Flagstaff Climbing Guides has been operating under special use permits in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests since 1996. Our guides have worked and climbed all over North America gaining experience in a variety of rock types and terrains. Their experience and enthusiasm for teaching rock climbing is always present while guiding and teaching. All our guides are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association.
Flagstaff Climbing Guides and its employees have been featured in or written about in articles for many publications, worked with numerous television production companies and either trained or been consultants to Universities, Outdoor Programs, Organizations and Military Groups.
John started climbing in 1990, learning the ropes on routes in the Shawangunks of New York. He moved to flagstaff in June of 1995 to re-enroll in school somewhere that offered great year round rock climbing. A few months later he began working at Flagstaff Climbing Center. He obtained a B.S. in Biology/ Secondary Education from NAU in 1999. John is a certified Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Program Director for the AMGA. John’s favorite climbs are remote, adventurous and shared with a good friend. When John isn’t busy running working, he can be found sharing his serious addiction for adventure with his wife and two daughters.
Jeff began his climbing addiction in 2005 through a university course. His lifestyle quickly changed to allow him to climb full time. Jeff started out mostly bouldering but has progressed to a focus on long, difficult multi-pitch trad routes. He is truly a ‘jack of all trades’ being extremely well versed in all avenues of climbing. Jeff splits his time at work as the Youth Program Coordinator for Flagstaff Climbing Center and guiding or teaching people of all ages outside. When Jeff isn’t working, you will find him climbing, walking highlines or exploring wild places with his dog Chaco.
Rachel began climbing in 2003 in her home state of New Mexico. Almost immediately after she started working as a climbing instructor and outdoor educator which has characterized her path ever since. After some big mountaineering adventures she found her way to Arizona to study at Prescott College. It was there that she fell in love with the desert, canyons and trad climbing…though she still longs to be play in the snow and high altitude worlds. She graduated in 2010 with one major in Secondary Education and the other in Peace Studies. She got her SPI certification in 2013 and works as a guide and instructor for Flagstaff Climbing and a variety of other organizations in the southwest. When Rachel isn’t teaching you can find her practicing yoga, playing music, advocating for local social and environmental justice issues and generally spending as much time in nature as possible.
Laura fell in love with climbing in 2005 at a gym in Pontiac, Michigan. Since then, she has immersed herself in all areas of the sport, from competition and steep sport climbing to technical trad and ice routes. She loves to work with climbers of all ability levels to develop movement and technical skills that will help them reach their goals and explore beautiful places. When she is not cliff side, Laura enjoys trail running, yoga, reading and playing the violin. Laura has a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Management from Northern Michigan University. She is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder and Rescue 3 International Rope Technician.