Staff

A perk of doing what you love and working in a gym is that you can really be yourself and have fun.  Take a minute to read below and meet our staff.  We are proud of them all and feel that we have some of the best people in the industry, even if they look like a bunch of convicts.  🙂
Adrian (Owner / Co-Warden / RJ Thornton Manager)
Adrianwith RJ since January 2013
corporate@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Brookhaven, MS
Climbing Since: 2003
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rumbling Bald, Rifle, Shelf Road, Clear Creek.
Classes Offered: Introductory Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport and Trad. I like ropes and altitude.
Climbing Style: Flail, sweat, flail again!
Other Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fly Fishing
Anna (Owner / Co-Warden)
annawith RJ since January 2013
corporate@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Brookhaven, MS
Climbing Since: 2006
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rumbling Bald, Rifle, Shelf Road, Clear Creek, Eleven Mile Canyon
Classes Offered: None
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport and scrambling
Climbing Style: Slow and steady
Other Hobbies: Painting, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Pottery, Mom to three awesome boys.
Mike (RJ Centennial Manager)
Mikewith RJ since June 2011
mike@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Climbing Since: 2006
Favorite Climbing Areas: I love new areas, but have spent most of my time in Clear Creek Canyon
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Technique, Learn to Lead, Rappelling, Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I’m not picky. I boulder most often, but I’m a sport climber at heart.
Climbing Style: The goal is gracefully controlled movement, the result is often sloth-like.
Other Hobbies: Slacklining, Skiing, Soccer, Cycling.
Tim (RJ Thornton Youth Program Director)
Timwith RJ since December 2011
tim@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: Athens Ohio bouldering (yeap I said Ohio), Rocktown, The New, and Coopers.
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate Technique, Learn to Lead, Youth Programs, and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Bouldering is my passion. However I partake in both clipping bolts and slinging cams.
Climbing Style: Pinches and slopers are my pride and joy. Link them with a powerful move for a delightful session.
Other Hobbies: Disk golf, taking daughters outside, cooking and baking.
Dustyn (RJ Centennial Youth Program Director)
Dustynwith RJ since August 2013
dustyn@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: Southeast Bouldering (Rocktown, Chattanooga, HP40) The Red River Gorge, and New River Gorge.
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Technique, Learn to Lead, Youth Programs, and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I love bouldering, and also like sport and trad climbing, but not ice climbing.
Climbing Style: Compression, slopers, pinches… and big moves on big holds on steep walls.
Other Hobbies: Downhill mountain biking, motorbiking, snowboarding.
Keith (RJ Centennial Head Routesetter / Instructor)
Keithwith RJ since June 2011
keith@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rifle, RMNP, Clear Creek Canyon
Classes Offered: Introductory, Youth Programs, Learn to Lead, Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport climbing is my first love, but I’ll dabble in anything from bouldering to ice climbing to hanging out on a big wall.
Climbing Style: Steep, crispy and technical pump fest, with some power thrown in for good measure.
Other Hobbies: Photography & Skiing
Sean (RJ Thornton Assistant Manager / Instructor)
Seanwith RJ since March 2015
Hometown: Brown County, IN
Favorite Climbing Areas: Red River Gorge, Clear Creek Canyon
Classes Offered: Introductory Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Single pitch sport if it’s warm outside, if it’s cold I’m a total gym rat.
Climbing Style: I enjoy powerful reachy moves that require full commitment, but sometimes I like to play with some fancy foot work.
Other Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, climbing… trees.
Kegan (RJ Centennial Assistant Manager / Instructor)
Keganwith RJ since November 2015
kegan@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Canton, MI
Climbing since: 2003
Favorite Climbing Areas: Joe’s Valley, Utah and Newlin Creek, Colorado
Classes Offered: Youth Programs, Introductory and Private Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Pebble Wrestling, Practice climbing, the 6 move try hard. I’m talking about that Bouldering!
Climbing Style: I like good holds with hard moves, crimp or sloper ladders don’t appeal to me, I want to do some moves.
Other Hobbies: Eating cookie dough and shaping climbing holds
Amber (Instructor)
Amberwith RJ since August 2011
amber@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2001
Favorite Climbing Areas: Westfield Village Park, Stratford Lakes Park, Green Knolls Park, among many others.
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate, Learn to Lead
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Anything plastic, under six feet, preferably outdoors, and in close proximity to swings.
Climbing Style: It really depends on the weather. If it’s cold, I prefer corduroys with a hoodie, if it’s hot, a tank and spandex.
Other Hobbies: Singing, playing with my cats, I mean kids, juggling, and of course, cooking.
Drake (Instructor)
Drakewith RJ since November 2013
drake@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: I am somewhat of a gym rat, but I enjoy Flatirons Bouldering, Morrison, and Carter Lake.
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate Technique, Learn to Lead, and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I pretty much exclusively boulder.
Climbing Style: I enjoy pretty much everything in regards to style, the variety of movement is what keeps climbing exciting and interesting for me.
Other Hobbies: Video Games
Taylor (Instructor)
Taylorwith RJ since December 2013
taylor@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: The Gunks, and still exploring Colorado climbing areas.
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate Technique, Youth Programs, Jazzercise, Clogging, and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I don’t have a preferred discipline; I just want to get better at all forms of climbing!
Climbing Style: Cashmere sweater and a nice pair of slacks. If it’s warm out, I go for the deep v-neck and sandal-boots (bandals). I really enjoy all styles of climbing and try to include a variety into my sessions.
Other Hobbies: Yoga, eating, sleeping, and climbing.
Natalie (Instructor)
Nataliewith RJ since January 2014
natalie@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Austin, NC, & CO
Climbing Since: 2007
Favorite Areas: Red River Gorge, Ten Sleep, Hueco Tanks, and Rocktown
Classes Offered: Introductory, Intermediate Technique, Youth Programs and Private Lessons.
Preferred Discipline: Bouldering and sport climbing
Climbing Style: I love steep endurance climbing. I also enjoy the occasional V0 highball.
Other Hobbies: Occasional trad. Cats. Dogs. Prairie Dogs.
Matt (Instructor)
Mattwith RJ since January 2014
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Climbing Since: 2008
Favorite Areas: Red River Gorge KY, Winslow Wall AZ, Kelly Canyon AZ
Classes Offered: Circuit Training
Preferred Discipline: Bouldering and sport
Climbing Style: Compressing slopers and avoiding crimps whenever possible.
Other Hobbies: Canyoneering and Mountain Hiking
Clay (Instructor)
Claywith RJ since November 2014
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Climbing Since: 2007
Favorite Climbing Areas: Red River Gorge, Red Rocks Las Vegas, Rumney, NH, and Boulder Canyon
Classes Offered: Youth Programs, Introductory and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport, Trad, Ice, Aid, Big Wall Climbing, and Mountaineering
Climbing Style: I enjoy anything from technical slab to overhung and powerful.
Other Hobbies: Snowboarding, Beering, Backpacking
Kelly (Yoga Instructor)
Kellywith RJ since April 2015
yoga@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2008
Practicing Yoga Since: 2003
Favorite Climbing Areas: Yosemite, Moab, Zion, Joshua Tree, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon
Classes Offered: Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport and Trad
Climbing Style: Stretch Armstrong. I also love super technical balance-y climbs.
Other Hobbies: All forms of art and spending way to much time at art supply stores, reading self-help books, playing a number of musical instruments with mediocre skill, and being ridiculous.
Augy (Instructor)
Augywith RJ since April 2015
augy@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Climbing Since: 2004
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rumney, NH
Classes Offered: Competitive Youth Programs
Preferred Climbing Discipline: If I am climbing on rocks, I am happy.
Climbing Style: I try to be as well-rounded as possible, but I tend to do better on crimps.
Tiffany (Yoga Instructor)
Tiffanywith RJ since June 2015
yoga@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2010
Practicing Yoga Since: 2005
Favorite Climbing Areas: Shelf Road, Indian Creek, Boulder Canyon
Classes Offered: Vinyasa and Align & Flow
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport
Climbing Style: Independent climber
Isaiah (Instructor)
Isaiahwith RJ since September 2015
Hometown: Denver, CO
Climbing since: 2010
Favorite Climbing Areas: Clear Creek, Devils Head, Rock’n & Jam’n (gym rat), Guanella, currently seeking more
Classes Offered: Introductory Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Bouldering and Sport.
Climbing Style: I love technical and powerful combinations. I’ve been told I’m really good at falling.
Other Hobbies: Photography, video games, football, lifting, pretending that I eat healthy.
Shalisa (Instructor)
Shalisawith RJ since September 2015
Hometown: Afton, WY
Climbing since: 2011
Favorite Climbing Areas: I’ve like many of the areas I’ve climbed.
Classes Offered: Youth Programs.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: There is a special place in my heart for bouldering.
Climbing Style: I prefer technical climbs over anything powerful, especially if it is balanced or crimpy.
Other Hobbies: Anything to be outside, cooking/eating, and family time.
Brad (Instructor)
Bradwith RJ since October 2015
Hometown: Denver, CO
Climbing since: 2010
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rock’n & Jam’n 😉
Classes Offered: Youth Programs, Introductory Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Bouldering / Sport
Climbing Style: Powerful / Elegant
Other Hobbies: Photography & video games
Chris (Instructor)
Chriswith RJ since April 2016
Hometown: Pagosa Springs, CO
Climbing since: 1997
Favorite Climbing Areas: Cochise Stronghold, Sedona Spires, Granite Mountain, Tuolumne Meadows
Classes Offered: Introductory and Private Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Trad, but more bouldering and sport climbing now.
Climbing Style: Anything that challenges me.
Other Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Slacklining, Snowboarding, Kayaking.
Steve (Instructor)
Stevewith RJ since June 2016
Hometown: Madison, WI
Climbing since: 2003
Favorite Climbing Areas: The desert, big granite walls, pocketed limestone, sandstone boulders
Classes Offered: Youth Programs and Private Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: All things in balance (except ice climbing… too cold). I go through phases from bouldering to big wall. I probably sport climb the most.
Climbing Style: Reflective. I like to think (nerd out) about movement. I’m also really into moving efficiently and linking a bunch of pitches in a day.
Other Hobbies: Being a Husband and Dad. Reading. That’s about all I have time for since having a son. I used to ski, juggle, and compete in racquetball.
Travis (Instructor)
Traviswith RJ since August 2016
Hometown: Parker, CO
Climbing since: 2005
Favorite Climbing Areas: Castlewood, Eldo, Joshua Tree, Clear Creek
Classes Offered: Introductory and Private Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I sport climb most, but I think trad is pretty rad
Climbing Style: Technical on small holds makes me feel special
Other Hobbies: Snowboarding, backpacking, rangering, if I’m outside I’m pretty happy. I also really enjoy rocks.
Emma (Instructor)
Emmawith RJ since September 2016
Hometown: Parker, CO
Climbing since: 2010
Favorite Climbing Areas: I don’t climb outside much, but Clear Creek is pretty nice. I also like RJ.
Classes Offered: Youth Programs
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Bouldering and Sport
Climbing Style: Just about anything with crimps that isn’t too reachy. I also enjoy powerful moves sometimes.
Other Hobbies: Singing, reading, writing, and chilling with my goats, cat, and dogs.
Mila (Instructor)
Milawith RJ since November 2016
Hometown: Jackson, MS
Climbing since: 2014
Favorite Climbing Areas: City of Rocks, ID and Table Rock, NC
Classes Offered: Youth Programs
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Long trad multi-pitches with a decent approach.
Climbing Style: Going up, sometimes traversing.
Other Hobbies: Backpacking, white water canoeing, thinking about what to eat.