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Lester Zook




Single Pitch Instructor- Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA


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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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Charlie Le


April, 2023

My partner and I did a half day climb with Lester in Shenandoah NP and we absolutely loved our experience! Lester was incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and is very keen on safety, which is what we were looking for. He had remarkable knowledge of the park and the routes around it and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience from start to finish. We highly, without any reservation recommend booking an activity with Lester!

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Colin Galliano


March, 2023

We went out rock climbing with Lester and he did a great job instructing us through our first experience rappelling. His emphasis on safety was much appreciated and he provided ample time to enjoy the views while hanging out on the rocks. He also had lots of interesting information about the area and some of its geographic features. All in all, we highly recommend taking a trip with Lester as he will make sure you have a great time.

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Mike Gengler


October, 2022

Lester was amazing and I would highly recommend using him for your climbing adventures in the area. Highly knowledgeable and catered the trip to what we wanted and were looking for

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Chris Jorgenson


August, 2022

Lester was great. He has excellent knowledge of the climb and was super excited informative about exactly what to do an how to do it. He made the climbing challenging enough but not overwhelming. Also made sure everything was within my comfort zone with the safety systems, instructions and back-ups. Great first outdoor wall climbing experience, would easily recommend it.

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