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


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!


Mike


What you do: General Staff, Route Setter, Defense Consultant
Nickname: Davis’ Dad
Certifications: Outdoor Emergency Care (Nat’l Ski Patrol)
At The River Rock since: We opened
Climbing since: See above
Why you started: Fun sport to do with my boys
Climbing inspiration: Davis Lee
Favorite climbing area: Hueco Tanks
Dream climbing trip: TBD

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Height: 5’6
Ape Index: Doesn’t matter, do more pull-ups than push-ups.
Favorite move: Nothing in particular
Favorite hold: Real rock


Hope

 

What you do: Front Desk, General Staff, Youth Club
Nickname: Mom
At The River Rock since: March 2017
Climbing since: November 2015
Why you started: Was tired of the normal gym scene.
Climbing inspiration: Kyra Condie
Favorite climbing area: Grayson Highlands
Dream climbing trip: Joshua Tree


Kelsey

 

What you do: Office and Front End Manager
Nickname: Bean, Belsey
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: Yosemite
Fun fact: I was a competitive cheerleader for 7 years.


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


Will

What you do: General Staff, Route Setter
Nickname: Billiam
At The River Rock since: 2013
Climbing since: I was born from crimps
Why you started: Nathan Kinzie
Climbing inspiration: Psaaat Man
Favorite climbing area: Any SWVA sandstone
Dream climbing trip: Virgin Gorda
Fun fact: I have 87 toes.


Height: 5’10”
Ape Index: +2
Favorite move: Deadpoint
Favorite hold: Mono


Kristian

What you do: Head Routesetter
Nickname: Krusty
Certifications: Professional Sandbagger
At The River Rock since: 2017
Why you started: I enjoy puzzles and moving the body
Climbing inspiration: Like people? Nate Witt and Paul Robinson
Favorite climbing area: SWVA (Grayson Highlands, Guest River Gorge)
Dream climbing trip: Hueco Tanks, TX/Fountainebleau, France
Fun fact: I enjoy woodworking in my spare time

Height: 5’10”
Ape Index: +2ish
Favorite move: Anything awkward that makes you think and try hard, but who doesn’t enjoy a good deadpoint.
Favorite hold: Big bad slopers and small good crimps 


Madison

What you do: Front Desk, General Staff, Route Setter
Nickname: Madvick
At The River Rock since: February 2021
Climbing since: November 2020
Why you started: My boyfriend
Climbing inspiration: To be better than my boyfriend
Favorite climbing area: Slab wall
Dream climbing trip: Arches National Park
Fun fact: I’ve never had a Chick-Fil-A sandwich

Height: 5’6″
Ape Index: +4
Favorite move: Deadpoint
Favorite hold: Pinches