A Guided climber on the rock climbing crags of Donner Summit

Blackbird Acquires NASTC Rock Climbing School & Rock Guide Service

A Climber with a guide at Lover's Leap in Tahoe
A climber following a guide on a rock climb at Lover's Leap in Lake Tahoe.  Photo: Zeb Blais


Blackbird Acquires NASTC Rock Climbing School & Rock Guide Service

2024-05-28  |  Lake Tahoe Rock Climbing

This week, Blackbird Mountain Guides announced that they have acquired NASTC Rock Climbing School and Rock Guide Service in Lake Tahoe. NASTC was founded by Jenny and Chris Fellows and is widely respected as one of the leaders in Rock Climbing guiding and instruction in the Lake Tahoe area.

Over the years, many mountain guides around Lake Tahoe have benefited from working for NASTC. One of these guides is Zeb Blais, former Avalanche Course Leader and ski guide at NASTC, and now the owner and founder of Blackbird Mountain Guides. With the acquisition of NATSC's Rock Guide Service and Climbing School, the relationship and trust built over the years between the Chris and Jenny Fellows and Zeb Blais, has truly come full circle.

Jenny Fellows, NASTC’s Co-Director, said:

"We are very pleased to be selling to Zeb and Blackbird Mountain Guides. They run a highly respected backcountry ski, avalanche, mountaineering, and rock-climbing school. We have known Zeb for many years and respect him very much.

Blackbird is a standout company in the mountain guiding world and has proven itself in the local and international guide community by employing a strong roster of AMGA-trained and certified guides.”

Zeb Blais, Blackbird’s owner & founder, and the Blackbird team are equally delighted about this acquisition, saying: 

"We are beyond excited to be carrying on the legacy NASTC has built for rock climbing guiding and instruction in Lake Tahoe. We are committed to upholding the quality and reputation that the Fellows have built over decades.

We are deeply humbled by Chris and Jenny’s trust in the Blackbird team to build on their legacy. We share their commitment serve NASTC’s long-standing clients with highly trained guides and outstanding customer service.

We're also enthusiastic about the opportunity to offer our now combined, loyal clients new climbing programs with the greater permit areas that Blackbird has to offer."

Post acquisition, Blackbird will offer the same, well-loved programs that NASTC has offered for years, while offering several new programs previously unavailable for NASTC climbers.  New programs include:

Blackbird Mountain Guides will also offer loyal NASTC climbers opportunities for mountaineering across the west coast and internationally.  NASTC climbers desiring to elevate their climbing to the big mountains, will now have the opportunity to climb Mountaineering / Alpine climbing objectives in California, Washington, and world-wide with some of their favorite guides.  Blackbird's mountaineering offerings include:
Lovers Leap rock climbing guides
The steep cliffs at Lover's Leap in Lake Tahoe will now be available to NASTC's clientele through Blackbird Mountain Guides.  Photo: Zeb Blais
Lovers Leap rock climbing guides The steep cliffs at Lover's Leap in Lake Tahoe will now be available to NASTC's clientele through Blackbird Mountain Guides.
A guided climber perched on top of the pure quartz summit of Crystal Crag. 
A Rock Climbing guide on Donner Summit in Truckee, Lake Tahoe
A rock-climbing guide on Donner Summit in Truckee, Lake Tahoe. Photo: Zeb Blais

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