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Wesley Calkins hails from the rolling hills of North Carolina. It was here that his climbing career started and where he earned his southern charm. Wes’ adventures have led him to various places nationally and internationally including The Bugaboos, Chamonix, Cogne Italy, New England, and all over the Southeastern US.

Wes is passionate about teaching AMGA SPI programs and helping younger guides develop their skills while also learning about guiding culture. During the process of becoming a SPI provider Wes really had to up his teaching skills in order to answer the nuanced questions that fellow instructors brought to these training courses. Wes is always striving to improve his technical skills to stay ahead of the curve on this front.

Wes moved to Colorado in 2016 to be closer to larger alpine objectives like those found in Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the American West. From teaching highly technical skills on the ground, to climbing long routes in RMNP, Eldorado Canyon, or The Flatirons, Wes is eager to help climbers achieve their goals.


“10/10, Would Recommend”

I took my SPI course with Wes and it was so much more than I anticipated. I learned so much over the course of 3 days and Wes is on point. The dude is super professional and is a master of his craft. He changed our location from Boulder to Vedauwoo and I was super psyched he did. It was not only a way better better environment to teach and learn in but overall was a great camping and climbing trip! Wes is hilarious and super friendly to everyone he encounters. Really easy to get connect with and really open to questions and helping you learn the way you learn. 10/10, would recommend!

- Joshua Larkin

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