Our Mission

Columbia Gorge Guides was formed to create accurate guides for our local area, with information from locals who both know the area, and contribute to its well being! We live here, and we climb here, and we develop and maintain routes here. Eventually we hope to release a print guidebook, but in the meantime we will be releasing sections of it at a time, starting with the Ozone Cliffband guide, and then moving onto East Mt. Hood Crags, and then West Mt. Hood Crags. Keep checking this site for updates, or sign up for our email list to receive updates when we publish new posts!

About the Authors:

Micah Klesick:

__005Micah Klesick grew up in the Seattle area, and started climbing there initially at Leavenworth and Mt. Erie. In 2012, he moved down to Vancouver, WA to work as a Firefighter/EMT. Micah has been active in the community, both in climbing and developing new routes at many of the areas around Portland, and also in heading up and organizing rebolting of the routes in the area, and through the process has gained valuable and in-depth knowledge of the area that is reflected in the guidebooks he helps to write.


Elmo Mecsko:

Elmo Mecsko grew up in the suburban sprawl of Cleveland, and was introduced to climbing in 1985 at Whipp’s Ledges in Hinkley, Ohio. After exploring crags throughout the country, Elmo decided to settle in the Pacific Northwest, and eventually planted roots in the Columbia River Gorge in 2001. Elmo has helped build a climbing community in the Gorge by bringing climbers together to connect & share local climbing beta. He has been very active as a climber and at developing new climbing areas in the region.

Kyle Yeager: 

Kyle is a Portland native and has been climbing both locally and nationally for quite a while. He’s a former climbing instructor, and now spends a fair amount of his time rebolting and helping maintain our local crags! His experience with the area has been quite valuable to the guidebook writing process!


Samuel Wilson:

Sam is our photographer, and has been awesome to work with! He is a local and is an experienced climber. Almost all action photos in our guides are his work. Check out more of his work at his website: http://www.samwilsonphoto.com/