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). He 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 is the co-author of
Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual, which is the
textbook for the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor program. Bob is the author of
the rock climbing instructional textbooks
Advanced Rock Climbing. He is one of the country's leading
experts on rock climbing anchors, and the co-author of
Climbing Anchors and
Climbing Anchors Field Guide.
Bob's latest rock climbing guidebooks are
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 500 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 to his credit.
Since 1985 Bob has worked extensively training a diverse
group of military special forces, including Marines Special Operations Training
Group Instructors and the elite SEAL Team 6.
Bob has worked as a climbing stunt coordinator or rigging
coordinator on over 40 television commercials. He doubled for Capt. Kirk in
Star Trek V (when Capt. Kirk attempts to free solo El Capitan) 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.
Travel and Leisure magazine, in their "Great Places
to Climb" feature article, rated Bob Gaines as "top guide" for Joshua Tree
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, and a one-day ascent of the Nose Route on El Capitan. 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.
JARAD STILES is a
Lake Tahoe, California native. He is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. 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 limits.
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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