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

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

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.

Aaron

Aaron Jones

Assistant Guide

Aaron has been a guide in Yosemite for many years, taking both beginner climbers on single pitch climbs and helping seasoned climbers reach their goals of climbing big-walls.

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.

https://www.climbing.com/people/miranda-oakley-a-league-of-her-own/

More About Aaron

Climbing since 2001, in Yosemite since 2003. Aaron is an AMGA certified Rock Guide. Accomplishments include 40 ascents of El Capitan and over 70+ big wall ascents. Solo ascents of Nose on El Cap in 20 hours and Zodiac route in under 13 hours. Extensive alpine experience including solo ascents of Torres del Paine in Chile.  While his climbing resume is extensive, his laid-back attitude and joy of fishing, hunting, and just being in the mountains is what keeps him happy in the guiding world, and in life.

Lindsay

Lindsey Fixmer

Guide

Since her initiation into climbing in 1999, Lindsay has travelled to world-class climbing destinations and guides clients of all abilities on rock, ice and alpine climbs. While Lindsay loves rock climbing she excels as a technician on ice.

Andrew

Andrew Soleman

Guide

Originally from the Alabama, Andrew puts the southern charm into mountaineering. After studying at Prescott College, he moved to the Sierra to guide. He now lives in Mammoth Lakes CA where he does whatever is in season: rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, flying, or kayaking.

Natalie

Natalie Brechtel

Assistant Guide

Natalie has been an outdoor professional for over 15 years, and has climbed and explored on all seven continents. Originally a San Diego native, she spent her youth camping and backpacking in the southwest. She currently travels all over the US to guide mountaineer trips, or to teach wilderness medical courses, but calls California home.

More About Lindsey

From the ice meccas such as the Northeast, the San Juan’s in CO, Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, MT; Cody, WY; to the stunning fjords of Iceland she brings her clients to their peak level of performance. Lindsay originally began working in the Sierra in 2006. Now, a decade later, she bases in Bishop near the gorgeous landscape of impeccable granite. When Lindsay isn’t climbing you can catch her playing guitar and singing at local cafes.  Lindsay is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Assistant Alpine Guide, AAIRE Level 2, Certified Wilderness First Responder & a Leave No Trace Trainer.

More About Andrew

Being well-rounded, Andrew also does carpentry work and runs a maple syrup company. He would never tell you himself, but Andrew is a master at everything he does: he climbs as hard as he races down hills on skis, but his humbleness would never reveal it.  Andrew is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and has a Wilderness First Responder.

More About Natalie

She holds her BA from U.C. Santa Barbara, where she did research and education on health, nutrition and movement.  She is certified as an EMT-B and Wilderness First Responder, and holds certifications from the AMGA, AIARE and is a Leave No Trace Trainer.  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.

Trevor

Trevor Anthes

Guide

Trevor is a Sierra Nevada enthusiast and has climbed, hiked and skied here for over half his life. He has a close familiarity that comes from decades of playing, working, and living among these mountains. From alpine rock routes in the Palisades to ice climbs in Tuolumne and Yosemite, you will find him just as comfortable hiking the JMT in summer as doing a tran-sierra on skis.

 

 

TRIP & CLASS OPTIONS

 

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
12+
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: 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 Trevor

Consequently, Trevor is as willing to take a casual ski tour as to engage in a steep descent, or to scramble up an easy ridge as to attempt a technical rock climb, usually with his camera strapped to his chest capturing some future work that you can view at his website.  www.wildincognito.com

The best part of adventuring with Trevor is the constant smile you will see from him.  Whether its rain or snow, hard or tiring, Trevor never ceases to amaze you with a genuine, ear-to-ear smile…taking it all in.

“Trevor Anthes was fantastic, and I could not have asked for a better guide. Of course, it was great to have someone who really knows the route down at the 10 ft scale, as well as at the quarter mile scale.  He also gave me a lot of “room” to walk at my own pace and handle the difficult spots without overdoing the instructions.” Client – Stu Pettygrove

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