Grant Simmons – IMCS Guide

Grant Simmons

It all began on some scrappy cliffs tucked amongst the rolling hills of rural Maryland.  The climbing was short and the ledges were covered in graffiti and glass, but those experiences were formative enough to have a lasting impact on my personal and professional trajectory.  Since those early days, the sport and culture that surrounds climbing has infiltrated nearly all aspects of my life.  It has taken me to foreign lands with grand summits, introduced me to some of the best people imaginable, and has given me countless great memories.  As a guide, I feel privileged to be able to share this passion for climbing and beautiful places with others.

Climbing Certifications

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

Climbing Highlights

  • First ascent of Las Manos del Dia (5.11+, 12 pitches), Cochamó, Chile
  • First integral ascent of Gardens of the Galaxy (5.11c A0, 26 pitches), Cochamó, Chile
  • Filo Noreste (Afanassieff) of Cerro Fitz Roy (5.10, 40+ pitches), El Chalten, Argentina
  • Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome (5.9 C1, 23 pitches), Yosemite, California
  • Original Route of the Rainbow Wall (5.12a, 14 pitches), Red Rocks, Nevada
  • Author of Rock Climbs of Acadia, a guide to the climbing in Acadia National Park