Rock Climbing in Truckee

I went climbing with NASTC and this is what happened…

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to go climbing with a NASTC guide on Donner Summit, a nearby climbing area in Truckee, CA. I’ve been climbing for close to ten years (off and on) but never with a guide, so it was a fun change to spend the day with an expert who could offer attentive guidance and tips when I needed it. Here’s an excerpt from my article on rock climbing in Truckee, published by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

I recently met up with Chris Fellows, the owner of NASTC, for a morning of climbing at Donner Summit to see what it’s like to go out with a professional rock climbing guide. As I drove up the scenic Old Hwy 40, I took in the gorgeous views of Donner Lake and rocky outcrops. It was a perfect day – the temperature hovered around the high 60s and the sun was high in the sky. We met in the parking lot, gathered our gear, and headed down to Green Phantom, a crag below the iconic Rainbow Bridge, to try a few routes on the slabby granite.

Want to keep reading? Head over to to read the whole feature. In it, I share why everyone (regardless of climbing experience) can benefit from climbing with a guide, what you need to bring for a day on the rock, and the best guiding companies in Truckee.

Have you climbed with a guide service before? What was your experience? Share in the comments!