About Us

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 Doskicz General Manager
















John Doskicz

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 Snyder Youth Couch, Instructor, Routesetter

Jeff Snyder

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 Ellis Guide Service and Instruction Director, Youth Coach




Rachel Ellis

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 Sabourin Outdoor Guide Indoor Instructor Routesetter

Laura Sabourin

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 abilities to develop movement and technical skills that will help them reach their goals and explore beautiful places. She teaches a variety of courses at Flagstaff Climbing for youth and adult, including Warrior’s Way mental training clinics, specialized strength and power programs, and personalized technique lessons. Laura coaches the Flagstaff Climbing youth team and runs the Climb Like a Girl program. Laura is a certified Single Pitch Instructor and is currently pursuing full certification as a Rock Guide through the AMGA. She is a certified Rock Warrior’s Way trainer, Wilderness First Responder and Rope Rescue Technician. When she is not guiding or teaching in the gym, Laura can be found training for personal climbing goals and traveling the southwest in search of her next adventure. She also enjoys jamming on her fiddle, long train runs on the peaks and practicing yoga.


Amylee Thornhill

Amylee began rock climbing as a young kid when her mom dragged her and her sister to climbing areas all over Arizona and Montana. After high school Amylee began to coach climbing as a way to give back to the amazing years she spent in gyms surrounded by supportive coaches and peers. In 2002 she decided that guiding climbing outdoors was a life long passion, and has been teaching and guiding ever since. She spent two years mountain and glacier guiding in Alaska,and after having her daughter in 2010, she has pursued her coaching and guiding careers here in Arizona. Her favorite climbs are long multi pitch routes with good friends and when not climbing can be found adventuring in wild places with family. She graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Wilderness Leadership and Conservation Biology and has continued her guiding education through the American Mountain guides association. 

  • American Alpine Club
  • American Mountain Guides Association
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • Climbing Wall association
  • The Access Fund
  • Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
  • United States Forest Service