There are many reasons why people choose the Private & Custom Guiding option.

  • You cannot find anyone to go with you
  • You do not want to go on a scheduled trip with people you do not know
  • You simply like to do solo trips
  • You want to put together a special family or friends trip
  • You want to go as fast as you need
  • You want to go as slow as you need
  • Our scheduled dates do not work for you
  • You have a trip in mind that we do not offer on our schedule

Currently the Private & Custom option is popular because of Covid-19. While we already keep our groups small, we understand and are doing our best to schedule additional guides to handle the demand. If you’re interested, it’s wise to inquire sooner than later so that we can accommodate your booking.


Our rates depend upon the number of people in your group and the type of trip.

Front Country

Locally based front country trips that are anticipated to be six  hours or less. This includes front country rock climbing.

Full Day

Backcountry instructional, climbing or ski trips anticipated to be eight hours or more. This covers most of our trips.

Extreme Day

Climbs or skis that we normally guide as two-day trips that are squeezed into one day. These are by special arrangement and we want to talk with you to make sure it is a good idea. This saves time, but not a lot of extra dollars and probably neither you nor the guide will be doing much the next day.

2021 Private and Custom Guiding Rates

Prices quoted here are for guiding services and any necessary group climbing equipment. Also see the notes below.

Front Country Day
(per person)
Full Day
(per person)
Extreme Day
(per person)
1 person 395 490 675
2 people 295 380 480
3 people 195 280 360
4 people 150 180 220
5 people 125 160 210

Guide Travel Expenses

We pay guides for use of their private vehicle to travel and meet you at the trailhead from our Bishop office. This varies with distance and is added to the daily rate above. We use the current IRS mileage rate. Non custom courses have this expense already included.

Outfitting with Food and Equipment

We include the following:

  • Food. You need to bring snacks for during the day and hot and cold drinks.
  • Kitchen, stoves, fuel and cookware
  • Tents
  • Water filters
  • Bear canisters where necessary

If you have some of your own equipment by all means bring it, but we do not pro-rate pricing for it.

Full outfitting price is $40 per person/per day. If not taking this option you need to bring your own food, tents and kitchen.

Food only we do at $30 per person/per day.

If not taking these options you need to bring your own food and personal tent, stove etc.

Permit Reservation Fees

The United States Forest Service charges a user fee for permit reservations on all trailheads and we are obliged to collect this and pay it to them.

These are:
Whitney Area: $20.00 per person
Everywhere Else: $10.00 per person

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