About Us

WE OFFER THE HIGHEST QUALITY OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING COURSES IN ONTARIO

It's the On the Rocks mission to help climbers of all ages, skill levels, and abilities learn how to safely and confidently enjoy all styles of rock climbing, while having an awesome time. Based in Southern Ontario, On the Rocks is a team of passionate rock climbers and certified guides, keen to share years of experience with those keen to learn. 


Safety is always our #1 priority and that is why On the Rocks strictly hires Certified Guides, teaching the most current and efficient rock climbing techniques available.

Good times On the Rocks! 

LOCATION, LOCATION,LOCATION

  Based in Southern Ontario, our team of certified Single Pitch Guides is proud to offer guided adventures and courses at Rattlesnake Point near Milton and Metcalfe Rock near Thornbury.

We are open from May 1st through October, but we can squeak in some earlier/latertrips and courses if weather permits. 

Please do not hesitate to inquire about custom locations/courses!

 
 

Will
Gilbert

Owner and Climbing Guide

Certified PCGI Single Pitch Guide

Wilderness First Responder

 

I started rock climbing about 15 years ago on the Niagara Escarpment, and since that time I've travelled to climb every year, visiting many areas in North America, as well as Japan and recently Europe. My favourite climbing area is Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas, for the scenic beauty and variety.

 

While I started climbing using traditional protection and climbing mostly cracks, I love all the different types of climbing, from bouldering to sport to multi-pitch trad, and even ice climbing and alpinism.

 

The focus and excitement in climbing is something special, and something I love to share. It makes me happy to see someone I've introduced to the sport or taught achieve their goals and get excited to climb! I look forward to getting out and climbing with you!

Leslie
Gale (Timms)

Lead Guide and PCGI Mentor

Certified PCGI Lead Guide

Approved PCGI SPG Course Provider/Examiner

PCGI Multi-Pitch Course

Wilderness First Responder

Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure Program Graduate

 

Leslie has been an aspiring guide and adventurer for most of her life. During her years at college, she discovered rock climbing and after graduating, Leslie hit the road to begin her career as a climber. Leslie has since climbed difficult boulders, sport routes and traditional cracks all over the world.

Since moving to the Beaver Valley, she has established and climbed several difficult traditional and sport routes in Ontario, including the first ascent of Above the Clouds 5.13 trad/mixed at Lions Head, and given back through countless hours of climbing access, education and community initiatives. Leslie founded On The Rocks to provide the absolute best climbing courses and experiences in Southern Ontario in collaboration with other passionate certified guides.

Leslie is a certified PCGI Mentor, approved to certify other PCGI guides across Canada and the US. She has guided and taught rock clinics all over North America, and at festivals like the Arc'teryx Climbing Academy in Squamish and Red Rock Rendezvous in Las Vegas. Leslie's latest project is her Pilates studio in The Blue Mountains, Peak with Pilates.

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Adam
Mitchell

Climbing Guide

Certified PCGI Single Pitch Guide

I was introduced to climbing in my early teens and have been on ropes ever since. From climbing rock and ice to trees as an arborist, I feel at home in the vertical world, and enjoy all aspects of climbing.

In addition to climbing, I have many outdoor interests, from canoe tripping and biking in the summer to backcountry skiing and touring in the winter.

I am dedicated to working with both new and experienced climbers alike, passing on my knowledge and experience so they too can enjoy climbing and accomplish their goals safely.

Mike
Makischuk

Climbing Guide

Certified PCGI Single Pitch Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Kate
Stewart

Climbing Guide

Certified PCGI Single Pitch Guide

Sport, trad, boulder, scramble...even flail, Kate enjoys all aspects of climbing and thrives on the community it builds. She is always excited to share her stoke through guiding and looks forward to meeting YOU on the wall!

In addition to her role as a Climbing Guide, Kate is an Executive Director for the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society where she uses her skills to make climbing accessible for individual living with physical barriers in Ontario. Kate has been facilitating this role both indoors and outdoors since 2017.

Kate discovered climbing through friends in school, and has since maintained a student mentality with the belief that there is always more to learn. She loves discovering new climbing areas on her travels and is always looking for more adventures. Within Canada, Kate has explored Ontario climbing as far north as Thunder Bay, and loves BC climbing from Squamish to the Island mountains. Kate has also visited a variety of US destination from New Hampshire to Yosemite, and raves about climbing overseas in Croatia.

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