Our Operating Areas

As a small guide service, we are honored and privileged to be able to use the venues below for our guiding and educational operations. We cannot change the past, but we can change the future and it is with this attitude that we offer our services on these lands.

National Forests

Mount Hood National Forest

Located under one hour from Portland, Oregon, the Mount Hood National Forest is a beautiful setting in which to enjoy nature and learn new things. The forest is over one million acres in size and ranges in elevation from just above sea level to just over 11,200' at the summit of Mount Hood.

Our use of the Mount Hood National Forest is centered primarily around Leave No Trace education, backcountry ski guiding, avalanche education, and rock climbing.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Located approximately 90 minutes from Portland, Oregon, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is even larger than the MHNF at just over 1.3 million acres in size. It was one of the first National Forests to be created since the passage of the Forest Reserve Act of 1891.

Our use of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is centered primarily around Leave No Trace education and avalanche education (during good snow years).

State Parks

Oregon State Parks

We conduct 1:1 and 2:1 rock guiding at Smith Rock State Park. We also teach our rock climbing fundamentals program, which is largely ground-based, at a maximum guest-to-guide ratio of 6:1.

Due to the high amount of traffic Smith Rock receives, we prefer areas that are more off the beaten path to provide a better guest experience and reduce conflict with other users.

Washington State Parks

Our use of Washington State Parks land is limited to Beacon Rock State Park, an excellent multi-pitch rock climbing venue located approximately 45 minutes from Portland, OR, at milepost 38 on WA-14.

From a rock climbing perspective, Beacon Rock has it all: short approaches, a variety of aspects to play the sun or shade, an easy walk-off, and short single-pitch sports routes to multi-pitch traditional adventure routes.