Thanks for visiting my home on the web! In the real world, I’ll be in the mountains until early October. Joshua Tree is quite warm this time of year! During summer I have intermittent access to phone and email, but please do reach out about guided climbing in the eastern Sierra (Bishop and Mammoth Lakes area) in June through September, or about the upcoming Joshua Tree season, which will begin on Friday, October 8 and run through mid-May of 2022. For photos and videos of my summer adventures, including a recent ascent of The Shield on El Capitan, visit instagram.com/roddymccalley
I spent most of a decade on the road, climbing 150-200 days a year. That’s one way to become a rock climber!
If you don’t plan to devote your whole life to climbing, the best way to fast-track your growth is professional instruction.
I will quickly assess your skills and find the right climbs and scenarios to push you to the next level. Small-group instruction is almost as effective as one-on-one, especially if the students are at roughly the same experience level.
We can work on anything from basic safety skills and climbing fundamentals to self-rescue and big-wall techniques. I believe in customizing my teaching to your specific goals. For more information, visit the Curriculum page.
Want to see me in action?
My teaching is featured in an instructional rock climbing program by VideOracles.
Click the image below to access a selection of the videos:
Roddy McCalley grew up in Palo Alto, way before Google. Family vacations were mostly spent backpacking—spring and fall in the Coast Ranges, and summer in the High Sierra.
After graduating from Yale University with a degree in biology, Roddy spent most of a decade working as an outdoor educator, with no fixed abode and all his worldly possessions in a Toyota Corolla. It was during these years that he became hopelessly obsessed with rock climbing.
In 2009 he settled in Joshua Tree, California, where he works as a rock climbing instructor during the fall-winter-spring season. Roddy leads climbing and wilderness trips in the Sierra in June, July, August and September. Recent summers have also included trips to the mountains of Wyoming, Colorado, British Columbia, Washington, and Idaho, and many weeks in Yosemite Valley, living on a portaledge on the side of El Capitan.
In addition to his work as a guide, Roddy founded Outdoor Recreation Education, a nonprofit organization to promote healthy outdoor recreation. ORE is currently raising money for youth backpacking programs in the Sierra in summer 2021.