Paul Espinoza III

BSA Climbing Director/Instructor


Paul has been technical climbing since the early 1970's in Joshua Tree, Taquitz/Suicide, Yosemite, Castle Rock, Parris Lake and Mt. Rubidoux just to name a few areas. He has always been grateful to those who took the time in the early years to teach him the art of safe climbing. He began teaching others in entry level rock climbing during those early years. In the mid.90's he was asked to help organize Girl and Cub Scout climbing outings for his daughter's and son's packs. and then troops.  So he was already educating Boy Scouts in climbing, when the call came to become a BSA qualified Instructor for his son's troop and then for Old Baldy Council as Council Climbing Director.  He was instrumental in building safe climbing programs for Old Baldy Council, the San Gabriel Valley Council, and the California Inland Empire Council, as will as teaching at the National Camp school Climbing Director Program.  He volunteers his services to scout troops from Ventura to San Diego and as far off as Las Vegas and Utah. He continues to serve as the bsaonbelay chairman and troop outing coordinator as well as the new training officer and course director for the SGVC  climbing committee programs.

BSA Climbing and Adult Course Activities

Lead Instructor bsaonbelay Anchor Courses
 Instructor-in-Training Coordinator
Training Officer SGVC Climbing Committee 09-10
Helped bsaonbelay reach an all time season high of 647 scouts and adults facilitated during the 2007-2008 season
 Re-joined SGVC HAT Team 09
CIEC Climbing Course Director 2007
Member CIEC Climbing Committee 2007
Attended NCS Director Re-qualification Course 2006
American Red Cross CPR/1st Aid/wilderness Aid Certified
Attended 7 day AMGA Top rope Manager Course 2004
Refurbished and painted HVSR climbing tower and also
Donated and built practice tower for safer training in 2004
BSA Climbing Tower Inspector Since 2003
Staff on BSA NCS Climbing Director Course 2003
OBC HAT Team Member 2001 thru 2006
Started the OBC Climbing program in 2001
Started bsaonbelay and website in 2001
Trained HVSC Climbing Tower Staff 01,03,04
Attended NCS BSA Climbing Director Course 2001
Member SGC HAT Climbing team from 1999-2003
Woodbadge W4-43-99 Bear (Of Course)
OBC SALT and BLT Staff 1999-2002
Attended DPC Instructor Course 1998
OBC Climbing Merit Badge Councilor 95-96
Became a BSA Climbing Instructor for OBC in 1995
Started T-220 climbing program 1995
Took 2 professional rock climbing courses through:
 Vertical Adventures AMGA in 1995
(To satisfy the 10 hours needed of training in COS)
First took Boy Scouts climbing
in early 70's


Other High adventure activities:

Longboard Surfing
Scuba Diving (open water certified)
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking single track downhill
Long distance cycling (Double Centuries)
1st LA Marathon
Mini Triathlons (Bud Lite Series)
HAT Equestrian program (OBC)
Long/Short term Backpacking
Rock Climbing Trad & AID
Video High Angle Rigger
Carpenter 40+ years

Joined Wrightwood/Phelan Volunteer Search and Rescue Team in 2006 Certification courses taken; BSAR, TRBC, EVOC, BMC
ICS-100,200,and 300,NIMS-700,4X4, HMMWV Course,
Avalanche Awareness,
USAR Orientation, Investigative Tracking Basics , Hug-a-Tree
Associate Member MRA

WPSAR Team Climbing Anchor Course @ J-Tree, 08-09

Attended 6 day Ropes that Rescue Intermediate
Level Technical Rope Rescue Class's 2007-2008-2012
Now classified; SBSAR Intermediate Rope Technician
WPSAR Vice Commander-2011