Ladies Weekend Out Joshua Tree Recap

And that’s a wrap! What an incredible weekend with another amazing group of Ladies! Thanks to everyone who came out for our LWOJT event! It’s inspiring to see the camaraderie and friendships that develop from these outings! Looking forward to seeing all the Ladies outdoors down the road! Also, big thanks to our GSG guides @lolo_bach @sarah___bee and @tytytheclimbingguy for facilitating another incredible weekend for us! We couldn’t do it without this awesome group of guides we have, you guys rock! And lastly, huge thanks to our partners @aretbasewear@saintarcherbrew @prana@outdoorresearch @lasportivana@verticalhold and @mesarimsd for all of the support time and time again at these events, we really appreciate it! Our next LWO event won’t be until early 2020 so stayed tuned!

Ladies Weekend Out Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Mt. Whitney Climbing Ranch

One of the most iconic and photographed locations in the entire Sierra, the Whitney range. Our friends over at @mt_whitney_climbing_ranch are embarking on something truly special. Spring 2021 marks the opening of the Mt. Whitney Climbing Ranch, a place where climbers and outdoor enthusiasts alike can come and stay while they explore the Range of Light, the Eastern Sierra! To stay up to date with all the happenings and progress give them a follow @my_whitney_climbing_ranch and to be a part of the greater cause go to their Go Fund Me page and donate, any amount helps! gofundme.com/f/mt-whitney-climbing-ranch. Spring 2021 can’t come soon enough! .

Mt. Whitney Climbing Ranch

Red Rock Roundup Fall Registration is Open!

Golden State Guiding is excited to announce registration is officially open for our Fall installment of Red Rock Roundup 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 2 or 3 day sport climbing or multi pitch climbing package, and you’ll get to enjoy 2 or 3 nights under the stars in Red Rock Campground just 10 minutes from many of the popular climbing destinations.

If you’ve ever experienced an event with us you know the good time you’re in for and if you haven’t then now’s your chance to come hang with some of the raddest people in our community! Read below for a full description of the weekend and your climbing options and click here for highlights from our last Red Rock Roundup event this past spring. Hope to see you out there!

Red Rock Roundup

Ladies Weekend Out Joshua Tree Registration is Open!

Golden State Guiding and partners Tera Kaia and Saint Archer Brewery are throwing another awesome Ladies Weekend Out event in Joshua Tree National Park, October 11th - 13th! Fifteen lucky ladies will have the opportunity to climb some of Joshua Tree’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, camaraderie, community and fun for all!

Our Ladies Weekend Out events are quickly becoming the go-to, all female climbing events to attend! 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. The relationships formed from our LWO events is what makes these events so special and such a success! Click the button below to learn more and to register for this event!

Ladies Weekend Out Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Ladies Weekend Out Colorado Recap!

We’re still coming down from an incredible high from this past weekends Ladies Weekend Out Colorado event! 14 Ladies took to the crags of Colorado where they climbed on some of the finest granite the state has to offer, participated in an array of climbing clinics throughout the weekend, and created friendships and memories that will last lifetime! The camaraderie was at an all time high and stoke was through the roof! We can’t thank these amazing Ladies enough for coming out to such an unforgettable weekend, you all truly rock!


BIG thanks to our partner and friends at @coloradomountainschool for accommodating the entire weekend with your awesome Guides @mtnmia, @sarah.b.jamin, @allyfromindy and for putting all the Ladies up in your hostel, it was the perfect touch! Also, big thanks to GSG Guide @lolo_bach for facilitating yet another incredible weekend and to our sponsors and friends at @aretbasewear, @outdoorresearch @saintarcherbrew, @amavaraskincare, @verticalhold, and @aacsandiego we couldn’t do it without your support! Click the button below to view the complete photo gallery of our LWOCO event!

Ladies Weekend Out Colorado Rock Climbing Event

Sierra Single Pitchn' Recap!

Well that's a wrap! Our second annual Sierra Single Pitchn' event in Mammoth Lakes, CA has officially come to an end. Two days of stellar climbing in the Eastern Sierra, perfect temps, and a great group of participants made for a memorable weekend! Our first day was spent out in beautiful Clark Canyon, a volcanic outcropping of rocks a few miles Northeast of Mammoth Lakes and loaded with hundreds of great sport climbing routes. After Clark Canyon the participants took to the 395 and back to Mammoth where they indulged in some tasty beverages at Mammoth Brewery, right in the heart of town, before heading back to camp for the night. Day 2 found everyone at the popular and always fun Horseshoe Slab behind Mammoth Mountain. Snow drifts still crowded the bottom of the climbs but that didn't stop this group from having a blast on their second day out! Big thanks to everyone who came out to our second annual Sierra Single Pitchn' event, it was a real pleasure getting to show you around some of our favorite areas to climb in the Mammoth Lakes area. And a special thanks goes out to GSG Guides Josh Reinig and Greg Davis for facilitating another awesome event, couldn't do it without our GSG Guide Family! Click the button below to view the Sierra Single Pitchn' photo gallery!

Eastern Sierra Rock Climbing

Shasta Rescue

This was the 6th rescue in one week on Mount Shasta and we were right in the thick of it. A very experienced mountaineer took a 300’ foot fall down Avalanche Gulch as we were descending the route after our successful summit. After doing a head to toe examination, taking vitals, cleaning up a few surface level wounds, and checking the victims LOR (level of responsiveness) he was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. If you’re following us on Instagram or any other social media outlets we have there’s a good chance you enjoy recreating in the mountains or in the backcountry in general. We can’t stress enough that being trained in Wilderness Medicine is an invaluable tool to have in your toolbox and certainly helped in this scenario. Both GSG Guide @rhartegan and GSG Ambassador @jameson.schultz had formal training and certification as a Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid, their training certainly helped facilitate a successful rescue on the mountain. Whether you sign up for our extended WFR or WFA programs this coming November with our partner @themedalliance or another organization we strongly suggest doing so. You never know when the training you have will come into play and be needed in the field. Big thanks to the real hero’s, the Shasta Sheriff’s department for executing yet another successful rescue and even more so to Sheriff Mike Berry who you see in the photos. All photos curtesy of GSG Ambassador Jameson Schultz @jameson.schultz .

Mount Shasta Climbing

Shasta Summit!

A little over a week ago we were feasting on chili cheeseburgers, onion rings, fries and cold beers after a successful ascent of Mount Shasta. Such a beautiful mountain with spectacular 360 degree views for as far as the eye can see. Shasta (14,180’), being the second furthest southern volcano in the Cascades is in a league of its own and well worth the 8k in elevation gain to reach the summit. Stay tuned for more news regarding guided trips up this spectacular peak in 2020! For now you’ll have to settle for these inspiring photos GSG Ambassador Jameson Schultz (@jameson.schultz) took duding our recent ascent and scouting mission up Shasta, enjoy!

Ladies Weekend Out Colorado - August 2nd - 4th

Ladies Weekend Out is taking it to a national level and going to beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park!

Golden State Guiding has partnered up with world renowned guide service, Colorado Mountain School and woman’s sports top industry leader and long time parter Tera Kaia for an all ladies weekend of climbing in Colorado, August 2nd - 4th! Fifteen lucky ladies will have the opportunity to climb some of Rocky Mountain National Parks most popular rock climbing crags with our professionally trained AMGA guides and enjoy two nights accommodation in the CMS Adventure Hostel, conveniently located in the middle of Estes Park. Both days will be packed with fun climbing for all abilities, technical clinics introducing you to outdoor climbing, community and camaraderie! We hope to see you out there, it's going to be another great weekend! Click the image below to learn more and to register for this awesome event!

GSG Welcomes Scott Larson to the Ambassador Family!

GSG is excited to announce yet another member to the Ambassador family, Scott Larson (@goldscott)! Scott comes to us with a passion for all things mountain related. From our local range of light, the Sierra Nevada, to the far reaches of Kilimanjaro, to the volcanic snow covered peaks of Mexico up to the Cascades and to the steeps of Alaska, including Denali and multiple peaks along the Kahiltna Glacier. Scott’s climbing resume is rich and filled with adventure as far as the eye can see from solo expeditions to ticking off peaks with fellow GSG Ambassador @verticalnomad! We couldn’t be more excited to announce Scott as the latest member to join the GSG Ambassador Family, welcome to the fam Scott! Click here to view Scott’s GSG profile.

Scott Larson Golden State Guiding Ambassador

GSG Welcomes New Guide - Ben Rademacher

The GSG Guide Family continues to grow! We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our team, Ben Rademacher (@ben__rad). We’ve had the pleasure of watching Ben grow and hone his skills as a professional guide for the last 2 years as he’s gone through extensive training with the @alpineinstitute and the @amga1979. Ben has specifically dedicated himself to alpine programs in the Cascades and will be a key component to our service in the future in the PNW. Ben’s love for the mountains and all around good attitude embraces our core values at Golden State Guiding, we couldn’t be happier to add Ben to the GSG Guide Family. Check out his bio by clicking here. Welcome aboard Ben!

Ben Rademacher Golden State Guiding Guide Cascades Mount Rainier

Sierra Single Pitchn' Event

Golden State Guiding is excited to announce the second annual Sierra Single Pitchn’ event is back this July in the Mammoth Lakes area!

Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of climbing, camping and camaraderie in the beautiful Mammoth Lakes area, conveniently located in the heart of the Sierra and just a short drive from Yosemite National Park!

Throughout the weekend you’ll have the pleasure of climbing at beautiful alpine crags on an array of high quality Sierra granite and volcanic rock, camping under a blanket of fragrant Jeffery Pines in the town of Mammoth, and the opportunity to meet new, likeminded people looking to have a good time! Click here to check out pictures from our inaugural Sierra Single Pitchn’ event last year! We hope to see you out there, it’s going to be another fun event!

Sierra Single Pitchn' Event Mammoth Lakes California

Red Rock Roundup Recap

We officially wrapped up our inaugural event in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Red Rock Roundup, and what an amazing event it was! 20 clients had the opportunity to either take to the canyons for a 2 day adventure on some multi pitch routes or had the luxury of hanging out in the first and third pullout with GSG guides and ambassadors for a sport climbing weekend. Two nights of camping were included where clients got to relive their first day adventures around our group campfire while meting new friends and enjoying good company all around. Big thanks to everyone who came out to attend our first annual Red Rock Roundup and an even bigger thanks to all the guides who helped facilitate the weekend, we couldn’t do it without our awesome team! Click the button below to see all the highlights from the weekend!

Red Rock Climbing
Red Rock Roundup Birdland Climbing
Red Rock Roundup Panty Wall

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!

ACSD Mount Woodson Cleanup 2019.PNG

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