Have Positive and Intimate Experiences with Nature

In addition to being safe and fun, our climbing experiences are educational! We work with corporations, schools, and individuals who are seeking adventure.

Vertical Voyages believes it is important for individuals to have positive and intimate experiences with nature in order to cultivate a desire for protecting and conserving our environment. We are dedicated to not only providing a safe and memorable experience for our participants but also to protecting and limiting our impact on the environment.

By participating in Vertical Voyages’ programs, individuals will be challenged physically, stimulated mentally, and most importantly, more connected with nature.


Here are just a few of the skills that we teach!

Traditional Tree Climbing Techniques
Placing Traditional Protection
Outdoor Climbing Technique
Belay/Top Rope Anchoring Skills
Multi-pitch Skills
Basic Aid Climbing
Adventure Training
Risk Assessment
Mental Fitness
Jon Richard

Jon Richard

Senior Guide and Founder

Jon launched Vertical Voyages in June of 2009. His passion is to equip climbers of all levels with the skills they need to manage risk and achieve their climbing aspirations. Jon has taught clinics for the American Alpine Club’s Craggin’ Classics. He is also a Warrior’s Way Trainer – a mental fitness program that helps climbers address the psychological stress inherent in climbing. Over the past 25 years, he has climbed 1000s of routes throughout the world including in New Zealand, the French Alps, Yosemite, and Rocky Mountain National Park. He is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor Provider. The AMGA is an organization that sets standards for US climbing professionals and is the only internationally recognized climbing credentialing organization in the US. Jon is also a Global Organization of Tree Climbers Instructor and Wilderness First Responder.

Jim Gender  AMGA Certified SPI
Tom Treiman – AMGA Certified SPI
James Killion – ISA Certified Arborist
James Anderson – Tree and Rock Climbing Assistant
AJ Garmes – Tree Climbing Instructor/Rock Climbing Assistant
Shawn McDaniel – Tree and Rock Climbing Assistant
Holly Eisenbraun – Tree and Rock Climbing Assistant
Dan Provosnik – AMGA Certified SPI
Lindsey Buening – Rock Climbing Assistant
Sophie Binder  Tree and Rock Climbing Assistant
Tyler Kelso – Tree and Rock Climbing Assistant
Erica Doerr – Tree and Rock Climbing Assistant
Carol Fittell – Guest Rock Climbing Instructor