About Chockstone Climbing Guides
What sets us apart from other Smith Rock climbing guide services?
AMGA Accredited Service Since 1999
Personalized, Professional Instruction and Guiding
Our Commitment to Service and Stewardship
AMGA Accredited since 1999
Hire a local professional climbing guide
Commitment to Service
We are committed to the preservation and service to our environment, community and Smith Rock State Park.
- Contribute to on-going efforts in anchor and bolt replacement and new route development.
- We participate in annual organized trail restoration and maintenance projects.
- 10 yrs as “Adopt a State Park” volunteers; handling recycling all glass from Smith Rock State Park that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.
Chockstone Climbing Guide History
First Ascent and Chockstone Climbing Guides officially merged together in 2005, when Jim purchased First Ascent Climbing Services. Carol Simpson, First Ascent’s founder and the first woman owned and operated guide service in the Pacific Northwest, was happy to pass on her company to someone she knew would carry on the quality programs that had been in place. Chockstone Climbing Guides has continued to offer the women’s climbing clinics offered by female guides that Simpson pioneered.
Jim also began offering professional development AMGA SPI courses and exams that train and certify Single Pitch Instructors for many climbing programs throughout the Northwest US. As a person of color, Jim is involved in the BIPOC American Mountain Guide Association courses.
Our Smith Rock Climbing Camps have been running for over 20 years; bringing talented committed young climbers from all over the country, these advanced level camps focus on bridging strong indoor skills to developing experience and skills for independent climbing at the crag. We expanded our camp offerings to adults in 2013. The Smith Rock Climbing Camps are one of the only overnight camps of its kind in the US.
“Our guide Patrick was incredible and made the experience unforgettable. We will definitely use them again when we go!”
Excellent guides for all levels
“I recommend Chockstone Climbing without hesitation for all levels. I have used Chockstone Climbing for all three, and the experience has always been consistently great!”
Such a fabulous experience
“Jim and Sean were excellent, friendly, safe and knowledgeable guides who accommodated our group that varied in age from 8-51. Highly recommend them!”
Such a fabulAn AMAZING experience with Chockstone! Wish I could give them 50 stars!ous experience
“We booked a trip for 12 of various beginner levels and had an awesome day. They also offer advicon how to get up the rock and cheer us on when we needed it.”
“Our guide was friendly, focused, knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and generally delivered just what we were looking for. I would definitely hire him again if I was looking to do some guided climbs in the park.”
A Memorable Experience
“Jim was extremely professional, easy to get along with, a great teacher, and most of all, he was very patient with both of us and our inexperience.”
“I came from a background of only gym climbing and the guides were AMAZING!!! The amount of knowledge and expertise they bring to the table is incredible.”
Multi Pitch Climbing
“A friend and I hired Chockstone for a custom 2-day trad and multi-pitch skills course. Our guide Jim did an amazing job with it – he really made an effort to understand what we were looking to get out of the course and come up with a plan to provide it.”
“The guides are excellent and have lived and climbed at Smith Rock for over a decade each. They were also excellent teachers and provided great instruction and encouragement to push the climbers.”
“Jim and Gabe are extremely skilled climbers and guides, you won’t find better guides around. They are fantastic cooks and their stoke for being out climbing made for a great atmosphere.”
Best Trip of our Life
“Thank you both for all that you did to make our time in Oregon so wonderful. Hoping we will make it back to Bend sometime in the near future. If we do, a guided climb with Chockstone will be a must!”