Smith Rock Climbing School guide John MacKinnon

John MacKinnon

John is an AMGA certified Rock and Ski Guide based in Leadville, CO. He migrates to Oregon in the summertime to guide at Smith Rock State Park, Mt. Hood and many of the other peaks and crags in the Northwest. He has been guiding for Timberline Mountain Guides and Smith Rock Climbing School since 2008. John spends the remainder of his year in Colorado where he guides rock climbing, backcountry skiing, teaches AIARE avalanche safety courses and works as an Outdoor Studies instructor at Colorado Mountain College. John also travels to Central Oregon each winter for a few weeks to teach and guide for Oregon Ski Guides. When he’s not guiding, John enjoys rock climbing in the desert, trail running, reading, and exploring the Colorado high country with his wife and their impulsive blue heeler.