Meet Our Adventure Tour Guides

Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Heather Gallagher

Heather Gallagher

Rock Climbing & Canyoneering Guide

As a native of Oregon, Heather began climbing when she was seventeen at Smith Rock State Park.  She escaped the cold, drizzly Northwest and discovered the warm, desert crack climbing paradise of Moab and Indian Creek in 2002.

Heather is a traveler at heart.  In the past, she moved all around the U.S. every three months, often living out of her van or car in search of the perfect climbing weather.  Not being much of a cold-weather person, she has dedicated her winters to traveling and climbing overseas during the winter months.  This led to places such as Mexico, Thailand, Laos, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, and South Africa filling her passport pages.
Her love for the Moab desert has kept her returning again and again over the years.  In addition to climbing and canyoneering, she is an enthusiast of traveling abroad, mountain biking, rafting, scuba diving, surfing and learning about other cultures.  Heather’s solid desert crack climbing skills, quick laugh and obvious enthusiasm for teaching has made her a valuable asset to the Cliffs and Canyons team since 2011.

Professional Certifications, Courses and Relevant Memberships:

  • Advanced PADI Scuba
  • WFR, CPR (Wilderness First Responder)
Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Heather Gallagher 2018-05-03T13:03:27+00:00

Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Jerome Smart

Jerome Smart
Jerome Smart

Rock Climbing & Canyoneering Guide

Since Jerome’s first encounter with climbing fourteen years ago, it has been a driving passion in his life. It has taken him all around the Western U.S. in pursuit of adventures on rock as well as a few international trips.

He finds the red rock country around Moab to be some of his favorite and most peaceful climbing.

Some of his more noteworthy climbs have been multiple ascents of Yosemite’s El Capitan and a ski descent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming.

Jerome loves sharing his passion for the wilderness and climbing with others.

Since joining the Cliffs and Canyons team in 2012, Jerome has ensured each guest gains not only the accomplishment of safely navigating a canyon or climb but also a deeper understanding of the areas around Moab through his expansive knowledge of rock climbing and the desert.

Professional Certifications, Courses and Relevant Memberships:

  • AMGA Rock Guide (American Mountain Guides Association)
  • IRATA Level 1 Rope Access Technician (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association)
  • AAI Level 2 (American Avalanche Institute)
  • WFR, CPR (Wilderness First Responder)
  • Leave No Trace Master
Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Jerome Smart 2018-05-03T13:03:34+00:00

Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Rock Climbing & Canyoneering Guide

Moab’s combination of aesthetic sandstone climbing and haunting landscapes first took hold of her on a road trip in 2005, and she’s been returning ever since, until the spring of 2007 when she began guiding here.

Amanda’s long-term experience with vertical terrain has given her a strong base for leading people up and down the cliffs and canyons of southern Utah, and a comfort with coaching others through the mental and physical challenges involved. In fact, these very challenges are the fuel for her passion for introducing people to these activities.

For years Amanda has been climbing hard technical routes, from steep sport climbing to big walls. Lately, she has worked Rope Access in the wind industry, as well as worked as a rigger on outdoor film shoots, and as a ballroom/theatrical rigger in Vegas.  She is currently spending her summers in Yosemite National Park working for YOSAR, the highly trained technical team that performs high-angle rescues of climbers on the big walls of Yosemite Valley.

Amanda’s keen wit and fun-loving demeanor means any outing with her will be filled with laughter and good times.

Professional Certifications, Courses and Relevant Memberships:

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (American Mountain Guides Association)
  • SPRAT Level 3 (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians)
  • HECM (Helicopter Crew Member)
  • SRT-A (Swiftwater Technician-Advanced)
  • WFR, CPR (Wilderness First Responder)
Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Amanda Smith 2018-05-03T13:03:42+00:00

Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Scott Deputy

Rock Climbing & Canyoneering Guide

Scott started climbing in 2000, and his passion for the outdoor lifestyle quickly led to him leaving behind a professional legal career in Missouri. He has since wandered the West. Along the way, he found a love for the perfect cracks and adventurous sandstone towers of the desert Southwest.

Scott made Cliffs and Canyons his home in the spring of 2007, and quickly found joy in showing others what he discovered. Scott’s efficient communication skills and sharp wit make all of his guided trips memorable. A veteran of many film and photo rigging projects, Scott now spends his summers in Yosemite National Park working for YOSAR, the highly trained technical team that performs high-angle rescues of climbers and others on the big walls and backcountry of Yosemite Valley.

Scott not only is a climbing and canyoneering guide for Cliffs and Canyons but also helps with their rigging jobs, including the project for the popular TV show MythBusters. While guiding has taken a back seat to the more technical aspects of high angle work, one can still occasionally find him in Moab returning to his roots of teaching by offering clinics on crack climbing and big-wall speed climbing.

Professional Certifications, Courses and Relevant Memberships:

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (American Mountain Guides Association)
  • SPRAT Level 3 (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians)
  • HECM (Helicopter Crew Member)
  • SRT-A (Swiftwater Technician-Advanced)
  • WFR, CPR (Wilderness First Responder)
Moab Adventure Tour Guide – Scott Deputy 2018-05-03T13:03:49+00:00