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Jan 30, 2013
We are spending a week in Grand Canyon National Park and staying at Mather campground in the middle of March. We want to do some climbing while we are there. We are relativity inexperienced, so we will need a guide or outfitter to take us out. Can you recommend someone to talk to. Thanks for your help.
trey moore
Trey Moore
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Jan 31, 2013
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A great resource is the American mountain guiding association aka the
AMGA. Their website has a list of guides and the areas they operate in, hope this helps.
Hugo Almanza
From Phoenix,AZ
Joined Nov 3, 2011
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Feb 1, 2013
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Contact Mike Knazer - Outdoor Adventures AZ

From Mesa AZ
Joined Jan 31, 2006
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Feb 1, 2013
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I've never known of much canyon climbing at the Grand. Thought it was mostly desert formations like Zoroaster Temple that had any routes to do. Where is there common easy access rock to climb IN or outside near the Grand Canyon? Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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Feb 1, 2013
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There're some sport routes not too far from the start of the Bright Angel trail, for starters.
As to a guide, since you've posted so publicly, you could begin by asking the Park who might be available, and legal, to operate commercially. And if you don't want to do that, then quietly ask around -- shops and regional guide services --- or follow some of the suggestions you'll see here.
Andrew Carson
From Wilson, WY
Joined Jun 19, 2006
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Feb 4, 2013
Hi Trey,

Unfortunately commercially guided rock climbing is not a permitted activity in the Grand Canyon. So please beware of any guide/outfitter claiming to do so. Also many do claim to be certified guides with the American Mountain Guides Association but are in fact not. Check the web at to find a list of truly certified guides in AZ. Click the find a guide tab.

I would recommend climbing with someone in Flagstaff or Prescott area on your way back to Phoenix of this is where you are traveling.

Check out my site or for certified guides in the area.

Safe Climbing!

Ben Traxler
Owner - Southwest Climbing and Adventures
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
From Prescott, AZ
Joined Mar 27, 2006
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