Timberline Mountain Guides, Inc. and Smith Rock Climbing School were originally created in 1983 by Mike Volk. He operated the small company out of his house, right across the street from the world famous Smith Rock State Park. In 1989, Bill Soule became partners with Mike and the two ran the company until Roy Holland took the helm in 1992. In 2000, Steve Baldwin and Pete Keane took over for Roy and ran the company together until 2007. In 2008, Steve left to pursue other interests in Bishop, California and currently, Pete Keane runs the company.
At the Smith Rock Climbing School, we believe the strength of our organization lies in the hands of our friendly and talented guides who all share a common passion for climbing and skiing. Our school is an official accredited program of the American Mountain Guides Association.
Smith Rock Climbing School’s guides have received professional training through the American Mountain Guides Association, and all have wilderness-based medical training. To be a professional guide, one must be committed to their own learning process – as well as their clients – through specialized training and personal experience. It is this dedication to professional training and raising the bar for mountain guiding standards in America that sets us apart from other guide services.
The quality of the rock climbing instruction and guiding we offer rests on our top-notch staff. Here is a selection of the guides that work for us: