Jimmy L., Custom Backpacking
I was a bit skeptical over how much I would get out of the backpacking trip since it was only two days and one night, but I was really happy to have signed up. I had hoped to learn enough during the course to be able to go backpacking by myself, and even though the trip was short, my goals were met and I’m confident enough now to be planning my own little wilderness escapade.
We had Archer as our instructor and not only was he knowledgeable and instructional, he is also a really cool guy and genuinely loves the outdoors. He acted more like a knowledgeable companion rather than a tour guide. We set our own pace and had the option to change the itinerary if we desired (within reason, of course). I really appreciated this as it made the experience that much more my own, as opposed to just being there for the ride.
Highly recommend Kaf Adventures. Would definitely take their mountaineering course too if I ever want to get into that.
Yulia K., El Potrero Chico Sport Climbing:
This was a completely new and exciting international climbing experience. I came away with lots of different rappelling and belay techniques, learned more about rope management and anchors, tried various climbing techniques, and just had a lot of fun. Mick was absolutely fabulous! His “people skills” combined with his experience and love of climbing made him a great companion and a wonderful instructor! I would like to say thank you to the entire Kaf Adventures team for making this adventure in El Potrero Chico possible! It was outstanding!
Mel Baldwin, El Potrero Chico 2015:
“What did I get out of my Mexico experience? The world. I climbed like I never thought I could. Kevin completely pushed my limits in a way that was so encouraging. I completely have my skills dialed in and know what sequential order to practice them in. Most importantly I was embraced by three strangers who felt like friends after the first night. Kevin’s laid back, open, calm, strong energy was key to getting us all to work as friends. I felt like for the first time I could be completely authentic with myself and it was fabulous. I felt accepted and fully supported by my Mexico team. Having a bi-lingual guide was super helpful especially since we stayed in a private casita. Kevin’s garbage eggs are a yummy way to start any day. Ending every climbing day with a beer or an Edgardo margarita just made life amazing. I am sad because the experience is over, but this experience just makes me want to have more like them and I will. Kevin mentioned Peru….I am already dreaming about it.”
Jessica R., Climbing 101:
“I just attended this course in August of 2012. The team of teachers where very patient, knowledgeable and had a great attitude. I can tell they love what they do and it was obvious they where there for us the students, to share their passion and truly wanted us to all learn and be able to climb on our own safely. The students where of all levels of climbing and seemed to all also have a great attitude. We all arrived as strangers and somehow parted as friends, knowing that climbing is not a solo activity. The day flew by but it was full of knots, belaying, real rock climbing, technical maneuvers and great companionship. I would recommend this class to anyone going alone or with friends who want to learn the basics on real rock, or want to be re-acclimated after having been absent to the climbing world and need a review. One of my favorite days so far this summer!”
Elena H., returning participant:
“What make a tour unforgettable are the people who guide it. With Kaf guides – Mick, Jason, Morgan, Wyatt, or anyone else from Kaf as each of them carry the spirit of passion – you will fall in love where they take you, you will experience indelible, you will be back again…
Courses I have taken with Kaf during 2012:
Rope Handling Clinic, Indoor Sport Leading Climbing, Outdoor Sport Lead Climbing, Rock Climbing 201, and Traditional Lead Climbing.”
Passion_dancer, Guided Climb:
“Where do I begin my rave about Kaf Adventures?! These guys are amazing, creative, safe and educational. A lovely group of 5 other ladies and I spent a day hiking and rock climbing with Mick and Trevor for quite possibly the best Bachelorette Party I have ever attended (apart from my own, of course;)). They were extremely knowledgeable, prepared, organized, fun and client-focused. My favorite part was when we came around a corner in the afternoon to find that the guys had changed outfits into a more “bachelorette party appropriate” attire! We about died laughing:) They also took the time to sneak up champagne, fruit, snacks, a bridal veil, and music for us to celebrate with at the end of a challenging day of climbing. We all left feeling accomplished, closer as friends, and now part of a greater community of outdoor enthusiasts. I love their focus on building community. If you have a chance to adventure with these guys, take it—they will rock your socks off!”
Sylvia O., Guided Climb:
“I have gone on multiple guided rock climbing trips with Kaf Adventures: Red Rocks and Leavenworth 2x, Smith Rock, and Joshua Tree. Each experience has been nothing short of fabulous. Kaf provides fun, challenging and safe rock climbing trips tailored to each client. Kaf guides are extremely personable and their primary goal is to make sure each climb/day is the best possible. I have also gone with other guide services and Kaf, by far, has been the best. Hands down, there is no better way to spend a day, weekend or week than with Kaf Adventures. Highly recommended.”
Mary, Sport Lead Climbing:
“Kaf has quality instructors that truly want you to succeed in being safe and having fun. Our instructor to student ratio on our day was 2:1! It made for a lot of personal attention. They used the time very effectively, giving us the opportunity to learn everything we needed to to sport lead, and repeat the important steps so we could lock them into memory. They changed the site of the class last minute so that we could have sunshine, even though it meant they had a longer work day out on the rocks. They’re good people 🙂 I highly recommend Kaf!”
Robert Lansdell, Guided Climb:
“I recommend Kaf for anyone who is aching for a healthy dose of adventure in their lives. Our guide Christian was so knowledgeable and supportive, we immediately felt confident that we were in good hands. The location we climbed at was perfect. There were so many routes of varying difficulty all in close proximity to each other and the landscape was stunning. We learned proper safety and climbing techniques, terminology and communication, basic knots, and how to read certain features in the rock. It was a truly rewarding and powerful experience. We even found wild raspberries, salmon berries, and huckleberries to sample along the trail to the walls. After our experience, it’s a certainty that we will be returning to Kaf for future mountain adventures.”
Mylene Macabeo, Intro to Mountaineering:
“Took the Intro to Mountaineering at Mt Baker with Kaf Adventures with my family last weekend and absolutely loved every single moment of it. We all had a blast. The guides were very competent, highly professional and did a fantastic job teaching us the technical skills we needed to do the climb. I highly recommend Kaf Adventures!”