Golden State Guiding is excited to announce GSG Ambassador & Guide Jordan Cannon will be presenting a slideshow at Vertical Hold Climbing Gym San Diego on July 2nd, 2018 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). Come hear Jordan speak to adventure, traveling, mentor-ship, training, living simply and dreaming BIG! Free admission for the slideshow, $10 discounted day pass for any non Vertical Hold member wanting to climb afterwards with Jordan. All proceeds go to our local climbing organizations American Alpine Club - San Diego Chapter and Allied Climbers of San Diego. Looking forward to a fun evening!
Apparently Liberty Ridge is the go-to route this season for GSG Guides. Apprentice Guide @verticalnomad just topped out Mt. Rainier via the famous Liberty Ridge route last week. This is our second Guide in two weeks to ascend the route. Ash was awarded the American Alpine Clubs “Live Your Dream” grant earlier this year and Liberty Ridge was the coveted route of choice. Congratulations Ash and the rest of your team! Stoked everyone made a safe and successful ascent!
Golden State Guiding is excited to announce our latest addition to the GSG Guide Family, Jesse Ray. Jesse comes to GSG with a wealth of knowledge in multiple disciplines of climbing as well as education. Jesse is a certified AMGA Rock Guide, Single Pitch Instructor and an Apprentice Alpine Guide and is currently holding down the role as Outdoor Leadership Development Coordinator at SFU! Jesse’s passion for education and mentoring is something we look for in all of our Guides which makes him the perfect addition to the GSG Guide Family, and he knows a thing or two about climbing! Please join us in welcoming Jesse Ray to the GSG Guide Family! We’re incredibly excited to have him on board!
Golden State Guiding's Kelvin Nguyen, along with 6 other team members successfully made the summit of Mt. Rainier this week via the Liberty Ridge route. Conditions were as good as they get, reported Kelvin once back to basecamp. Rangers reported this was the first successful ascent of the route all season, great job everyone! Big congratulations to Kelvin sending a long time dream, couldn't be more happy for him. Keep crushing Kelvin!
Golden State Guiding is proud to announce the latest addition to the GSG Ambassador Family, Jonathan Wachtel. Jonathan joins the GSG family with a wealth of knowledge regarding climbing and is highly respected throughout the climbing community. Co-founder of the San Diego Chapter's American Alpine Club, Jonathan has deeply rooted himself within the community helping grow this actively we love so much. Jonathan holds an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification, is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and as of more recent a new dad! Please join us in welcoming Jonathan to the GSG Family!
Well the inaugural Campn' n Crimpn' event in Joshua Tree, National Park is officially over and what an amazing weekend we had! We chased shade all weekend long in the park and were rewarded with some fantastic memories. First outdoor climbs and rappels went down, gear and anchor clinics were facilitated and an overall fun time was had in the park and back at camp! We can't thank the Campn' n Crimpn' participants enough for coming out with us this weekend in Joshua Tree. It was a fantastic weekend and we look forward to the next CnC event in the future! Click here for a photo gallery of the weekend.
Hard to believe today marks the 1 year anniversary of Golden State Guiding! This last year has been a roller-coaster of a good time and we’re just getting started! From our first guided outings at our local crags of Mission Gorge and Mount Woodson, to the inception of our highly successful Gym 2 Crag programs and the partnership we formed with @verticalhold Climbing Gym. We expanded our offerings throughout California to Joshua Tree nearly one year ago and most recently into the lichen streaked granite of the Sierra where most of our hearts reside. Our BBQ’s x BELAY’s x BEER’s events in the winter were beyond a good time and our first of many Ladies Weekend Out events was a huge success! And to top it off apprenticeship programs and scholarship funds were implemented to support up and coming Guides striving to further their careers in this exciting profession. We’d say it’s been a good first year at GSG!
Golden State Guiding is only as good as the Guides we have working in the field and the Ambassadors we have representing our company. We’d like to personally thank each and every one of these individuals for their dedication, loyalty, trust and time they’ve invested into the company and the friendship they’ve provided. You’re time in the field is valued more than you know and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of the GSG family! GSG Guides @gregasaurus_flex, @kelvin_artdoors, @allisonterray, @tytytheclimbingguy, @lolo_bach, @thefnanswer, @senseisplitter, @dbirddy, @amontillado1846 and @cannonjtc, thank you for being the best guides we could possibly ask for. GSG Ambassadors @orionisasian, @shane.mclimbing, @stantonotnats, @kormungus, @siwamotoand @dajagr, thank you for your continued stoke of climbing and support you’ve afforded GSG along the way.
Climb // Educate // Train // Inspire was our mission from the inception of Golden State Guiding and we’ve stayed true to these core values. The core of GSG’s business will always be slated in the mountains but the importance of educating our up and coming community of climbers will always take precedence. The support we’ve extended to the community has transformed into friendships we never thought imaginable. Thanks to all of the clients/ participants/ friends we’ve made this first year. We truly value the time we’ve spent with each and every one of you.
And lastly, where would we be without the support of all of our partners. Vertical Hold Climbing Gym, Shelta Hats, Saint Archer, Evolv, Outdoor Research, prAna, Black Diamond, The American Alpine Club, Traeger Grills, Arcade Belts and Riot Cake Co., thank you for everything you’ve done for all of our events! And a big thanks to photographers and friends Jameson Schultz, Albert Cheng and Chris George for capturing and supporting these events. We look forward to more great times in the future!
Cheers to a prosperous second year in business with everyone and getting into the mountains!
Another round of our Advanced Gym 2 Crag just wrapped in Joshua Tree, NP and what a great day out it was! All our participants built multiple Joshua Tree Anchors then rappelled into our climbs using their own anchors. From there we placed gear on mock leads, explained the fundamentals of gear placements and spoke to scenarios they may encounter when on the wall. All of our participants did a great job, we couldn't more pleased. Looking forward to our next round of the Advanced Gym 2 Crag program coming up in June!
Golden State Guiding is proud to announce that we’ve officially been permitted to guide in the Eastern Sierra beginning June 1st! It’s been a long time coming and we couldn’t be more pleased to offer our clients a wide variety of climbing options throughout the beautiful Inyo National Forest. We’ve hand selected a number of routes and venues to accommodate all levels of climbers. From moderate alpine routes like the North Ridge of Lone Line Peak (pictured), Bear Creek Spire’s North East Ridge and the Swiss Arete on Mt. Sill, to multi-pitch outings at Cardinal Pinnacle and Crystal Crag to numerous single pitch venues throughout the Mammoth Lakes area and beyond, we’ve got you covered for whatever adventure you had in mind this summer!
Well the first ever Ladies Weekend Out event with Golden State Guiding is in the bag and what a success it was! We were blessed with an amazing group of talented women who came to the event ready to climb, learn and have a great time! Education was at the forefront of the weekend and all of our Ladies soaked up the knowledge our certified AMGA guides had to offer. Sport anchors were built, rappelling lessons facilitated, gear placement and anchor demonstrations provided and of course the ever so popular tape gloves were put into action because our Ladies got on some crack! The #Sladies were out in full force this weekend and really took home some great memories! Big thanks to everyone who came out for the first ever Ladies Weekend Out event with Golden State Guiding! It was an amazing event and we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome!
A special thanks goes out to GSG's head Guide for the weekend Lauren Breitenbachfor facilitating an amazing event. Big thanks to GSG Guide Tyler Dandurandfor helping out throughout the weekend and to GSG's newest apprentice/ SPI Aspirant Sarah Barille for keeping the girls safe and running her own lessons with the participants. Also, a large shoutout goes out to Oliver Dela Cruz for filming the entire weekend and to Margaret Chiu, Vertical Hold Instructor, for working with the Ladies on technique and movement both days, we couldn't have done it without any of these talented individuals.
And last but not least, a HUGE thanks to all our partners who supported this event, Aret Basewear, Saint Archer, Riot Cake Co., Vertical Hold Climbing Gym, Evolv, Shelta Hats, American Alpine Club, and prAna. The girls were given their goody bags at our party at Saint Archer Brewery Saturday night and they were beyond stoked to say the least, thanks for your support!
Keep an eye out for the next Ladies Weekend Out event this Fall 2018!
Great weekend up in the mountains during an @aiare_official Level 1 Avalanche course facilitated by @ryanahuetter, @janczyzewski and the @sierramountaincenter. Continued education is something we as guides continuously seek out whether for professional or recreational use. We highly recommend taking the AIARE Level 1 course whether you’re a guide looking to further your career in the alpine or someone who simply loves backcountry travel. The course is incredibly informative and worth every penny. Big thanks to Ryan, Jan, Sierra Mountain Center and AIARE for facilitating a great 3 days. #goldenstateguiding@amga1979
We're ending the season in Joshua Tree the right way with one more weekend long event, Campn' n Crimpn'! Come join Golden State Guiding May 4th - 6th in Joshua Tree National Park for a fun weekend of guided rock climbing in the park and camping at Indian Cove campground! Our BBQ's x BELAY's x BEER's events were such a success in the winter we felt it necessary to host a similar event one more time. Space is limited to 12 participants so register now to reserve your spot!
We just finished up with our first round of the Advanced Gym 2 Crag series for 2018 and we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome! Participants learned to place gear and build advanced anchors in a controlled environment then took their newly acquired skills to the outdoors in Joshua Tree for a fun day of mock leads with gear, anchor building with static lines and of course some fun climbing! Nothings more satisfying then watching our students grow their toolboxes and begin to feel more confident in their abilities. Great job to everyone who participated in the first AG2C course of 2018! Keep up the good work!
Golden State Guiding has teamed up with Aret Basewear and Saint Archer Brewery for another fun weekend of climbing at our local crags! Ladies Weekend Out will be the weekend of April 7th and 8th at our local climbing spots, Mission Gorge and Mt. Woodson. Saturday night we'll have a party at Saint Archer Brewery where we'll be playing climbing movies, enjoying some tasty craft beers and indulging in some tasty deserts from Riot Cake Co.! Click the image below for more info and to register for the event. It's going to be a great time! Additional support comes from San Diego chapter AAC, prAna, Evolv, Vertical Hold, Riot Cake Co. and Shelta Hats.
GSG is proud to announce the latest addition to the Guide and Ambassador family, Joshua Reinig. Josh brings a wealth of experience to GSG team and is currently an AMGA Assistant Rock Guide and holds a Wilderness First Responder. Josh’s passion for climbing extends far beyond his pursuit of guiding and keeps him busy in multiple disciplines of the sport from big wall, mixed and ice, and the rarely frequented First Ascensionist mentality. His pursuit to live a full value lifestyle while being a father and husband to his family is something we admire and is a big part of the reason why we’ve brought Josh into the family. Please join us is welcoming Josh to the Golden State Guiding Family. For more info on Josh check out his Guide and Ambassador page on our website under the GSG Family tab.
The first round of participants of 2018 for the Gym 2 Crag program finished up their course this past weekend at the local crag Mission Gorge. Temps were perfect, stoke was high and everyone left the program feeling confident in their knots and hitches, anchor systems, rappelling practices and overall climbing abilities. BIG thanks to everyone who came out and kicked off the year with us, we couldn't be more pleased with your progress! Special thanks to our partner Vertical Hold Climbing Gym and GSG guides Tyler Dandurand, Lauren Breitenbach and Tim Sweet for making this a success. Looking forward to starting up our Advanced Gym 2 Crag next month! Stay tuned!
Here's a nice #FBF to an ascent of the Mountaineers Route on Mt. Whitney with GSG Ambassador Stan Smith. Perfect conditions on the route and a great way to celebrate his 30th birthday!
Golden State Guiding is proud to announce the latest addition to the GSG Guide Family, Lauren Breitenbach. Lauren's been guiding in the Sierra professionally since 2015 and more recently achieved her SPI certification with the AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) this past fall. Lauren is a Wilderness First Responder, co-founder of Aret Basewear, and a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Click here to check out Lauren's guide page and learn more. Cheers to fun times ahead Lauren!
GSG Ambassador Shane McNichol's been keeping busy with his recent move to Las Vegas. From nearly on-sighting the Original Route on the Rainbow Wall (weather was the only thing holding him and GSG Ambassador Orion Feist from completing the route) to a recent on-sight of Levitation 29, Shane's been taking full advantage of this beautiful vertical landscape in his backyard. Here he is on the send of "Times Up" (12a) in Red Rock, NV.
Is multi pitch rock climbing on the 2018 to do list? Let GSG help! We’re kicking off 2018 in Joshua Tree with multi pitch rock climbing outings facilitated by non other than GSG / @amga1979 Assistant Rock Guide @allisonterray! Come out for a day with us in one of Californias most breathtaking National Parks and learn the ins and outs of multi pitch climbing from an experienced professional. Click the link in our bio for more info.