Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Guides

The Climbing Life Guides, Inc. is a small rock climber guide owned business in Joshua Tree National Park specializing in guided rock climbing experiences tailored to its clients desires. However, don’t let our size fool you, we are fully outfitted to handle large groups as well! Guided instruction in Joshua Tree is available for traditional climbing gear placements, rock climbing anchor building, leading rock climbing, rappelling, and general rock climbing movement efficiency and techniques. Or if you simply want to get out on the rock in Joshua Tree and have some fun and leave all the technical aspects to our guides, our guides will be happy to “show you the ropes”. Please see our Reservations page to reserve your guide and schedule your rock climbing adventure!

The Climbing Life Guides believes in its guides. Nelson Day, the lead guide and owner, is currently the guide with the highest level of professional certification in all of  Joshua Tree! All of our guides are company employees who receive benefits  including worker’s compensation insurance. Other guiding services hire guides as independent contractors who receive no company benefits. The Climbing Life Guides has been raising the bar as an employer in the guiding industry by compensating our guides with professional wages and expecting nothing less than 5 star professional guiding service from our employees. We not only believe in a superior product, but also in a superior employment situation for each guide employed in our service. We hire only qualified guides that demonstrate a sincere interest in their profession.


Nelson Day


Nelson Day, the Lead Guide and director of The Climbing Life Guides, resides in sunny Joshua Tree, CA. Nelson has been rock climbing since 2008, guiding since 2012, is certified through the AMGA as a Certified Rock Guide and  Single Pitch Instructor. Nelson is currently the highest certified guide in all of Joshua Tree! Nelson is also certified through Wilderness Medical Associates as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Nelson received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 2002, and is registered in the state of California as a professional engineer in Mechanical Engineering. Nelson’s love for teaching, guiding, and rock climbing is evident if you have ever rock climbed with him as a client, or as a partner. Nelson has rock climbed in Indian Creek, Joshua Tree National Park, Tahquitz, Big Bear (Holcomb Valley), Riverside Quarry, Moore’s Wall, Red Rock Canyon, New River Gorge, The Incredible Hulk, Squamish, the Bugaboos and various other rock cragging destinations. Nelson specializes in assisting clients “reach” their rock climbing goals and rock climbing objectives in a patient and positive environment.

Stephen Williams


Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams

 Bio: Stephen grew up in the flat lands of Memphis, TN and cut his teeth as a climber on the steep sandstone of the Southeast. He’s been climbing since 2009 and he’s been passionately seeking out new challenges in the mountains ever since. His personal climbing experience ranges from grade V alpine routes in the North Cascades of Washington, to long rock routes in the desert Southwest, to ice climbing in the Canadian rockies. He is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor and is actively pursuing certification in both the Rock and Alpine disciplines. Stephen also holds a WFR through the Wilderness Medicine Institute and a degree in Biology and Math from Oberlin College. He currently splits his time between alpine work in the Cascades and Alaska during the summers and guiding in Joshua Tree the rest of the year. Regardless of the medium, Stephen finds the process of helping people push themselves in the outdoors and gain independence as climbers tremendously rewarding.

Tyler Lomprey


Bio: Tyler grew up in the desert of Southern Nevada and was first introduced to rock climbing as a young boy scout. As the biggest kid in his class he was more focused on football, which took him to Las Vegas where he attended UNLV. After one year he decided that he found more joy while in nature, and in early 2011 one trip to the local climbing gym was all it took and he was hooked. He quickly began ticking all of the moderate multi pitches in Red Rock Canyon and dreamed of far off summits. His climbing has taken him all over the western U.S.: From Devils Tower in Wyoming, to the high peaks of the Sierra Mountain Range, and every state in between. Whether it’s a hard sport climb or a long easy multi pitch, Tyler finds joy in being connected to nature in a way that only rock climbing allows. He has his WFR through the Wilderness Medical Associates is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor and is actively pursing certification in the Rock Guide discipline. Tyler loves to help people forget about the stresses of life in the horizontal while they step into the vertical.