Bay Area Rock Climbing Guides and Instructors
Meet Outback Adventures climbing guides
Outback Adventures is one of the most qualified professional rock climbing guide services in the Bay Area. Professional rock climbing guiding and instruction is something that we are very passionate about and take very seriously. For this reason we only hire highly qualified rock climbing guides and instructors. The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is the country's most respected and recognized certifying agency and Outback Adventures is proud to have AMGA certified guides on our team. As you will see below, many of our guides hold various certifications, have made great climbing accomplishments, and posses many years of professional and personal climbing experience. Regardless of prior experience, all Outback Adventures guides and instructors must undergo a critical evaluation and training period before they are certified to lead our programs. Outback Adventures believes that sometimes the most experienced individuals are not always the best guides or instructors. For this reason, guides and instructors are selected based on experience, skills, safety awareness, personality, and how well they teach our clients. If you are looking for a professional rock climbing guide service in the Bay Area, we're sure you would agree that you've come to the right place. Please meet our guides...
Nick has been the Guide Service Coordinator and Shop Manager at Outback for the past 2 years. He comes to us most recently from Durango, Colorado where he graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Adventure Education. This training allowed him to develop a proficiency along a wide range of outdoor activities. He has lead climbing, paddling, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and surfing trips in Northern California, the Southwest, the Midwest, Central America, Hawaii, and Colorado. He is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified Single Pitch Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder. He has been climbing for the past 10 years and typically enjoys long, moderate, traditional free climbs. Nick has worked with people of all ages from numerous cultures around the world, and you can tell right from the start he loves being in the outdoors. He has summited over 40 of the peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet, including a few winter ascents and one with nothing but his socks and boots on. He has braved class 5 rapids on the Arkansas River, skied backcountry lines lit only by the full moon, battled grizzlies for his bear canister in British Columbia, led ice climbing routes up to WI4 at the Ouray Ice Park, and surfed double overhead waves in Nicaragua. Also an avid photographer, Nick enjoys taking pictures of his and friend's exploits and has even won some photo contests with his images. Whether he is working on skis at the shop, leading kayaking or climbing trips around the Bay, or chasing the light with his camera in hand, you can rarely catch Nick without a big smile on his face and a story to tell.
Clay serves as Outback Adventures' Chief Guide and Programs Manager, and brings with him a wide range of outdoor educational experiences. For a decade now, Clay has provided top notch instruction and unforgettable experiences to Outback's guests. Equally at home in the mountains or at sea, Clay has taught nearly every class and guided every kind of trip Outback adventures has to offer! Whether he's leading hearty, adventurous souls on backcountry ski trips and mountaineering seminars, or sparking the curiosity and wonder of learning in children at one of our kid's camps, Clay always brings the same level of passion and expertise to his adventures.
Holding a degree in Physical Geography and Cartography from San Francisco State University, Clay has worked as a Mountain Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Program Coordinator for San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, a Teacher for Camp Galileo in Palo Alto, and as a Deck Hand and History Teacher on the historic sailing vessel "Alma", on the San Francisco Bay.
Clay has undergone training as a Wilderness First Responder, and currently holds a Wilderness First Aid certification. He has participated in the American Canoe Association Instructor Development Workshop, Level I Avalanche Awareness and is a certified Leave no Trace Trainer.
An avid backcountry skiier and snowboarder, Clay has summited and descended many notable peaks in the Tahoe Basin, including Mt. Tallac, Pyramid Peak, and Castle Peak, and has also logged turns in the backcountry of Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and the Swiss Alps. Clay's first love, however, is rock climbing, and he has spent seventeen years honing his craft. Traveler's Buttress at Lover's Leap, Higher and Lower Cathedral Spires in Yosemite, and Fairview Dome in Tuolumne Meadows are but a few climbs on his resume. He is also the proud creator of a local bouldering guidebook,"Castle Rock Bouldering", which is actually an app available for iPhone and Android devices from the parent company Rakkup.
Ryan comes to us from the Four Corners area with a solid 18 year resume of rock, ice, big wall, and alpine climbing experience in addition to backcountry skiing, and various watersport experience. He has been been actively teaching in the wilderness for over 16 years and received an AMGA Top Rope Site Manager certification in 2001 while working as a rock and alpine guide with Aspen Adventures in Colorado. Ryan has an impressive list of first ascents and major climbing feats all across North America, but what we really appreciate about Ryan is his diverse teaching experience. Ryan's educational portfolio incudes a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Use of Wilderness from Prescott College and a Masters of Counseling Pychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. What stands out most about the way that Ryan works, is that he is not only focused on the safety of his clients, but also their needs and goals. Ryan states, "It is important to me that when students step into new territory they feel fully supported not only by the climbing equipment, but also emotionally. I want my clients to know that they are not alone in their process of aquiring new skills and that I am right there with them taking their goals seriously. Safety is a complicated thing and it means much more than tying the right knot. I aim to provide all of the essential course skills while doing it in a way that is in alignment with the client's needs to feel safe and secure."
Greg graduated with a degree in Outdoor Education and is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as a Rock Climbing Instructor, a grade III, multi-pitch guide certification. He is certified as Wilderness First Responder and has been certified as a Wilderness EMT in the past. Greg started rock climbing at age 14 in the granite state of New Hampshire and quickly became infatuated with the sport. After high school he moved out west in pursuit of larger rock walls in Colorado and California. He has spent extensive time on climbing road-trips and visiting many of the best climbing areas around the country. Greg enjoys high exposure in general, but long traditional free climbing is his favorite style. Greg has made ascents of Yosemite's largest walls including El Capitan and Half Dome. His free climbing exploits include long traditional routes such as the Rostrum, Cloud Tower, and Astroman, as well as hundreds of others across the country. Greg's AMGA certification is a prestigious certification which means he is certified to guide 2 clients on multi-pitch routes up to 1000 feet in length. Greg has been guiding professionally for 10 years in areas such as Joshua Tree Calilfornia, Red Rocks Nevada, Acadia Maine, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and of course the local crags around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Frank started climbing in 1989 and in a few years began sharing his enthusiasm for the sport with the Boy Scouts, UCSC students, and finally with Outback Adventures. Frank has the honorable distinction of teaching Outback Adventures' very first rock climbing class back in 1999. Frank has climbed rocks throughout most of the Western states, but Frank’s true passion is big wall climbing in Yosemite Valley. Frank has spent more than 40 nights on various big walls in Yosemite, some of which involved spending up to 6 days on El Capitan’s most blank and technical walls. Frank started ice climbing in 1996 and has lead ice climbs as hard as WI5. He is also an accomplished skier having completed multiple Trans-Sierra ski tours. Frank has been a firefighter and EMT since 1995 and has assisted in low and high angle emergency rescues. Frank's humble nature, professionalism, technical knowledge, and extensive medical / rescue training make him an excellent rock climbing guide that we are proud to have on our team.
Jacob has been with Outback Adventures since its inception back in 1999 and was instrumental in the develpoment of Outaback Adventures' rock climbing program. Not only was Jacob Outback Adventures' very first employee, but he was also Outback Adventures' first Guide Service Coordinator for many years. Due to his long tenure, Jacob understands exactly how all rock climbing programs should be conducted. Jacob is an all around outdoor enthusiast and guide, but his passion is climbing. You know he loves every aspect of rock climbing when he tells you that he loves climbing off-widths! Jacob has completed numerous big wall climbs in Yosemite Valley and has climbed North America's tallest mountain, Denali. He's also a kayaking guide, backpacking guide, and an accomplished telemark and backcountry skier. When he's not outdoors, he can be found training for his next big adventure at his local climbing gym.