Our Guides

Garrett Bennett - Senior Guide / Owner
Garrett Bennett - Senior Guide / Owner
Garrett Bennett -
Senior Guide / Co-Founder

Garrett began climbing at age 12 and has more than two decades of experience rock climbing, canyoneering and hiking in over ten countries, across five different continents. He is certified in high angle rescue, confined space rescue, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Garrett graduated from Arizona State University with honors and prior to founding CenterFocus, he had eight years of guiding experience working for multiple adventure companies. Garrett has also guided in the jungles of Central America. Garrett was a manager of the Climbmax - Climbing Center in Phoenix. Additionally, he had been the lead climbing guide for various climbing programs where he certified and trained other guides. He has worked with the United States Forest Service as a Wildland firefighter for five seasons where he also served as an orienteering instructor. His attention to detail is impeccable, his commitment to client satisfaction is unabating, and his passion for the wilderness is never-ending which is why he earned his certification as an ACA Certified Pro Guide. He somehow manages to get 30 hours of work done every day and has for the past five years. When he's not guiding Garrett can be found cleaning up local canyons and researching environmental law.

David Malpas - Internet Marketing / Co-Founder
David Malpas -

Dave, a native of New Jersey, graduated from the University of Mass., Amherst before moving to Arizona. He has been climbing for over 15 years and hiking for well over 20. Dave has had several years of guiding experience with various southwest adventure companies. Dave's outdoor leadership skills were honed at a young age in scouting where he achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. He is a former firefighter/EMT, and also worked for the United States Forest Service as a Wildland firefighter and CPR instructor. Dave has climbed extensively around the United States and in Europe, and recently spent time sailing throughout the Caribbean on an old sailboat that he retrofitted for his mission on the sea there. He is currently deployed to McMurdo Station in Antarctica, establishing remote field camps for scientific research.

David Klingbeil - Ranch Manager / Senior Canyoneering Guide
David Klingbeil -
Owner at Phoenix Wilderness Adventures

As caretaker for the Rocking X Ranch in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, David serves as the adventure ranch manager and canyoneering guide for Phoenix Wilderness Adventures. In addition to potentially being the fastest hiker on earth, David knows the Anchas like his own back yard - as they are literally his own backyard. David is medically qualified and has served as a backcountry ranger for the Forest Service in these areas. He has been an avid rock climber for over ten years and has also served as a guide for multiple adventure companies where he learned to walk just a little bit slower for his clients.