many techniques and skills and with a great, gentle but
encouraging style. Interesting to talk to as well. We both learned so much and
had a ball. The high point of our trip so far.
Dominique and Ferrin
I just wanted to let you know how fantastic our day
with Tony was. It couldn't have gone better-my sister totally got why I love
climbing-not normally an adventuresome type she was very proud to post her
pictures on facebook and wants to bring her three sons over to climb with her
at Christmas. Thanks for responding to us so quickly!! It was wonderful-Tony is
a great teacher-very encouraging and patient.
Vivian and I wanted to let you know how happy we
were with our day out with Erik. He was very personable, professional, and
knowledgeable. We learned some new skills and it was helpful to practice and
reinforce the skills we already had. Most importantly, we had fun and finished
the day very excited to keep on climbing. We would definitely consider hiring
Like the previous two years climbing with Erik was
again a great experience. I just can't say enough about him.
I just finished the Learning to Lead class
taught by Tony Grice this past weekend (10/1-10/2). It was a GREAT class!
Though I might have wanted to do another mock lead or two (don't we all just
really want to climb!), the information and feedback I got on gear placement,
belay transitions, various belays, etc. was just what I needed. Tony was a
conscientious instructor who really knew his stuff and who made sure we got it
too. Thanks for a great guide and a great weekend!
PhD Assoc. Prof. of NT and Bib. Ex.
Talbot School of
Theology, Biola University
I just wanted to take the time to write to you to
tell you that we had an amazing climb on Friday. Erik was the best guide we
could ask for. Even though we have previous climbing experience, he made sure
go through every aspect with us and taught us a few things along the way! We
really enjoyed having him as our guide and would sign up again to climb with
him if we're ever out that way again.
Thanks to you and your service!
Joe and Collette Ringus
Thanks for setting this class up! Tony did an
excellent job! We all learned a lot, and really enjoyed having him as our
Go confidently in the direction of
your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. --Thoreau
I took the anchoring class last weekend and I
wanted to let you know how awesome it was! Erik is a fantastic instructor -
patient, knowledgeable, and thorough. I felt totally safe with him and learned
a lot, and he made the weekend a lot of fun. I'd recommend this class to
anyone, and I'm planning on coming back in the Spring for the Seconding class
Erik mentioned you are developing (great idea!), or a private day with Erik if
that isn't offered yet. Thanks for a weekend that really rocked :)
I wanted to thank you for the terrific rock
climbing experience I had yesterday with my boys and our guide, Tony. Tony's
combination of expert knowledge, teaching ability and sense of humor made the
day a memorable one! I look forward to another class in the future.
We had another great day with your company. Thank
you. Erik was super and the day was gorgeous. We were lucky to be out on that
I want more!
I have been meaning to e-mail. I had a spectacular
time climbing with Tony Grice at Joshua Tree the Saturday before the super
bowl. He picked 3 really nice multi-pitch routes at the Lost Horse wall and
besides the excellent climbing I solidified some techniques and learned how to
manage a multi-pitch climb from the followers perspective. I am thoroughly
impressed with your guide service and will recommend you to other people
looking for service and you are at the top of my list for guide services in
This was a great course, and Erik was a wonderful
instructor. I could not have asked for a better experience. I am already
recommending the course to friends.
Yesterday was such an amazing day. Perfect
weather in the most gorgeous surroundings. Tony was terrific. He showed me a
couple of challenging climbs that were just so exhilarating to get through. I
really wish I could come out more often. Thanks as always for providing such
great guides every time I the climbing bug hits me.
I'm amazed as always (this was my 4th 2 day class
w/ you guys- unfortunately separated by many years of not climbing)-your guides
are always the best of the best not just at climbing but at teaching and
generally at being fun to learn climbing from
Erik is awesome- please
tell him both heather and i thought so-really a superb teacher and cool guy.
Thanks again, talk to you soon
Also, I'd like to second Jonathan's comments about what a
great instructor Erik is. He made the class truly enjoyable, and was funny,
patient and really cared about teaching the techniques thoroughly and well. We
also enjoyed his mini-lessons on ecology and protecting the environment. Only,
tell him not to be so humble! We wanted to hear more about his adventures in
We hope to see you before too terribly long for Anchors!
I just want to say thanks for an awesome two day
learning experience. You showed all the qualities a good guide should have -
knowledge, professionalism and patience. But perhaps, most importantly you
appeared excited and psyched about what you were doing - even if that was just
teaching basic top-rope anchoring. Of particular note, I recall you and another
student talking about the passion some other guide showed when instructing
beginners and you remarked, "Oh see, he still loves it, man." I remembered
thinking that the exact same could be said of you.
So anyways, thanks again
Tony (and to Bob) for the good times.
I wanted tell you what a great course Erik put
together. The climbs were very challenging (for me) and really focused the need
for proper crack climbing skills. Erik was very patient with me and spent the
time necessary for that ah ha! moment to occur. I went climbing this weekend
with my boys and was able to more easily get up a climb I really struggled with
at the beginning of the class. Your school, together with Erik's patience and
experience has allowed me to climb a lot harder than I thought I could.
I want to let you know what a fantastic job
Erik and Tony did this weekend with our class. They are truly outstanding
instructors-knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I learned a lot and felt
that the climbs were just challenging enough to build confidence without being
completely overwhelming. We're looking forward to the next class!
for a wonderful weekend!
I had a great time over the weekend, Erik is a
very capable instructor. I've taught snowboarding for many years, and know how
difficult it is to balance everyone's skill level and ensure that each get
something out of it, and I thought he did very well with it.
I am absolutely thrilled I decided to take the
leading class. All of the questions I had were displayed perfectly by Tony
Grice. He was precise, extremely knowledgeable and personable. We had an
excellent time and I will definitely speak only great things of your service.
It's Annette Olson. I want to thank you for
arranging the Monday climbing with Erik. The boys and I had a great time and
Erik was absolutely great with the boys. Please extend my heartfelt thanks to
I just had to write a note to you to let you
know how pleased we were with our climbing experience on January 10th. Tony was
a fantastic guide who had so much patience with our kids. They really enjoyed
their climbs, especially their climb into the Eye of the Cyclops!! It was a
highlight of their trip for sure. Rock climbing will be a family activity we
will try again in the future. We will be recommending Vertical Adventures to
any of our friends who visit your area!
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
I just wanted to say thanks for setting up our
Saturday guide service with Erik. It couldn't have gone better. My partner and
I are both instructors and we truly appreciate good instructors. Dee is a
Master SCUBA Instructor, and I teach in my industry and previously taught
Speech Communication for several years at various California Universities.
Erik was a joy! Very professional. Very friendly. We learned a lot. We felt
very safe on our climb, and most of all, we had FUN.
We will both consider
hiring Erik the next time we do this. Probably soon. Please thank Eric for us,
and know that you have a good man there.
All the best!
Wanted to let you know that Tony did a great job.
He was both professional, but easy going and fun. As a former guide, I pay
attention to the little things....his willingness to take pictures, his
encouragement and positive attitude served me well. Thanks for the opportunity
to help me reach my goal of fifty classic climbs on my fiftieth.
I wanted to make sure to thank you for the
fantastic four day rock-craft course I just finished, 8/7-8/10. It has been a
while since I climbed and taking this course has made a huge difference in my
confidence to be able to safely climb with my two boys, Dusty & Colt, who
took the two day basic & intermediate climbing course. I have never had the
experience of climbing with a guide, but now I know why people do. Erik was
very caring, patient, and extremely knowledgeable. I explained to him what I
thought my weak points were and he addressed them in a way that was easy to
understand and retain. My boys think he's the best thing to come along since
sticky rubber. They both learned a lot & were very excited to see the
results of what they learned. I think part of raising healthy well adjusted
kids is to instill great memories that they can carry with them through the
rest of their lives. Memories that when looked back upon, give strength,
courage, and confidence. The time they spent with Erik will surely be one of
those memories they will look back on time and time again. I look forward to
future courses and private guiding.
Jerry, Dusty, &
Thanks for the list. My last day with Tony was
incredible. It was 2pm before either of us even thought about lunch and even
then, carried on. He's a wonderful teacher. Words cannot express the quality of
my experience with all three of you.
Many thanks for everything.
I would like to tell you what a fantastic time
I had last weekend. My Rockcraft class was taught by Erik Kramer-Webb and Tony
Grice, and they did a great job explaining climbing techniques and safety
guidelines. I never felt in danger, and they were constantly emphasizing safety
checks before climbing. Being on top of the rock is like nothing I've felt
before, and I look forward to finding a good pair of climbing shoes and getting
back out there soon. Thanks a bunch!
I had an outstanding time climbing with Tony
today. He picked a selection of routes that were excellent climbs and also
helped expand my climbing ability. I have been very impressed with the service
offered by yourself and your guides both times I have climbed with you.
I can't tell you what a great time I had this
weekend rock climbing with Erik! He was so professional, always putting safety
first, very knowledgeable and just plain great to be around! You have a great
guy working for you! Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime - one I'll never
My son had an 8 hour guided tour with your
company on March 27, 2013. His guide was Tony Grice. I have to say that this
was the highlight of my trip to Palm Springs. My husband and I were so
impressed with the level of teaching, safety and sheer exposure that our son
Jack had. Jack absolutely loved it. If we are ever in the area again, I know we
will be coming back!
Samantha and I just got back from our trip to
California. We wanted to let you know that we had a great time climbing with
Erik. We have had other rock climbing guides but Erik was definitely the best
we have ever had. He spent a lot of time teaching us and listening to what we
said we wanted to learn. Erik is also very safety conscious, we felt very safe
climbing with him. Please let him know that we had a fantastic day climbing and
that the routes he chose and the day he planned for us were perfect.
Chad & Samantha
Good morning. I just completed your 2-day
Rockcraft class with Erik and wanted to express my appreciation for the
professionalism and expert knowledge displayed by your guide. Erik took the
time to carefully explain and insure understanding in both basic and
intermediate climbing techniques and movements. He placed safety first and
never pushed anyone beyond their comfortable limits. He created a fun and safe
environment and was willing to explain or clarify any questions we may have
had, on any subject. This was one of the best teacher/student instruction I
have received in any given subject. I thank you for the opportunity. I had a
great time and look forward to taking additional courses with Vertical
Adventures in the future.
Thanks again for the help,
Excerpts from some letters we've
"Thank you very much for a marvelous day - superb
instruction, reasonable challenges, and good company."
- Deirdre Porter,
San Francisco, CA
"We wanted to thank you for being responsible for one of the
most exciting and fun weekends that we've ever had. We really look forward to
climbing with you again."
- Rafael Wonderman, Irvine, CA
"Thanks for your expert instruction and guidance. You helped
me make my dream a reality. Had a great time!"
- Mal Harwood, Sierra Madre,
CA (After his successful ascent of Switzerland's Matterhorn)
"Your expert guidance has helped me to achieve some personal
bests - with success & pride. Thanks for your patience, support, and good
- Debbie Jiamian, Los Angeles, CA
"I can't speak highly enough of your expertise,
professionalism, and patience. I will always recommend Vertical Adventures to
anyone who is interested in intense short courses in rock climbing in beautiful
- Janet Heineck, Seattle, WA
"My compliments to you on running a first class organization
- excellent instruction, superb attention to safety, exposure to a wide range
of situations, and very personable staff. Most of all I thank you for making
climbing fun for me - you made a convert."
-Janet Tansley, Vancouver,
"Climbing has been great for my son Tony. I've seen his
self-confidence grow as he accomplishes what at first appears to be an
impossible goal. Thanks for the "uplifting" and safe experience you provided
-Kristyne Segneri, Bloominton, IL