About

Meet the Staff


Jared

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What you do: General Manager
Nickname: Scheduling Guy
Certifications: American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, Climbing Wall Association Instructor, Level 1 Rope Technician
At The River Rock since: before we opened
Climbing since: 1989 – first climbing trip to Maine. Changed my life.
Why you started: I grew up in Florida
Climbing inspiration: To climb again, soon. I hope.
Favorite climbing area: Vote is out on this one…
Dream climbing trip: Yvon Chouinard. Patagonia. Enough said.
Fun fact: Cynicism was a school of ancient Greek philosophy.
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Height: 6′
Ape Index: + 3
Favorite move: Hanging on
Favorite hold: Underclings


Ryan

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What I do: Youth Club Instructor, Head Class Instructor
Nickname: Sometimes the kids call me Supreme Overlord
Certifications: AMGA CWI
At the River Rock since: November 2013
Climbing since: January 2010
Why you started: Got badgered by a friend to go to the climbing wall while I was in college. Pretty much didn’t stop after that day.
Climbing inspiration: Gym members past the age of 60. It’s nice to know that I could potentially still be doing this for another 30 years.
Favorite climbing area: Bozoo, WV
Dream climbing trip: Squamish, BC
Fun fact: According to astronauts, moon dust smells like spent gunpowder.
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Height: 5’8″
Ape Index: +4
Favorite move: Flip flop double huck figure 27. Also, dynos.
Favorite hold: Pinches


Gabi


What you do: Office and Front End Manager
Nickname: Globby
Certifications: Basic First Aid/CPR
At The River Rock since: February 2014
Climbing since: January 2013
Why you started: I started in my outdoor program in college, but there was definitely some peer pressure involved.
Climbing inspiration: Mountain goats, honestly.
Favorite climbing area: The gym…
Dream climbing trip: Anywhere out west or in Europe!
Fun fact: I’ve never broken a bone!


Nathan


What you do: Head Route Setter, Youth Climbing Coach, and all around nice guy
Nickname: call me Nay Nay
Certifications: Professional Hot Dog Water Maker
At The River Rock since: 2014
Climbing since: 2013
Why you started: funsies and masochism
Climbing inspiration: totes goats
Favorite climbing area: NRG baby
Dream climbing trip: Anywhere with the homies
Fun fact: It’s a secret
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Height: 6′
Ape Index: 0
Favorite move: two steppin’ with my jays on
Favorite hold: rest “jugs”


Lucy

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What you do: Route Setter
Nickname: Lucy-little-fingers
Certifications: USAC Level 1 Route Setter
At The River Rock since: before we opened
Climbing since: June 2012
Why you started: I liked the puzzle aspect of it
Climbing inspiration: Ashima Shiraishi, Megan Mascerenas
Favorite climbing area: New River Gorge
Dream climbing trip: Anywhere with friends
Fun fact: I like birds and chocolate
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Height: 5’ 2.75”
Ape Index: -2.75”
Favorite move: hand-foot match
Favorite hold: cobbles


Jay


What you do: Engineer, Competitive Climbing Team Coach, Route Setter
Nickname: That guy with the headphones in
Certifications: USAC Certified Coach
At The River Rock since: Day 1
Climbing since: 2006
Why you started: I got tired of running from my problems and decided to climb away from them instead
Climbing inspiration: Dennis Bach, Ricky Parks, David Abbott, Eric Ball, Sadie Giles, Willow Ames
Favorite climbing area: The New River Gorge
Dream climbing trip: Espania
Fun fact: I can’t touch my toes
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Height: 6’0″
Ape Index: 0
Favorite move: Highstep Lockoff
Favorite hold: In-cut quarter pad crimps


Libby


What you do: General Staff
Nickname: Riblits, lib-lodge
At The River Rock since: September 2014
Climbing since: February 2013
Why you started: Climbing is better than running
Climbing inspirations: Lynn Hill
Favorite climbing area: Rumbling Bald (near Asheville, NC)
Dream Climbing trip: Crete, Greece
Fun fact: I still buy CDs because cloud technology intimidates me


Dennis

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What you do: Route Setter
At The River Rock since: Shortly after it opened
Climbing since: Fall 2013
Why you started: It looked like fun and because of all the amazing places that it takes you.
Climbing inspirations: Joe Kinder, Dave Graham, cats climbing trees.
Favorite climbing area: El Salto, Mexico or New River Gorge, WV.
Dream Climbing trip: Probably France or Spain
Fun fact: I like cats…
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Height: 5′ 10″
Ape Index: -1.5″
Favorite move: taking a fatty whip!
Favorite hold: crimps


Hannah


What you do: Front Desk and General Staff
Nickname: Globby
Certifications: Basic First Aid/CPR, Forklift
At The River Rock since: December 2016
Climbing since: 2017
Climbing inspirations: Margo Hayes, Ashima Shiraishi, Sasha DiGiulian
Favorite climbing area: The gym! But hopefully I’ll find my favorite outdoor spots this year!
Dream climbing trip: France!
Fun fact: I like badminton!


Katie


What you do: General Staff
Nickname: Quatie
Certifications: Basic First Aid/CPR, WFA
At The River Rock since: 2015
Climbing since: 2014
Why you started: girls just wanna have fun
Climbing inspiration: no handed climbing with Johnny Dawes
Favorite climbing area: New River Gorge
Dream climbing trip: Yosemite
Fun fact: I do lots of other fun outdoor stuff too! Feel free to ask me about it


Hope

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What you do: Front Desk, General Staff, Route Setter
Nickname: Pope
At The River Rock since: March 2017
Climbing since: November 2015
Why you started: Looking for a new form of workout.
Climbing inspiration: Alex Puccio and Sierra Blair-Coyle
Favorite climbing area: the gym
Dream climbing trip: Red Rocks or anywhere out west
Fun fact: I used to compete in a gravity sport called dirt surfing.
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Height: 5’4″
Ape Index: 0
Favorite move: Mantle
Favorite hold: Baby moons!


Chad

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What you do: Route Setter
Nickname: Rad Chad
At The River Rock since: 2016
Climbing since: the 1990’s
Why you started: I thought climbing appeared to be awesome. Then I found out it actually is awesome!
Climbing inspiration: Alpine Jesse
Favorite climbing area: Summersville Lake, WV
Dream climbing trip: Starting with Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia, hit up Asia and Europe, some first ascents in Africa. Bust up to North America for some Alaska, Canada, and El Cap before moving down to the Andes and Patagonia with a possible finish in the Antarctic. Or deep water soloing at Summersville Lake, WV.
Fun fact: My dog knows exactly how to slip his collar.
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Height: 5’8″
Ape Index: -2″
Favorite move: Easy dynos that look huge.
Favorite hold: Manky credit card crimpers and tension toe scums.


Kelsey


What you do: Front Desk
Nickname: Bean
At The River Rock since: April 2018
Climbing since: January 2017
Why you started: My best friend Hope brought me to the River Rock and I’ve loved climbing ever since!
Climbing inspiration: My hamster… she can climb anything.
Favorite climbing area: The gym
Dream climbing trip: Anywhere with my amazing friends!
Fun fact: I was an all-star cheerleader for 7 years.


Dom


What you do: General Staff
Nickname: Dom
At The River Rock since: March 9th, 2018
Climbing since: Dabbling since 2014
Why you started: Some friends asked if I wanted to go climb some rocks. I said “sure.”
Climbing inspiration: Mountains
Favorite climbing area: Seneca Rocks, WV
Dream climbing trip: Devil’s Tower (Durrance 5.7)
Fun fact: I like backpacking and I ate a whole stick of butter once. Just to see if I could.


Evan


What you do: Route Setter
Nickname: Are nicknames still a thing?
At The River Rock since: 2018
Climbing since: 2017
Why you started: Peer pressure. Stay in school, kids.
Climbing inspiration: Megos
Favorite climbing area: Bishop for bouldering and Smith Rock for sport
Dream climbing trip: Dreams are fake news? But Flagstaff would be metal.
Fun fact: Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.
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Height: 5’10”
Ape Index: +0 on a good hair day
Favorite move: Unnecessary leg contortions
Favorite hold: Please make my fingers scream


Willow


What you do: Route Setter
At The River Rock since: 2016?
Climbing since: 2015
Why you started: Came with a friend and stuck with it
Climbing inspiration: Margo Hayes
Favorite climbing area: New River Gorge, WV and Hueco Tanks, TX
Dream climbing trip: Probs Spain
Fun fact: Mice are the popcorn of nature
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Height: 5’6 and a half
Ape Index: 2.8″
Favorite move: Lock-offs fo sho
Favorite hold: Credit card edges


Davis


What you do: Route Setter
Nickname: Day Day
At The River Rock since: 2018
Climbing since: September 2013
Why you started: Scared of the ground squirrels
Climbing inspiration: Alex Honnold
Favorite climbing area: New River Gorge
Dream climbing trip: Red Rocks
Fun fact: My last pancake was $11
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Height: 5’5″
Ape Index: +1″
Favorite move: Drop knee
Favorite hold: Big jug with a snake


Sarah


What you do: General Staff
Certifications: First Aid, CPR, Level 1 Archery Instructor
At The River Rock since: October 2018
Climbing since: June 2005
Why you started: I went to a rock climbing summer camp and fell in love with it
Climbing inspiration: My future climbing self
Favorite climbing area: The cove
Dream climbing trip: Coasts of Thailand
Fun fact: My favorite climbing I’ve ever done was a free rappel in Hanging Rock State Park. The first time I did it I overcame so many fears and sparked a life long love of climbing.


Matthew


What you do: General Staff
Nickname: The new guy
Certifications: CPR/First Aid, basic pick-off training (thanks Ryan)
At The River Rock since: October 2018
Climbing since: Since I climbed out of the womb (began serious rock climbing in college, 2014)
Why you started: Found a good gang of climbers!
Climbing inspiration: Cedar Wright + all my friends
Favorite climbing area: Sandrock, AL / Pigeon Mt., GA
Dream climbing trip: Caravan a bunch of rigged out Sprinters into South America and see what we find.
Fun fact: I rode my mountain bike nearly 3000 miles from Banff, AB to Antelope Wells, NM!