Our Guides

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Known for their leadership, as well as their character, our guides bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from years of guiding and climbing throughout the United States.

They continuously give back to their communities by donating hours to youth climbing programs at local schools, maintenance at our climbing areas, as well as search and rescue efforts.

Our guides live to climb and to make climbing accessible for others. The only thing our guides are more passionate about than climbing is providing you with a great experience. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or have been climbing for years, your guide will provide you the highest level of instruction and encouragement.

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Brian Shelton

Founder, Owner & President

Brian has been climbing since he was 15 years old. His experience has been gained in the vertical world of Devils Tower, Yosemite’s big walls, and the remote, sandstone towers of Utah’s desert. His knowledge of regional climbing areas is unrivaled.

Brian loves guiding because it gives him a chance to share something with others that has been meaningful to him. Because of his judgment and technical knowledge, clients keep coming back because of the philosophy “safety first, summit second”.

“There is a world of climbing out there that most people aren’t aware of. I love the chance to open people up to it, to teach them skills and offer them adventures of their own.”

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Stewart Green

Partner & Senior Guide

A freelance writer and photographer based in Colorado Springs, Stewart Green has been a climber for over 40 years, and a part of Front Range from the beginning. He has climbed throughout the United States and Europe, and done many high-quality first ascents.

Stewart is the author of over 15 books, including ‘Rock Climbing Colorado’ and ‘Rock Climbing Europe’. His photographs are also widely published in advertisements, catalogues, and magazines including Climbing magazine and Rock & Ice.

As a Front Range climbing guide, Stewart brings an unrivaled range of experiences and knowledge to all our clients.

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Bill Olszewski

Senior Guide

Bill has many years of outdoor rock climbing experience and a willingness to share the experience with others.

Bill’s enthusiasm while climbing is expressed in his fluent climbing abilities through difficult climbs and routes. His expertise and knowledge while instructing gives climbers a solid foundation of safety and climbing principles that will allow them to confidently make their own decisions while climbing at the local indoor gym, crags, and muliti-pitch routes.

“For me, climbing is a communion with nature. When I’m on the rock, focusing on the movement of the line, all the distractions of daily life melt away. Climbing is an amazing source of inner peace.”

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Patrick Betts

Lead Guide

Patrick began climbing in 2008 while visiting Colorado and he has never looked back. Since then, Patrick has climbed throughout the Rocky Mountains, western United States, Mexico, and Western Canada.

Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership from Colorado State University – Pueblo, and has over 4 years of experience teaching rock climbing in a formal setting as well as commercial guiding.

Patrick is an experienced adventure photographer who enjoys taking photos of people pushing their own limits, and capturing the landscape of the areas that rock climbing takes you.

“Rock climbing is a powerful tool for an individual to explore their true potential, both physically and emotionally. The places that rock climbing can take you, on the grand scale of things, are places that very few people have ever stood – this is why I climb.”

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Mollie Bailey

Senior Guide

Mollie started climbing in 2011 at Sand Rock, Alabama and realized that an outdoor life was the one for her. She migrated to Colorado shortly after to pursue the outdoor lifestyle that’s overwhelmingly present in Colorado. Mollie has visited nearly all 50 states and has a passion for traveling and experiencing new things.

Mollie wanted to be able to share her love for rock climbing and the outdoors with as many people as possible. This passion is what led her to start guiding for Front Range Climbing Company in 2013.

“I guide because I love watching people succeed in a sport they didn’t even think was possible for them. The best part of my day is taking someone from learning the jargon all the way to standing on top of a rock, totally awestruck. It’s pretty rad.”

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Logan Berndt

Senior Guide

Logan has been guiding with FRCC since 2010. With experience taken from the local crags around his home in Colorado Springs, old school hard-man routes in Arizona and the far reaches of the Utah desert, Logan’s skills are top notch.

Logan can be found every day, rain or shine, in the outdoors practicing what he truly loves.

“It seems that every time I turn around there is a new adventure waiting for me. Climbing just keeps giving back, I can’t wait to see what’s on the next ledge!”

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Jimmie Dunn

Senior Guide

Jimmie Dunn is a climbing legend in his own right, notable for many pioneering and cutting edge ascents in the Utah desert, Colorado, and Yosemite.

Born in New Hampshire, Jimmie started climbing in 1966 at the Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs. While studying botany at Western State College, the 2000-foot vertical walls of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison became an inspiration for what became a life of climbing. In the 1970’s, Jimmie was the director of the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Jimmie now lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Hellen and son CharlieJoe.