Eastern Sierra is Home

Our amazing team has climbed and travelled all over the world, but love being in the Eastern Sierra.  We enjoy nothing more than introducing a new generation of climbers and hikers to this wonderful place and teaching our students how to climb safely and recreate responsibly.

Our team

Meet our team of amazing guides.

Amy Jo Ness

Founder & Guide

Amy is the founder of Whitney Base Camp & Climbing School. She has been dubbed by John Long as “the high priestess of the High Sierra” and strives to live up to the title. Living in the area for more than a decade, Amy has spent thousands of hours exploring all the hidden gems the area has to offer.


Miranda Oakley

Assistant Guide

Miranda grew up in Maryland and has been passionate about rock climbing since she started in the climbing gym as a teenager. Less than a week after graduating in 2006 with degree in International Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, she packed up the little gear she owned and made her way out west to work and live in Yosemite National Park.

More About Amy

With over twelve years’ experience climbing and mountaineering, Amy has climbed some of the biggest rock walls in the world, including El Capitan and all three towers of Torres Del Paine. Her passion is for exposing others to the wonders of the Sierra, and especially loves teaching the complex systems we use to climb. Climbing both rock and snow, establishing first ascents on large rock walls, backpacking, and trail running are part of her everyday life. She has training from AIARE, the American Mountain Guide Association, and is a Wilderness First Responder. Amy also does media rigging, stunt doubling and scouting for projects such as, Django Unchained, Running Wild with Bear Grills, Netflix, Epic TV, and GRIPPED: the movie.

More About Miranda

Throughout her time in Yosemite and other world-renowned climbing destinations, she has grown to become an expert in traditional free climbing and an elite technical big wall climber. Miranda has climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan over 20 times. In 2014, she climbed the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome and The Nose of El Capitan in less than 24 hours. In 2016, she became the first woman to rope solo the Nose in less than 24 hours. She has done first ascents in Patagonia, the High Sierra of California and the Coastal Range of British Columbia in Canada. She loves pushing the limits of traditional free climbing, onsighting up to 5.13 on gear.

Miranda is a certified Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association and Wilderness First Responder and is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English. Outside of climbing, her passions include writing, traveling and sharing climbing with others.









    Upcoming Trips
    Onion Valley
    Next Trips: FEB 27 Onion Valley, Independence CA Trip Details:Want to learn to travel in the snow and ice? Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, or about to enter the world of snowy hiking for the first time, knowledge of your equipment is a must. This is the perfect introduction to using an ice axe, walking in crampons, and the different styles of self-arrest.
    1 Day/6 Hours
    Next Trip: MARCH 13TH Alabama Hills & OCT 16TH Alabama Hills Trip Details: This class will teach you the skills required to get out and climb! Tying a figure 8 knot, belaying with precision, getting comfortable with the gear, and basic climbing movement will be covered in our highly efficient beginner course. Get in touch to get into the next available group class or book your own group to have the individual attention you need.
    1 Day
    6 with adult+
    Next Trip: MAY 14-16TH Alabama Hills & OCT 1-3RD Alabama Hills Trip Details: This amazing weekend will combine the art of yoga with rock climbing-such perfectly matched activities for strength, balance, flexibility, and mindfulness. This 2 day/2 night weekend includes two morning yoga sessions, two days of guided climbing instruction, two nights of camping under the stars, and all equipment.
    2 Days

    More About Natalie

    Natalie spent 5 years managing UC Santa Barbara’s outdoor program and ropes courses, feeding her passion for outdoor education. She has worked for that National Park Service as a Park Ranger, and as part of Yosemite Search and Rescue. Chasing adventure, Natalie began an obsession with working and exploring in Antarctica. At one point she spent over 14 months straight on the frozen continent and experienced winter in the coldest place on earth! She has been a part of the US Antarctic Search and Rescue, and Auxiliary medical team along with her work as mountaineer and in field camps.

    In essence, Natalie has worked some of the most wild and remote jobs imaginable in the pursuit of outdoor exploration both for herself and others. Helping others reach their goals, grow in confidence and develop a love for the outdoor is one of Natalie’s specialties. It’s also the most rewarding part of her work.
    When not teaching or guiding you can find her somewhere high up on a rock or deep in the mountains she loves.

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