welcome desk staff

These should be the first smiling faces you see when you enter the facility, and the welcoming voices you hear when calling Rock Out Climbing Gym!

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Summer

Summer has been with rock out climbing gym since we opened in june of 2017 (ROUND HERE WE CALL HER THE o.g.)!  when not wearing her favorite color "rock out orange", you can find her in a pair of lA sportiva tarantulas, evolv shakras, or la sportiva oxygyms and carrying her 8b+ chalk bucket "herman" FILLED WITH FRICTION LABS UNICORN DUST (not pictured...) summer is a certified Cwa climbing wall instructor and BELAYS CHILDREN FOR OUR KINDER KLIMB PROGRAM EVERY OTHER WEEK. SHE HAS BECOME QUITE THE ROUTESETTER AND WE CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE PUTS UP NEXT!

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Hannah

hannah started climbing at rock out THEN quickly fell in love with the community and all the awesome people HERE. it wasn’t long before she was climbing outside with the rock out crew and begging us for a job! she not only holds a ms in NUTRITION, but is a registered and licensed DIETITIAN, holds a certificate in culinary arts, and is an ace certified personal trainer! she can be found wearing a big smile and her black diamond momentum shoes climbing whenever she has the chance. look for more from hannah here in the future…

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Sean

sean has been climbing at rock out since we opened in 2017. he started route setting with us last year and his routes quickly became very popular! sean is all in now as an employee with one of his sons in our youth climbing club. his routes keep getting better the more he climbs outside. He can be found wearing his Five tens or la sportivas otakis and always wearing a smile behind that beard. sean will be getting cwi certified in our next class and you can expect more of his routes to be filling the gym.

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Sarah

SARAH IS OUR MOST RECENT CONVERT FROM GYM MEMBER TO STAFF MEMBER! SHE STARTED CLIMBING HERE IN July of 2017 and finally became a member in 2018. she not only climbs but is also a photographer when she is not ringing up guests or chalking up to climb. she can be found wearing her red chili spirit shoes and carrying her amc panda bear chalk bag filled with friction labs chalk of course. you can also usually find sarah at one of our women’s climbing circle nights cheering on the ladies and showing them how it’s done.

management TEAM

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KEN

OWNER / ROUTE SETTER

 Climbing since 2007, Ken has climbed at facilities all over the world.  He is an Air Force Navigator with thousands of instructor hours and over 10 years instructing at formal training units.  

 Ken started climbing while involved in scouting and is an Eagle Scout.  He began gym climbing in New Mexico in 2007 at Stone Age Climbing Gym.  He is a National Outdoor Leadership School Certified Outdoor Educator and Leave No Trace Master Instructor as well as a Climbing Wall Association Climbing Wall Instructor. 

 Ken has been under the tutelage of Josh learning Route Setting since Rock Out Climbing Gym opened in 2017.  Although you can usually find him in the back office paying bills, occasionally you will spot him wearing a pair of climbing shoes and a smile!      

  

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JOSH

MANAGER / HEAD ROUTE SETTER / INSTRUCTOR

 The first time Josh walked into a climbing gym in 2000 he was instantly hooked.  He was labeled a "gym rat" right from the start! For the next three years, all he did was breath chalk dust, eat cliff bars and climb on plastic.  His motivation was and still is unsurpassed.
  He soon started making up boulder problems to keep himself psyched.  Without ever picking up a wrench or tap, his routes were loved by the community.  That gym owner then took him as a protege and started showing him the basics of "good" course setting.
  With a strong foundation under his belt, he started venturing out on his own to areas in the Northeast like Rumney, NH and the Gunks in NY.  Through the next couple of years he would find his forte in bouldering.  Places like Hueco Tanks, TX and Rocktown, GA brought his bouldering and routesetting to the next level.
  Josh is a CWI Instructor/Provider, USA Climbing Level-1 Setter, and a USA Climbing Coach.  He finds his passion in setting and coaching for the next generation of climbers, as they use their mind and body to find solutions to the world class routes here at Rock Out Climbing Gym!