SCOTT COSGROVE, owner and president of California Mountain Guides, Inc., has been a world class rock climber and professional climbing instructor for 30.years, making his first climb in 1977. In 1980 at the age of 16 he became a student instructor, going onto climb El Capitain two years later at the age of 18. Out of five confirmed 5.14 climbs, Scott is the author of three of them and was the first American to establish a grade 5.14A and 5.14B rock climb. He’s made ropeless ascents up to grade 5.12 and established first ascents of four A5 grade six rock climbs. Scott has made a name for himself through decades of difficult, cutting-edge climbing and is proud of his record-breaking 6400+ client guide days with a zero accident rating.
As an accomplished wall climber having established big walls in Yosemite, the Yukon Territories and South America’s Patagonia as well as conducting guided trips to Jordan, the Himalayas, Alaska, Canada, Thailand and Australia, Scott has over 400 first ascents worldwide, including a first free ascent of the Grand Wall in Squamish Chief, British Columbia.In the USA, Scott has well over 28 ascents of El Capitan, and has guided El Cap 10 times. He is also well known for doing the first free ascent of the South Face of Yosemite’s Half Dome, Southern Belle, in 1987, and is perhaps the most feared rock climber in the world today.
Scott is perhaps best known as a guide and instructor, his students coming from all walks of life. His smooth confident style, dedication and prolific climbing record have influenced and inspired many, and his teaching style is renown throughout the climbing and guiding community. The recipient of two Presidential Civilian Bravery Commendations during his service on the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team for eight seasons, Scott, as part of a team, earned an Academy Award in 2005 when he received an Oscar for Technical Achievement for aerial camera rigging by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Scott is also an accredited member of the Wilderness Guides Association and a professional member of the American Mountain Guides Association as well as a PADI certified Rescue Diver.
Scott truly enjoys people and teaching and many of his students have become his lifelong friends.