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Zack Smith

Zack “Bones” Smith grew up in Ashland, OR and was introduced to rock climbing by his dad when he was 13 in Yosemite using webbing for a harness, hip belays, and Vans skateboard shoes.  His techniques, safety protocols and equipment choices evolved and he began his guiding career in Moab, UT in 2000 specializing in desert towers and crack climbing clinics.  Zack has established first ascents in Argentine Patagonia, Chilean Patagonia, Kichatna Spires and The Ruth Gorge in Alaska, The Bugaboos in Canada, The Black Canyon in Colorado, and Indian Creek in Utah.  He has climbed on six different continents up to 5.13+ and V11 boulders but accepts that that level of climbing will never happen again.  Outside of climbing Zack has owned small businesses, posed as “The Marlboro Man” for a commercial, worked as a rigger in film and television, and has been a professional paragliding pilot.  Backcountry snowboarding has also been a passion for 25 years and he is excited that more people are finding this sport. These days Zack puts most of his energy into his family by being a dedicated husband and dad to his three year old daughter and chases wind and waves around the world through his newest obsessions of kite surfing and foil boarding. He lives in White Salmon, WA and Los Barriles, Baja.
Some past adventures and more info can be found here: