Rick B. Picar III, M.S. - Director of Joshua Tree Guides:
grew up climbing in southern California and in Joshua tree; now well
into his climbing and guiding career, he is a PCGI Certified Lead
Guide and experienced Yosemite big wall climber. Rick also has a
Master's degree in Counseling. His experience and degree as a counselor is a great
asset for working with clients of various demographics. Rick has been
climbing for over two decades throughout many world class destinations such
as Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Red Rock, Devil's
Tower, El Potrero Chico, Mexico, and Tonsai, Thailand, just to name a
few! His many clients have always appreciated his
professionalism and outgoing demeanor. He is a lot of fun to climb
with and you can be sure that your safety and having fun is
his top priority.
Rick is also a PCGI Approved Mentor for aspiring Certified Top
Rope Guides and serves as the current President of the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) He is also is a Certified Wilderness First Responder.____________________________________________________________________________
Zeke Federman - Founder of Joshua Tree Guides: Click here for Zeke's Bio Courtesy of Sierra Rock Climbing School, Inc!
Alan "Al Dude" Swanson - Senior Guide:
is one of the few people in the world who have pioneered first
ascent rock climbs in Joshua Tree National Park! His Joshua Tree rock climbing knowledge and experience stand
is a local Joshua Tree climber and guide who has been climbing for over 30
years and has
professionally for half that time. Al
also holds a degree in Geology from the University of California. On top of being extremely
accomplished in many capacities, Al is chock full of climbing information for you to soak up.
David Lane - Senior Guide:
has been climbing and guiding in Joshua Tree National
Park for over a decade. Dave is a PCGI Certified Multi-Pitch Guide and
holds a degree in Geography from San Diego State University. He was
also instrumental in the development of the
PCGI Multi-Pitch Guide and Top Rope Guide training and certification
programs. Dave served as the first Technical Director for the Professional
We are extremely proud that Dave is part of the Joshua Tree
Guides team! Dave is also a proud husband and father. Patient and caring, Dave is a great guy to climb with!