Featured Joshua Tree Guides:

The Joshua Tree Guides Difference:
- We are experienced professionals!

- We want to climb with you!
- We value client relationships!

- We are caring & fun!
- We are PCGI certified guides!

Rick B. Picar III, M.S. - Director of Joshua Tree Guides:


Rick 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.

Alan "Al Dude" Swanson - Senior Guide:

Al 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 widely recognized and unparalleled. Al is a local Joshua Tree climber and guide who has been climbing for over 30 years and has guided 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 history for you to soak up!


Other Joshua Tree Guides:
Zeke Federman - Founder of Joshua Tree Guides - Zeke's Bio via Sierra Rock Climbing School
Felipe Guarderas - PCGI Certified Multi Pitch Guide
Ben Shackelford - PCGI Certified Single Pitch Guide

All of our guides are trained by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) 

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