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Lester Zook

Lester

4.90

(21)

Single Pitch Instructor-

I am an avid climber and backpacker who loves taking people outdoors. For more than 30 years, I have been leading wilderness adventures in my backyard here in Virginia and West Virginia.

In addition to being an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, I am also a certified member of the Professional Climbing Instructors' Association and a Wilderness First Responder. I have done cave rescue training with the National Cave Rescue Commission and am a proud member of the National Speleological Society.

I have published two editions of CLIMBING ROCKingham County, a guidebook of local crags around Harrisburg, VA. I also share my thoughts with fellow outdoor lovers and leaders via my quarterly newsletter "GUYdelines".

I very much enjoy working with young people and supporting the next generation of outdoor leaders.

Come and join me for a climb here in the Appalachians anytime. I look forward to showing you all of the best local spots!

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Daniel Brown

5.00

October, 2023

I often fail to write reviews but not this time. Lester was nothing short of an amazing teacher and guide! He picked a great spot to climb in Shenadoah National Park. The views were incredible. He had asked us ahead of time if a dad and daughter could join us and made the trip affordable. Lester started with intros and safety. I could immediately tell he was a guide with strong character, which definitely brings assurance when you are going to be attached to his ropes. Lester did an awesome job breaking down the steps for us to learn gearing up, belaying, and climbing! In our group, we had different comfort levels with this new experience. Lester encouraged, demonstrated, and pushed us a bit to step out of our comfort zone but only what we were up for. For those more comfortable or experienced, he gave us fun challenges. It was an awesome experience and honestly the highlight of my trip.

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Katherine King

5.00

October, 2023

Our family of 5 (ages 5 to 42) booked Lester for a rock climbing session and we had an absolutely fantastic experience. We learned climbing skills (and about local flora!), had an amazingly fun time and felt safe the entire time. We will be back and I would highly recommend!

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Michael Phillips

5.00

October, 2023

Kicked one off the bucket list with my boys- age 7 &9 with Lester yesterday climbing in the Massanutten Range! He was a wonderful, patient, and knowledgable guide! My boys loved every second of it and made it to the summit multiple times! The views and colors were beyond spectacular! Would def recommend!!! If we visit the area again we will be climbing with him again!

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Rachel Stewart

5.00

October, 2023

We loved our half day rock climbing adventure with Wild Guyde Adventures! Lester is the perfect guide who is prepared, engaging, and informative and we look forward to booking a trip with him again! The rocks we climbed are a location that Lester discovered himself and therefore is untouched by tourists and other groups. The rocks were challenging yet very achievable for us beginner climbers - particularly with Lester coaching us the whole time. We loved the rappel as well as the detour to the waterfall. Despite some light rain, Lester remains upbeat and go-with-the-flow making him the perfect guide for a group of any size, skill level, or occasion. His genuine passion for the outdoors is clear which truly made this trip unforgettable and worthwhile. Thanks, Lester!

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