GSG Ambassadors

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

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 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

Mount Emerson // South East Face

Getting a client to the top of their first alpine route is always an incredibly satisfying moment. The progression people are capable of in such a short amount of time these days is impressive to say the least. We always make sure to assess our clients physical and mental capacities before putting them on an alpine objective but sometimes it's a no-brainer as was the case with Jake last week during his first alpine ascent of Mount Emerson's South East Face. GSG Guide Joshua Reinig had the pleasure of guiding Jake up this moderate alpine route in the Eastern Sierra just outside of Bishop and what an incredible day they both had. Technical climbing right off the deck followed by a long scree chute and rib hoping, ending with a knife edge traverse, we'd say Jake got the full value experience his first day in the alpine! Thanks to Jake for giving us the chance to guide him in our favorite arena and to GSG Guide Josh for facilitating the day. 

Mount Emerson Eastern Sierra Rock Climbing
Mount Emerson Eastern Sierra Rock Climbing
Mount Emerson Eastern Sierra Rock Climbing South East Face Waterfall Route

Jonathan Wachtel Joins GSG Ambassador Family

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!

Jonathan Wachtel Half Dome Rock Climbing Yosemite, CA
Jonathan Wachtel Ice Climbing

GSG Welcomes Joshua Reinig to the Guide and Ambassador Family

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. 

Josh Reinig Eastern Sierra Alpine Climbing

#FBF GSG Guide Kelvin Nguyen & GSG Ambassador Orion Feist

A couple noteworthy #FBF's here... First off for Kelvin Nguyen and partner Yvonne for the send of the Red Dihedral on the Incredible Hulk (5.10, IV, 1500'). Well done sir! And next up is GSG Ambassador Orion Feist and partner Adam for their send of the Harding Route on Keeler Needle this past weekend (5.10+, V, 2000'), great send guys! 

FBF Sends, Incredible Hulk Red Dihedral and Harding Route Keeler Needle