Chockstone Climbing Guides | The Company

AMGA Certified Local Guides Since 1999

Chockstone Climbing Guides takes pride in the quality of service that our certified guides provide. Our AMGA Accreditation helps assure our clients receive the highest professional standards in our industry.

Jim and Anne Ablao started Chockstone Climbing Guides with a few committed climbing guides interested in forming a guide service committed to the standards of American Mountain Guide Association and offering programs to fit the evolving needs of climbers of all levels and best utilizing Smith Rock State Park, one of our country’s premier climbing venues. In 2009 Chockstone Climbing Guides purchased First Ascent Climbing Services, a company that Jim had managed for years. Carol Simpson, First Ascent’s founder was happy to pass on her company to someone she knew would carry on the quality program that had been in place. Both company names are familiar at Smith Rock State Park, as First Ascent Climbing Services has been at Smith Rock since 1996 at Smith Rock and earlier at Joshua Tree National Park since 1993. Many of our guides have history with both companies and worked with First Ascent in it’s earliest days at Smith Rock. Given our history at Smith Rock State Park, our guides are true locals.


AMGA Accreditation

Accreditation lets you know that all of our certified guides, that have finished professional development courses as have passed guide exams.  This means that our certified guides are following best practices in the industry as well as maintaining professional business practices regarding permits, insurance and environmental practices.  Accreditation is relatively new in the rock climbing industry in the United States. The American Mountain Guide Association is the education, certification and standards organization for These days it is relatively easy to have a website and call yourself a guide service. At Chockstone Climbing Guides we believe clients deserve to be guided by a professional that is trained in the current standards of safety in guided climbing. Learn more about AMGA.

Guiding at Smith Rock since 1999

-As locals, our guides know Smith Rock State Park intimately.
-We know the climbs appropriate for your goals and skill level.
-We know where to seek the shade on hotter days and the sun on colder days.
-Chockstone is made up of accomplished climbers, professionals that have taken rock climbing instructor and guide courses and exams.
-All our guides maintain current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certification.
-Hiring a local trained and seasoned professional helps maximize your time on the rock, to get the most out of your day.

Commitment to Service

Leading by example. A commitment to preservation and service to our environment and maintaining anchors and trails of Smith Rock. We support our park managers in educating and sharing with our clients and the public this special place.

-Six years as “Adopt a State Park” volunteers at Smith Rock State Park.
-Weekly transport of all glass for recycling year round for Smith Rock State Park.
-Consistent participation in annual organized trail restoration projects.
-Regular on-going efforts in anchor and bolt replacement as needed.