Our Arizona rock climbing guide, Hugo, is the only rock climbing guide on our team who has formal guide training with both the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI)! Hugo is a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the AMGA and a certified Single Pitch Guide with the PCGI. He has also passed the Rescue Assessment and taken the Multi-Pitch Guide Course from the PCGI as well.
Based out of Phoenix, AZ, Hugo's rock climbing guiding area ranges all the way from Joshua Tree National Park to Mount Lemmon near Tucson! One of the kindest people you will ever meet, Hugo is a fabulous addition to the Stone Adventures team! If you get the pleasure of working with Hugo, you won't be disappointed! Check out his website for guided trips in Arizona- http://hugolast.com/.
"Let's go climbing!" Aron is always excited to go rock climbing, no matter where or who with! He has climbed with hundreds of people, of all ages and abilities, all over the world. Fun and safety are his number one priorities, and that's why Aron is a PCGI-certified Multi-Pitch Guide, Single Pitch Guide, and has also passed the Rescue Assessment. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, having passed the 80-hour wilderness emergency medical training course offered by NOLS.
Hugo climbing on pure quartz crystal!
Crystal Crag, 10,364 ft., Mammoth, CA
Aside from teaching people to rock climb, Aron also works as a rigger. He has set up climbing ropes for MTV, Coca-Cola, and TV commercials, zip lines for adventure races, and slacklines for magazines and photo shoots. He has also appeared on TV, and in magazines and catalogues, and has photos and mini-guides published in climbing magazines.
Alex grew up on the East coast, but like so many of us, he felt the calling of the California mountains and rocks! Now a Joshua Tree local, Alex has been a professional climbing guide since 2010. Guiding is his passion and career- he is all in! He now holds a degree in Outdoor Education, and certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and Single Pitch Instructor from the American Mountain Guides Association. His calm and friendly demeanor, combined with his rock climbing skills and safety record, make him an excellent rock climbing guide! We are lucky to have Alex as part of the Stone Adventures team.
Capable of cranking 5.10c on 14,000 ft. peaks, Erin is not your average rock climbing guide- she brings much more to the table! Besides being a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the AMGA, a certified Wilderness First Responder with NOLS, and an all-around great person, she is also a rock climbing coach. She is currently the head coach for a junior rock climbing team who competes at national competitions all around the country. Erin also has years of experience working at indoor rock climbing facilities, making her a really well-rounded climber, coach and guide. At Stone Adventures, we are extremely happy to have her onboard!
Alex in the Sierra Nevadas
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Aron in the Elbsandstein, Germany
Not only is Annie an awesome rock climbing guide with over a decade of rock climbing experience, but she is also a gifted teacher. Many have commented that Annie's smooth and personable teaching style is top-notch! Annie has 12 years of formal teaching experience and a Master's degree from Macquarie University. A Wilderness First Responder from NOLS, Annie is also a certified Top Rope Guide with the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, and has attended the Rescue Course and shadowed the Multi-Pitch Guide Course from PCGI as well. With thousands of rock climbs under her belt on four continents, she has a lot of first-hand experiences to share. She is also a desert plant enthusiast, and will teach you all about the local flora in Joshua Tree National Park on a guided Nature Walk!
Annie on top of the Monkey's Face, Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon
Aron has been rock climbing since 1997 and guiding since 2002. While living on the east coast, he sampled the finest cliffs and crags east of the Mississippi before moving to California to expand his horizons. After visiting most of the famous rock climbing destinations in the west, he and his wife moved to Japan where they discovered and established numerous rock climbing areas. He also takes one or two international rock climbing trips each year to destinations around the world. Now he resides in Yucca Valley, California, only 15 minutes from the Joshua Tree National Park entrance!
Erin working the ropes in Joshua Tree National Park
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