Chockstone Climbing Guides offers personal, professional and customized rock climbing instruction and guiding services for all ages and abilities at Smith Rock State Park. Our seasoned Smith Rock guides provide exceptional service for their clients. Choose a climbing guide and get started today.
Chockstone Climbing Guides offers specialized climbing services at Smith Rock State Park and beyond. Jim and Anne Ablao opened Chockstone Climbing Guides in 2004 with a few committed climbing guides interested in forming a guide service that is committed to the standards of American Mountain Guide Association. We are an AMGA accredited guide service, assuring our clients receive the highest professional standards in our industry. In 2009 Chockstone and First Ascent Climbing Services merged into one company. Both company names are familiar at Smith Rock State Park, as First Ascent Climbing Services has been guiding since 1997 at Smith Rock and earlier at Joshua Tree National Park.
Jim Ablao has been guiding throughout the western US since 1989 and a climbing guide at Smith Rock State Park since 1999. Over the years he has earned certification as an AMGA Rock Instructor and Rock Guide, he is also our AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification Program provider an AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Program Provider. He began climbing twenty-five years ago and still exudes a refreshing enthusiasm and passion for climbing, teaching and adventure. He climbs rock, ice and summits throughout the mountains and deserts of the US. His climbing has also taken him to summits and cliffs of Argentina, Chile, S Korea, Mexico and Canada.
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