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Mike Donaldson is one of the most experienced rock climbing guides in the Front range Colorado. Fulltime guide since 10 years plus . Experience in multiple climbing areas across the USA

Mike Donaldson

PCGI certified multi pitch instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Search and Rescue Technician

Mike Donaldson is a Denver native with over 20 years of experience rock climbing. He is the program developer and lead guide at Chillino Rock Climbing Colorado.

Mike is a certified PCGI Multi-pitch guide and AMGA aspirant guide. He also holds a rope access level one certification with both IRATA and SPRAT. In addition, Mike spent two seasons as a high angle rescue technician with Yosemite Search and Rescue.

Mike’s experience in guiding is complemented by his certification as a yoga instructor. He holds a 1000-hour teacher certificate from Naropa University, and uses his knowledge of yoga to help his clients improve their movement and experience, both on and off the wall.

Mike is a passionate climber who brings his playful enthusiasm to every outing. He has climbed all over the country, including 10 ascents of El Capitan, and a speed ascent of Norway’s national mountain Mt. Stetind. His mindfulness-based approach to climbing helps his clients and partners value the experience more than the summit.

If you are looking for a professional and experienced guide who can help you take your climbing skills to the next level, Mike Donaldson is the guide for you. He is a knowledgeable, patient, and skilled instructor who is committed to providing his clients with the best possible experience.

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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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