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Member Since: Dec 1, 2001
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Contact Bob Gaines

Point Rank: # 168
Total Points: 3,515

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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Approach Trails = 4
Page Improvements = 3

Where has Bob Gaines been climbing?

Favorite Climbs: My favorite thing is to find new areas and new routes.
Other Interests: Besides climbing, my other passion is fly fishing. When it comes to fishing, I've been pretty lucky- I currently hold 11 IGFA (International Game Fish Association) World Records for fly fishing!
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Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR climbs none specified
More information:
I'm the owner and manager of Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School, based at Joshua Tree National Park, which I founded in 1983.

My guidebook Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park features 252 of Joshua Tree's best and most popular routes, available at Nomad Ventures climbing shop in the town of Joshua Tree, or you can download a kindle version from

My Best Climbs Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks guidebook is available at Nomad Ventures climbing shop in Idyllwild, or you can download the kindle version at

I'm also the author of several instructional textbooks, including: Toproping, Rappelling, and coauthor of Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual, which is the textbook for the American Mountain Guides Association single pitch instructor program.

I collaborated with John Long on several books: How To Rock Climb (photography), Climbing Anchors, and the Climbing Anchors Field Guide.

My latest book Advanced Rock Climbing: Mastering Sport and Trad Climbing is scheduled to be published in May 2018, and includes an excellent chapter on crack climbing technique written by Peter Croft.

Photo Albums by Bob Gaines    
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Gaines

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Rock Climbing Photo: chinook salmon

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Warthog variation 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Look Ma, No Bolts 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Hollywood Boulevard 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Good Friday 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rodeo Drive 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Bob Gaines on the first ascent of Turn The Page (5.10b), October 1993. Photo by Mike Borrelo.  chinook salmon  Sockeye  The Mayor of JTree- Todd Gordon  Steve leading Sockeye 
Runaway 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Days of Thunder 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Physical Graffiti 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Silver Spur 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Solid Gold 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Blade Runner 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Suggests: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
White Mamba 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Suggests: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Kalishnakov Kulture 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Eureka! 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Repo Man (aka Power Fingers) 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R  Suggests: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a R

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