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Markus Jolliff has been an avid climber since 1985. He began his career as a climbing instructor and outdoor educator in 1989 at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo where he received a BA in Recreation Administration. For 10 years he worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) throughout the Western United States, teaching rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, and other outdoor skills. The lure of 9 months a year of great climbing led Joshua Tree to become a place of residence, and a local guiding career grew with his cragging practice. He became an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor in 1998 in Yosemite, and after guiding for Yosemite Mountaineering School he co-founded Uprising Adventures in Joshua Tree, for which he guided 10 years.

Markus Climbing Education, both of himself and others, has always been integral to Markus’ relationship with the outdoor world. Finding that the American Mountain Guides Association held an educational philosophy akin to his own, he began to develop a relationship with the AMGA in 1996. Now he is honored to be one of a ‘handful’ nationwide who trains and certifies other SPI course providers. Markus particularly enjoys facilitating AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Courses and Exams, and teaching other classes that help climbers expand their abilities.

In his spare time, Markus Jolliff, who whole heartedly embraces Jolliffication daily, loves to climb on the cliffs of Joshua Tree National Park as much as people like ice cream and movies. When not climbing, Markus can be found tinkering around his home in north Joshua Tree, fabricating functional art, exploring the desert and mountains, rowing down a river, or hooping, dancing, and celebrating with friends.


Began climbing in Yosemite
Climbed his first big wall in Yosemite
Began teaching climbing, Student outings at Cal Poly State University Studying Outdoor Recreation
Taught Mountaineering expedition at NOLS Wyoming . . . then was captivated by 10 consecutive summer back country expeditions in the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming. Climbed El Capitan for the first time.
Graduated Cal Poly with a BA in Recreation, Outdoor Focus
Needed a place to live, Joshua Tree became the winter place of residence . . .Local guiding career grew with his climbing practice.
Adventures as a NOLS instructor in the North Cascades of Washington, Arizona’s wilderness, Nevada’s Red Rocks and Mexico’s Baja.
Became an Outward Bound Instructor in the North West
Climbed to 22,600 ft on Mt. Aconcagua
Received AMGA Certification as a Rock Instructor in Yosemite
Yosemite Mountaineering School guiding
Created Uprising Adventures in Joshua Tree
2002 Started a personal yoga practice
2003 Learned how to hula hoop
Became a course provider for the American Mountain Guides Associaion (AMGA)
2006 Began to train other AMGA course providers
2008 Finished building a Straw Bale Dome
Now Smiling!


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