Ladies Weekend Out // Spring 2019

Well another amazing weekend of climbing with a great group of Ladies went down for our Ladies Weekend Out, 2019 Spring event in San Diego! It was our largest group of Ladies to date for an LWO event at 15! Throughout the weekend all participants were taught the necessary skills on how to climb outdoors on their own including anchor building, rappelling, and gear placements, and of course, lots of climbing ensued! Saturday night found us at Saint Archer Brewery where the Ladies indulged in some tasty, local craft beer, delicious dessert provide by Riot Cake Co. and they finished off with a good ol’ fashioned brewery tour! Big thanks to all the Ladies that came out for the weekend, it was a pleasure having you all attend our event! Also, big shout out to our GSG Guides, Lauren Breitenbach, Sarah Barille and Tyler Dandurand for facilitating, photographers Jameson Schultz and Albert Cheng for capturing the moments, as well as to our partners, Tera Kaia (formerly Aret), prAna, Outdoor Research, Shelta Hats, Saint Archer Brewery, Riot Cake Co., American Alpine Club and Allied Climbers of San Diego, we couldn't do it without the support of all these amazing guides and companies! Stay tuned for some exciting information regarding our next Ladies Weekend Out, landing in a different state this summer, 2019! Click the button below to view our full Gallery from our Ladies Weekend Out, Spring 2019 event!

Ladies Weekend Out Rock Climbing Event San Diego
Ladies Weekend Out Rock Climbing Mission Gorge San Diego
Ladies Weekend Out Rock Climbing Mission Gorge

Mount Woodson Cleanup

Attention all climbers! The annual Mount Woodson Cleanup is happening Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30 am - 11:30 am! Come out and join Allied Climbers of San Diego, the American Alpine Clubs San Diego Chapter, REI and us for a day of stewardship, socializing, coffee sipping and doughnut devouring! Click the button below to learn more. See you on the hill!

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Red Rock Roundup // April 12th - 14th

Golden State Guiding is excited to announce the first annual Red Rock Roundup event, this spring 2019, in beautiful Red Rock Canyon!

Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of climbing in beautiful Red Rock Canyon, conveniently located just 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Red Rock plays host to some of the worlds best sandstone sport climbing crags, big wall routes and bouldering in the Western United States. Whether you’re new to climbing, an avid sport or trad climber or simply looking to get out for a weekend and meet fun, likeminded people, then this event is for you!

Throughout the weekend you’ll have the pleasure of climbing world class sandstone in a beautiful landscape, the option to choose either our sport climbing or multi pitch climbing package for the weekend, and you’ll get to enjoy two nights under the stars in Red Rock Campground just 10 minutes from many of the popular climbing destinations. Spots are limited so sign up today! Click here fore more info and to register.

Red Rock Climbing Las Vegas Nevada

Ladies Weekend Out // Spring 2019

An ALL Ladies weekend of climbing is returning to San Diego this Spring!

Golden State Guiding has partnered up with Aret Basewear and Saint Archer Brewery once again for an all ladies weekend of climbing March 30th & 31st! Twelve lucky ladies will have the opportunity to climb some of San Diego's most popular rock climbing crags with our AMGA certified guides. Both days will be packed with fun climbing for all abilities, technical clinics introducing you to outdoor climbing, and good vibes!

Our inaugural Ladies Weekend Out last Spring was a huge success! The smaller group size sets the stage for a more intimate weekend where participants really get to know one-another and receive more personalized instruction. Click here to view a video from our last LWO event and here to view a photo gallery! We hope to see you out there, it's going to be another great weekend!

Jordan Cannon // Yosemite Slideshow

Stacked house last night at  @verticalhold for the Yosemite Slideshow presented by none other than  @arcteryx athlete and Golden State Guiding Ambassador and Guide  @cannonjtc! The climbing community came together for great stories, big wall talk and some insight into the last few years Jordan has spent in Yosemite Valley. Big thanks to everyone who came out to the event and supported not only Jordan, but the organizations we were raising funds for through our raffle,  @joshuatreefriends  and  @yosemiteconservancy! Lastly, we need to thank the people and companies that made this all possible, @verticalhold@maximropes@scarpana@saintarcherbrew@officialacsd@sandiegochapter_aac@metoliusclimbing,  @frictionlabs, and  @yeti thank you for your continued support of our events and to  @gregasaurus_flex for MC’ing the event and  @samuelcrossley and  @eliza_earle for the great photos! Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next slideshow!

Jordan Cannon Slideshow
Jordan Cannon & Randy Leavitt

Jordan Cannon Slideshow // Climbing in Yosemite

Golden State Guiding is pleased to announce we’ll be hosting a slideshow for GSG Ambassador and Guide Jordan Cannon on January 30th at Vertical Hold Climbing Gym in San Diego. Come listen to Jordan talk about his last 2 seasons in Yosemite Valley, enjoy some tasty beverages from Saint Archer Brewery and enter our raffle for your chance to win some great climbing gear from our sponsors! Everyone who RSVP’s receives 1 free raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased and 100% of the proceeds will go to Yosemite Conservancy and Friends of Joshua Tree which are organizations Golden State Guiding supports through being a member of 1% for the Planet. Hope to see you there!

Jordan Cannon Yosemite Slideshow

Wilderness Medicine Courses // 2019 Schedule

Golden State Guiding is pleased to announce we will be hosting 4 Remote Wilderness Medicine Courses in 2019 with our partner and provider MED Alliance and Vertical Hold Climbing Gym. If you are an avid backcountry traveler or simply enjoy getting out every weekend to hike some of your favorite local trails, then a wilderness medicine course is for you! Being trained and capable to stabilize a patient and facilitate an emergency rescue/ evacuation when you are within an hour or more from definitive help is a key skill every outdoor enthusiast should possess. Educate yourself, get the training, and be prepared. 2019 course dates are below. Looking forward to a year of education in Remote Wilderness Medicine!

Wilderness First Responder Courses

BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER'S // Event #2 Joshua Tree National Park

Well that officially wraps up our 2nd annual BBQ’s x BELAY’s BEER’s events in Joshua Tree, NP! We had another stellar weekend of climbing and great weather, awesome participants and an all around good time! We can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to both weekends and hanging with us in one of our favorite places to guide! Big thanks to all of our guides, ambassadors and friends who came out to hang and facilitate these awesome weekends.  @gregasaurus_flex @senseisplitter @kelvin_artdoors @tytytheclimbingguy @meganfromthemountains  @siwamoto @sarah___bee  @verticalnomad @orionisasian  @shane.mclimbing @kormungus  @kylie_clarke  @jamieson_bern @kylieann_photography  @albscheng @chrisjamesgeorge  @cannonjtc  @ben__rad, you all rock! Thanks for everything you do! Lastly, these events wouldn’t be possible without our partners  @traegergrills@traegeroutdoors  @yeti  @saintarcherbrew @verticalhold  @sheltahats  @bettawear @outdoorresearch @sandiegochapter_aac @americanalpine  @gsioutdoors, your support of these events is always greatly appreciated! Looking forward to our next BBQ’s x BELAY’s x BEER’s events in 2019!!!

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing
BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing
Golden State Guiding Guides Joshua Tree National Park

BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER'S // Event #1 Joshua Tree National Park

Well we just wrapped up our first of 2 events for this years BBQ”s x BELAY’s x BEER’s in Joshua Tree National Park and what a great weekend it was! Over 20 participants came out to enjoy this special National Park with us last weekend and the event did not disappoint! Two days of stellar rock climbing in Joshua Tree, 2 nights of camping, some tasty food from Traeger Grills, Saint Archer Brewery, and Yeti Coolers, a rope coiling contest and plenty of awesome memories to last a lifetime! Big thanks to everyone who came out to our first weekend of BBQ”s x BELAY’s x BEER’s! We have one more event coming up December 14th - 16th so stay tuned for more highlights from the next weekend out!

BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park
BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing
BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park
BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing
BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park Rappelling
BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park

3rd Annual American Alpine Club Holiday Party

Mark it on your calendar San Diego climbers! The American Alpine Clubs San Diego Chapter is throwing their 3rd annual Holiday party on Thursday, November 29th from 6-9 pm at Helix Brewing. Presentations will be given by local climbers David Rozul and Amy Amodio, tasty food will be available, a raffle will go down and good beer will be drank! Come support the local AAC chapter and have a good time while doing it! Hope to see everyone out there!

American Alpine Club Holiday Party

Wilderness First Responder Course with MED Alliance

After 14 consecutive days, 72+ hours, and 2 final exams we’re pleased to announce that everyone who attended our first Working Professionals Wilderness First Responder Course, facilitated by our partner @themedalliance passed! Big congratulations to all of the participants for sticking it out over the duration of the course and gaining certification. Your commitment to furthering your education in wilderness medicine to help others in distress is commendable. Also, huge thanks to MED Alliance for providing the curriculum and awesome instructor, Jake Ward and to our other partner @verticalhold for letting us use their facility, you all rock! If you missed out this time don’t sweat it! We plan to host multiple WFR and WFA courses throughout 2019 so stay tuned and keep up to date by following our social media outlets or by signing up for our eNewsletter.

Wilderness First Responder Course Golden State
Wilderness First Responder Course Golden State
Wilderness First Responder Course Golden State
Wilderness First Responder Course Golden State

AMGA Annual Meeting // Salt Lake City

Another annual AMGA meeting comes to an end. Big thanks to the @amga1979 for providing an amazing few days at the Petzl Institute in Salt Lake City and an even bigger thanks to all the Instructors and Guides that facilitated the clinics and classroom meetings, it’s greatly appreciated. Looking forward to another great meeting next year.

Howie Schwartz Alpine Transitions Clinic
Cravasse Rescue Clinic
Pat Ormond Rock Rescue Drill

GSG Guide Kelvin Nguyen Successful Summits // Ama Dablam x Island Peak

We couldn’t be more stoked for this guy right here! GSG Guide @kelvin_artdoors successfully lead a team up the stunning peaks of Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,349’) and Island Peak (6,189 m/ 20,305’) located in the Himalaya/ Eastern Nepal this October. Both mountains reside outside of the town Pangboche, the gateway to Everest. Kelvin’s success was a culmination of years of dedication and hard work put into various mountain ranges all over the world. We can’t think of a more humble and deserving guy to congratulate. Waita get after your dreams and send it Kelvin!

Himalaya Climbing Eastern Nepal Ama Dablam
Himalaya Climbing Eastern Nepal Ama Dablam
Ama Dablam Pangboche Nepal
Himalaya Climbing Eastern Nepal Ama Dablam

Ladies Weekend Out Event // Joshua Tree National Park

What an incredible weekend out with all the Ladies who attended our Ladies Weekend Out, Fall 2018 event this past weekend in Joshua Tree National Park! Stoke levels were through the roof and it showed in all the Ladies climbing! First climbs outdoors, camaraderie, crack climbing, new friendships forged, demos, it all went down! We can’t thank everyone enough for coming out for the weekend. It was truly inspiring to see the Ladies sending so hard, well done!

HUGE thanks to our partners of the LWO event, Saint Archer, Aret Basewear, Yeti, Outdoor Research, American Alpine Club - San Diego Chapter, Vertical Hold and Shelta Hats, we couldn’t do it without your support.

Lastly, we always need to pay our finest respects to the GSG Guides and Ambassadors that facilitate these amazing outings for us. Lauren Breitenbach, Greg Davis, Tyler Dandurand, Sarah Barille and Scott Iwamoto, all of you are truly talented in the field, we can’t thank you enough for your continued efforts! And last but not least, we can’t forget our incredibly gifted GSG Ambassador and photographer Jameson Schultz for shooting the entire event, thanks for everything you do Jamo! Check out his link above for some amazing photos!

To see a full gallery shot by Jameson click here, you’ll be happy you did!

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing
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Joshua Tree Rock Climbing
Joshua Tree Camping

Toop 625 // Joshua Tree National Park

Awesome being back in the park and facilitating a full value day for Boy Scout Troop 625! Lots of instruction, plenty of climbing and as always, a fun rappel to top the day off with! Thanks for having us Troop 625 and big thanks to GSG Guide Greg Davis and Apprentice Guide Ash Gambhir for facilitating, couldn’t do it without you guys!.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing
Joshua Tree Rock Climbing
Joshua Tree Rappelling

1% for the Planet x Golden State Guiding

Golden State Guiding is proud to announce we’re an official member of 1% for the Planet.

Supporting our community of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts has always been at the forefront of our service but equally important is our responsibility as a business to protect the natural places we recreate in for future generations.

Our commitment to preserving the environment begins in the field and with 1% for the Planet. We couldn’t be more thrilled to share this exciting news with our community and begin supporting the organizations we believe make a difference.

1% for the Planet member Golden State Guiding

Photo: @Jameson.Schultz

2nd Annual BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's // Registration Open

Registration is officially open for our 2nd Annual BBQ’s x BELAY’s x BEER’s events in Joshua Tree, NP! Come climb with our professionally trained AMGA guides as we take you out to some of our favorite crags in Joshua Tree! Cost is $225 and includes 2 days of guided climbing, 2 nights camping, and dinner and refreshments Saturday evening. Click here to learn more about the event and register. Hope to see you out there!

BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing Event

GSG Ambassador Meetup // Eastern Sierra & Yosemite

Staying connected to the people that represent our company is important to us. Whether Guides or Ambassadors, we are all connected by this simple activity that brings us joy, rock climbing. We decided to head out into the alpine this past weekend with a few of our Ambassadors to tick a couple classic routes in the Sierra. GSG Ambassadors Shane McNichol, Kory McAfee and Founder of GSG Ryan Hartegan hit the road late Friday evening for a quick strike mission up the beautiful North Arete of Crystal Crag and one of the most breathtaking lines in all of Yosemite, the Regular Route on Cathedral Peak. These images basically sum up the weekend, stellar climbing, great companionship, and one of the most stunning sunsets any of them had ever witnessed as they descended Cathedral Peak. Weekends like this remind us of how incredibly fortunate we are for the friendships we’ve forged over the years, the natural landscapes we have the privilege of exploring and this beautiful planet we get to call home.

Cathedral Peak Yosemite National Park
Crystal Crag North Arete Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag North Arete Mammoth Lakes Basin
Cathedral Peak Yosemite National Park

Golden State Guiding // Tech Video Shoot

We've officially begun shooting our first series of Tech Videos at Golden State Guiding! The video series will reinforce our commitment to furthering education for our climbing community by focusing on simple techniques, best practices and some obscure systems you may not find on other online tutorials. Our official launch is aimed at the end of the 2018 or beginning of 2019, keep a lookout!

Golden State Guiding Tech Video Shoot

GSG Welcomes Ash Gambhir to the Ambassador Family

Golden State Guiding's Ambassador Family just grew again! We're pleased to announce our latest addition to the GSG Ambassador Family, Ash Gambhir (@verticalnomad). Ash joins the program with a heart full of adventure and an impressive list of achievements, especially in the alpine. Recently awarded the Live Your Dream Grant by the American Alpine Club in 2018, Ash has been at it non-stop ticking some classic alpine lines. From the striking ice climb, Liberty Ridge on Mount Rainier, to the beautiful line, Fishhook Arete on Mount Russell, to a very recent ascent of Thunerbolt peak in the Palisades, Ash has spent more time at elevation than many people we know! Ash is also working as an Apprentice Guide with Golden State Guiding and is currently pursuing certification through the AMGA as a Single Pitch Instructor and plans to enroll in the AMGA Alpine Skills Course this fall. Along with his thirst for adventure Ash also enjoys giving back to his community by being an active member of the American Alpine Club's San Diego Chapter. We're incredibly excited to have Ash join the GSG Ambassador Family, be on the lookout for more trip reports from Ash which you can follow by checking out his blog Vertical Nomads at

Ash Gambhir Golden State Guiding Ambassador
Ash Gambhir Golden State Guiding Ambassador Liberty Ridge Mount Rainier
Ash Gambhir Thunderbolt Peak Palisades Eastern Sierra