joshfunnyhelmetJosh Richards

Number of years climbing: 7

Favorite style of climbing:

cracks, chimneys, slabs, and alpine.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI), WMI Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AIARE Level 1 in Avalanche Safety, PSIA Level 1 Telemark Ski Instructor

Number of years guiding: 4
Locations guided: Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Open Space, Cheyenne Canon, Ute Valley, Eleven Mile, Pikes Peak, Shelf Road, Boulder Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Broughton Bluff, Carver Bridge, O-Zone, Horsethief Butte, Beacon Rock, and Smith Rocks

Area of expertise:anchor building, rappelling, climbing technique, crack climbing, team building

What you LOVE about guiding:

Growing up in Colorado with the Pikes Peak granite batholith as my backdrop, I was always on the rocks. Not only steep granite canyons and alpine routes, but also limestone ridges and sandstone spires scattered across the Front Range got me hooked on climbing. Those rocks were my playground and they inspired me to climb the world, and I haven’t looked down. I started climbing outside, and made mistakes, that’s why I guide today, to educate and mentor safe climbing habits to new and old climbers.


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Number of years climbing: 8

Favorite style of climbing: Big Wall

Certifications: TBD, AMGA SPI Course Completed

Number of years guiding: 4
Area of expertise: Locally: Carver, Broughton Bluff, Beacon Rock, Ozone, French’s Dome, Smith

Technically: Trad, Sport, Anchors, Route Finding, Cleaning… A lot of multi-pitch stuff that is probably best not mentioned. 

What you LOVE about guiding: Showing people what they are capable of.


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Number of years climbing: 14

Favorite style of climbing: Remote Area Multi-Pitch

Certifications: WFR, SPA, IRATA, AIARE Level II, LNT

Number of years guiding: 2
Area of expertise: All of them. Trad, sport, bouldering, you name it, I do it.

What you LOVE about guiding: Travelling over the world.  I have guided in Spain, Wales and Oregon.  I love taking people outside and helping them appreciate the wilderness.


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Sean Harris

(Photo: Sean on Murray Lunge at Hueco Tanks – in a banana costume.)

Number of years climbing: I started climbing when I lived in southern Arizona back in 2002.
Favorite style of climbing: While climbing long moderate traditional pitches still appeals to me, I mainly stick to sport climbing and bouldering.
AMGA certification level: AMGA SPI
Number of years guiding: I received my first guiding certification in 2005 through the AMGA.
Locations guided: I guided clients around the Catalinas and Cochise Stronghold before moving to Portland in 2012. Since being in the Northwest I’ve enjoyed the lush landscapes and temperate climate that makes climbing in and around Portland enjoyable nearly year round.
What you LOVE about guiding: It’s always a thrill to see someone fall in love with climbing, whether its indoors or out, which is why I started guiding in the first place!

Erik Allsopp (photo coming soon)

Number of years climbing: 12, off and on

Favorite style of climbing: Overhung Sport, Hand jams big enough for my hands

Certifications: AMGA SPI Course, AIARE, WFR, LNT

Number of years guiding: 2
Area of expertise: That mental game. Technique, footwork, heel hooking, anchor building and cleaning, sand-bagging. 

What you LOVE about guiding: Getting people to find their comfort zone and go beyond it.


“Had my first outdoor rock climbing experience with the Gym to Crag class. Had an amazing experience, improved my confidence during the 4 hour class and 4 different routes. Can’t wait to go again outdoors and continuing my rock climbing journey!! -Osvaldo D. 

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