Guides….just a few of many.
Susan Cram – Owner Operator
Susan has been a climber for over 25 years starting her climbing career in Eldorado Canyon in Colorado. Since then she has climbed all over the world including; Africa, Asia, Nepal, Europe, Mexico, Canada and most recently, Croatia. In the United States she has honed her skills in the Tetons, Wind River Range, Pacific Northwest, Yosemite Valley, and Tuolumne, the Sierras, Joshua Tree, Idyllwild, the Shawangunks and many other climbing destinations. She is not only a proficient rock guide but a mountaineer and ice climber.
Susan has worked for Yosemite Search and Rescue and the American Alpine Club. She comes to climbing full time after having a career in corporate America where she acted as Director of Technology for GMAC and Vice President of Consulting for TIE Commerce, an Amsterdam based software company. After a leave of absence to build a school in Nepal she came to Joshua Tree where she took over Uprising Adventure Guides, Inc and now guides full time.
Susan is an AMGA Certified Top Rope Site Manager and has completed the Rock Instructor Course. Sue has spent the majority of her life teaching people how to climb. Come spend a day with a corporate gone climber and hear how you can break free from the rat race as well!
Carrie Dagher has climbed extensively throughout the united states, particularly in the west including Wyoming where she lived for seven years climbing in the Teton Range, Colorado, and California including Yosemite and Joshua Tree where she now makes her home. Carrie has also worked in South America on several Aconcagua expeditions, soloed Vallecito, an 18,000 foot peak in the Aconcagua region and also attempted to summit La Mano, a peak with very little history of climbing ascents. Carrie also spent a season in Nepal working on Mount Everest.
Steve is an AMGA trained guide and has been guiding for Uprising since 2011. He is not only a Joshua Tree local, but started his climbing career in 1989 in what was known as his “backyard”, Joshua Tree National Monument.
While climbing with people who are now the pioneers of rock climbing history, Steve was on the cutting edge of establishing routes in the Park by leading and supporting leaders of the first ascents of routes that live on in our guide books.
Being from the desert he also established routes in obscure and steep granite hideaways such as Giant Rock’s DMZ area.
Its not just the desert where Steve has climbed though. He takes his love of climbing to places throughout the USA and Europe. Spain’s Catalonia, Big Bear, Idyllwild, Yosemite Valley, Toulumne, The Needles, Jackson Hole, Devil’s Tower, Black Canyon of the Gunnison and many more.
Steve has spent his career as a concrete and general contractor and brings his attention to detail to climbing with his strength, character and technical expertise. He will not only teach you safety and technique, but ways in which you can improve your abilities to move you to the next level of climbing. And his energy, witty humor and true love of the sport, Steve will inspire you to be your best.
A true Mojave Desert native, Andy Gorrill grew up in awe with the wonders the rocks had to offer. Andy has been climbing in Joshua Tree for over 20 years. Andy is often found exploring unknown and undeveloped climbing areas throughout the “Monument.” Andy has found great ambition and inspiration in finding routes he hasn’t done before only to share the routes for the climber at hand. From new routes to classics, hard to easy, obscure to obvious, cracks to face to sport to slabs, Andy knows the layout of JTNP and can provide an awesome climbing experience.
Joshua Tree National park has become insanely popular in recent years. But for Andy, this is an opportunity to guide his clients to areas without crowds or traffic.
Andy is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor, a certified Wilderness first Responder, and a credentialed elementary school Music Teacher. Andy leads classes for Boy Scout Merritt Badges, lead climbing, anchor building, sport climbing, gym-to-outdoor climbing, and is able to cater your climbing experience to fit your needs.
Andy’s favorite climbing areas include: Les Calanques in France, Half Dome, Shuteye Ridge, Pinnacles National Park, sport climbs in Iceland, Red Rocks in Nevada, anything in Arizona, and Joshua Tree.
“I’ve been called the “Joshua Tree Guru.” I’m thoughtful about the climbing experience that suits you best. I’ve immersed myself in the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park since 1980. I know lots of special places and would love to share them with you. I’m also intentional about partnering with you to minimizing risk and improving your climbing skills. My safe climbing record is impeccable. I work well with all ages and take pride in getting inactive climbers back in the harness. I’m mindful of a climber’s experience of fear and find subtle ways to move you into relaxation and enjoyment on rock. I do happen to also be a spiritual person who practices prayer, meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, regular worship and acts of compassion. I am a local pastor and director of “Partners in Wellness”. I’d be honored to be your climbing “Guru”. I also lead unique and spectacular day hikes, scrambles and overnighters in the Park. I’m current in my AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certificate, Wilderness First Aid, and CPR.