Meet our team of friendly, talented guides. Everyone on our team holds at minimum Wilderness First Aid and CPR. All of our climbing instructors hold the AMGA's Single Pitch Instructor certification or higher. Whatever adventures we share you can rest assured you are in the hands of a welcoming, professional, and capable team.
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Owner, Instructor, Community Outreach Coordinator
An NC native, Peter has loved climbing since he was 13, when he first climbed on Looking Glass. A software engineer and a father of 2, Peter cut his teeth facilitating climbing for summer camps in the 90's. Seeking to grow his ability to help folks discover themselves through climbing, Peter pursued, and gained, his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certificate in 2019. Peter also is Wilderness First Responder certified.
Hailing from the piedmont of NC, Ethan began exploring his state through climbing in 2017. After some years in the horticulture industry with his degree he committed to the guiding path and, through mentorship from Rick and Peter, earned his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification in 2020. Ethan also holds a Wilderness First Responder certification
An NC native, Josh began guiding in 1997 and, with undergraduate and masters degrees in outdoor education, he has worked from Patagonia to Alaska and everywhere in between. Settling back in NC, Josh now splits his work between rock guiding and cycling coaching. Josh is particularly focused on working with underrepresented youth and helping female and BIPOC become leaders in the outdoors. Josh is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Apprentice Rock Guide, and Apprentice Alpine Guide.
As a Carolina native, Alan spent his earliest memories exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains. After graduating college and taking up rock climbing in his early twenties, he then started traveling far and wide in search of more adventure. Alan decided to pursue guiding as a means to take his passion forward and share the experiences with a broader community. Alan holds certification as an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder.
Hailing from Florida, Jamar began climbing in NC in 2018. He has since climbed throughout the southeast including establishing first ascents in TN. Jamar is also a classically trained and grammy award winning pianist. He currently splits his time between guiding, teaching piano, and performing across the country.
From Ohio, Natalie began climbing in 2007 and her love for climbing has since taken her to over 13 states and 3 different countries. In the fall of 2019 she completed the first Women's AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course. She gained her Single Pitch Instructor certificate in 2020 and is also a Wilderness First Responder. Natalie helps out in the summers as a seasonal instructor and is a science teacher for a local school the rest of the year.
Stuart began climbing at Devil's Lake in WI in 1987. That first summer lead to a life of adventure taking him all over the U.S, the mountains of Canada and South America, and a thru-hike of the A.T. Eventually settling in Asheville, Stuart began one of the first indoor rock gyms and outdoor rock guiding company (which became Pisgah Climbing in 2020). Stuart is an AMGA certified Climbing Wall instructor, CWI provider, and has completed the Alpine Guide Course. Stuart is also WFR certified.