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 or evolv shakras 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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Josie

josie came to us from years of lifeguarding in destin and recreation management at a local area beach resort. her passion of working with youth is a welcome addition to our team and look for her working with those junior climbers during all of our youth camps and club events! we’re getting her into her own climbing shoes soon and can’t wait to see where she takes her experience at rock out. for now, look for her welcoming you and providing you with everything you need for a memorable rock out climbing gym experience!

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!