Seth Pettit, Owner and Guide

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Wilderness First Responder


Seth's first climbing experience was on an artificial wall at a Dick's Sporting goods in Indiana, around 1999. It didn't go so well, but apparently left him wanting more.

By 2008 he had visited most of the famous climbing areas of the United States and earned his first certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). His guiding career began the same year, as a Trip Leader for Indiana Universities' Outdoor Adventures program. In 2010 he received an outdoor recreation and natural resource management degree from I.U. with a focus on rock climbing (yes, you can get a university degree for rock climbing!). ​In 2013, following an intensive training period and subsequent exam, he earned an AMGA Rock Instructor Certification. This certification covers all rock climbing terrain available in Joshua Tree National Park!

Seth has been a Joshua Tree resident, enjoying the National Park and it's exceptional rock climbing, since 2013. He has now worked with thousands of clients, through ten different organizations, in seven states.

Nate Pakula

AMGA Certified Rock Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Wilderness First Responder


Nate was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he spent every summer as a youth romping around the rugged mountains of New England. In 2004, Nate moved to Burlington, Vermont were he attended the University of Vermont and received a B.A. in Sociology. During his time there, he learned how to rock climb on the beautiful schist of the Green Mountains and rapidly fell in love with the sport. In 2008, Nate made the journey west and quickly found himself at home in the outdoor education community of southern California. Over the past 10 years Nate has worked full-time as an outdoor educator and climbing guide throughout the state of California and in Washington, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

During the off-seasons Nate follows his deep passion for climbing all over the world. His travels have brought him to Southeast Asia, Patagonia, Mexico, India, Canada, and all over the western mountain ranges of the US. Nate’s other passions include experiential education, teaching rock climbing, back-country snowboarding, surfing, canoeing, and noodling on the guitar. 

Nate currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA, where he goes out to climb and adventure whenever he is not working. Nate is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Certified Single Pitch Instructor. He is also a Wilderness First Responder.


Kenny Goff

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Originally from Pennsylvania, Kenny graduated from Indiana University with a double business major and a minor in outdoor recreation.  While in college, he taught university courses in rock climbing and backpacking for Indiana University Outdoor Adventures. After graduation he made the move out west to be closer to the mountains and subsequently has climbed all over the states, as well as in Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico, and Patagonia.  His favorite type of climbing is long alpine rock routes, but is just as happy to be climbing shorter routes, navigating through a glacier, or swinging ice tools.


Kenny’s certifications include Wilderness First Responder, American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE Level 2 Avalanche, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.  He is excited to share the joy and discovery of climbing with all who climb with him!

James "Murph" Murphy

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Wilderness First Responder

Murph is originally from Washington but he has spent the last decade climbing and guiding in New Hampshire and Maine. Like many others today his first climbing experience was in the gym, however, he was lucky enough to have a traditional climbing veteran take him under his wing and outside right away. After several years as a bartender with a climbing habit, he let his passion take over and dove head first into guiding. He’s had the opportunity to climb all over the country, some favorites include Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Maine, and of course, California. Climbing has even taken him internationally to locations like Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. 


Murph is an American Mountain Guides Association Certified Single Pitch Instructor and a certified Wilderness First Responder.  ⠀