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Mike Donaldson

PCGI certified multi pitch instructor, Wilderness First Responder

Mike Donaldson is a true secret weapon when it comes to climbing. Growing up in Colorado he carries the mountain spirit deep embedded in his character. He has one of the most impressive ascent lists of all of our guides and he has been working as a full time guide since 2012. His ascents include solo climbs on El Cap and a speed climbing records on Norway’s National Mountain “Stetind”. He currently resides in Yosemite valley to be part of the world’s elite vertical rescue team (YOSAR – Yosemite Search and Rescue). We cannot wait to work with with him again when Fall comes around. And climbing is truly not what he is all about! Meet a genuine human who carries his heart at the right place. Mike embodies critical thinking combined with copious amounts of enthusiasm. Be impressed by his unique style and carry on the fire he emits. It is easy to feel at ease when around him.

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Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
Anna T.
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Kailyn F.
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
Valerie H.
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend 🙂
Grace M.
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!
Tiffany C.

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