MEET OUR GUIDES

At New River Mountain Guides, our guides are accomplished climbers who are chosen based on their expertise, knowledge of the area, friendliness and the ability to teach. They take their profession seriously, are committed to excellence and proud of the line of work they have chosen. You'll find that their professional approach and warm personalities makes for a rewarding experience. Simply stated, our guides truly set us apart from the rest.
AMGA Rock Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide

press to zoom
Leave it to Jesus, 5.11d ©Chris Noble
Leave it to Jesus, 5.11d ©Chris Noble

press to zoom
AMGA Rock Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide

Owner/Operator New River Mountain Guides and Chicks Climbing & Skiing

press to zoom
AMGA Rock Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide & Apprentice Alpine Guide

press to zoom
1/6

Testimonial:

Superb. She is knowledgeable, professional, organized, and very approachable. All perfect qualities for an instructor. --Rich S.

ELAINA
ARENZ

 

 

AMGA Certified Rock Guide

AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide

AMGA SPI Provider Trainer

Warriors Way Trainer
Wilderness First Responder

NRMG Owner-Operator

 

Elaina has 27 years of climbing experience and has been working as a full-time climbing guide for 22 years. She's well versed in all forms of climbing, having redpointed 5.13 sport and 5.12 trad, aid climbed El Cap, and has sent M9 and WI5. All that said, sunny sport climbing is by far her favorite discipline.

 

Elaina serves on the Board of Directors of the American Mountain Guide Association, is a member of the Technical Committee, and is a Single Pitch Instructor Provider Trainer.

When she's not on the rocks, she loves exploring the countryside on her dirtbike.

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Certified Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
Guides Day off!
Guides Day off!

Jeff on Team Machine 12a

press to zoom
Jeff on the Chockstone 5.9
Jeff on the Chockstone 5.9

Photo by Fixed Line Media

press to zoom
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Certified Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
1/4
 
JEFFERY
HEARN

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

AMGA Assistant Rock Guide

Warrior's Way Trainer

Wilderness First Responder

NRMG Operations Manager

Years with NRMG: 12 years

Jeff hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has over 22 years of climbing experience. He's a crack climbing wizard with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  

 

Jeff runs our day-to-day operations in the office and out in the field. Jeff has developed a strong following of return clients who are taken by his patient teaching approach and his ability to relate to people of all ages.

 

Hearn also is our head counselor for our Teen Rock Camp Program.

 

Testimonial:

Jeffrey was a terrific guide. Professional, knowledgeable, and fun in one- what more can you ask for!!
-Patricia V.

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
Seneca Rocks summit push.
Seneca Rocks summit push.

press to zoom

press to zoom
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
1/3
JORDAN
REDING

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

AMGA Assistant Rock Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Years with NRMG: 3

Jordan is from Columbus, OH, and attended OSU where he studied environmental sciences. He's a former North Carolina Outward Bound Climbing Instructor, who loves to teach and share his knowledge with others.

 

"I love teaching new and experienced climbers alike, and find great fulfillment in both the “aha” moments and general enjoyment clients and students receive from climbing achievements." 

TESTIMONIAL

I just want to write to say that Jordan was a fantastic teacher, guide, and motivator today. He was so thoughtful and responsive and intuitive. We had an amazing time with him, learned so much, and felt so well taken care of. -Karen S.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
Mary Keegan, AMGA SPI
Mary Keegan, AMGA SPI

press to zoom
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
1/2
MARY
KEEGAN

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

Wilderness First Responder

Years with NRMG: 2

Mary hails from Virginia by way of California. She started her climbing journey in the New River Gorge and earned her Single Pitch Instructor certification in Joshua Tree. She’s delighted to return to the New and share this amazing climbing destination with her clients.

TESTIMONIAL

Mary is an amazing instructor! It was my first time climbing outdoors and she helped me progress quickly and have a great time. Highly recommend! -Camy P.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom

press to zoom

press to zoom
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
1/3
TIM
LOWRY

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

Wilderness First Responder

Years with NRMG: 2

Tim hails from Ohio and has quickly become an integral team member. He fell in love with climbing outdoors after a guided trip with Jordan and quickly realized he wanted to share that stoke with others. 

He crushes 5.13 for breakfast and is an Assistant Manager at Water 
Stone Outdoors. He's got a great eye for photography and was once a competitive jump roper. He has all kinds of rope skills to share with you and if you ask him nicely he might show you his moves.

TESTIMONIAL

I had virtually a perfect day climbing with Tim and am so glad we got a guide to help us start transitioning to some trad climbing after doing sport climbs together. He did a superb job getting us warmed up and figuring out just how much to challenge us and what we needed to get going with gear selection and proper placement. I highly recommend using him, and we want to hire him again!

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
Claire having no fun at all at Seneca Rocks ;)
Claire having no fun at all at Seneca Rocks ;)

press to zoom
Photo: Bryan Miller Photography
Photo: Bryan Miller Photography

press to zoom
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & Single Pitch Instructor

press to zoom
1/3
CLAIRE
MURPHY

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Years with NRMG: 2

Claire is a lawyer on her climbing rest days and a crusher on both rock and ice. She spent her formative climbing years at Seneca Rocks, WV where she honed her trad climbing skills.

She now spends her summers at the New, and her winters in Ouray, CO chasing down snowy slopes and scratching her way up frozen waterfalls.