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 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 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."
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