CTT Featured Rock Guide – David Lane

Dave Lane comes out to clear the bag line at the Nipple on Zodiac, El Capitan
Image: Dave Lane clearing the bag line on Zodiac in Yosemite

Dave is an American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) certified rock guide, and former technical director / program developer for Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI). Since 2006 Dave has guided for Yosemite Mountaineering School.

Dave is a well-rounded climber and has climbed extensively in the United States – Joshua Tree, Idyllwild, Red Rocks and throughout the Sierra Nevada, where he has several first ascents (FA’s) to his name; from single-pitch crag routes to multi-pitch backcountry alpine climbs.

He has also climbed and guided internationally in locations such as Mexico, Spain, and Greece.

Dave is an accomplished big wall climber with 24 route ascents in Zion National Park and Yosemite Valley, two of which were first ascent (FA) routes with quadriplegic and cerebral palsy climbers.

He has also been published, including publications for the US Army Mountain Combat Readiness Center.

Dave grew up surfing and skiing in Virginia before moving to California in 1991. He immediately added rock climbing to his list of passionate hobbies and in 1999 became a professional rock & ice climbing guide. When not climbing, Dave is still an avid skier, surfer, and skateboarder.

He lives in the Eastern Sierras with his wonderful wife Jen and their full of life son, Kekoa.

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