GroupphotoStaff

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)

AdrianSince January 1, 2013
corporate@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Brookhaven, MS
Climbing Since: 2003, but very little the past 5 yrs. That changes NOW!
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rumbling Bald, Rifle, Shelf Road, Clear Creek.
Classes able to teach: Introductory
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport and Trad. I like ropes and altitude.
Climbing Style: Sloppy. That changes NOW!
Other Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fly Fishing
Anna
(Owner/ Co-Warden)

annaSince January 1, 2013
corporate@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Brookhaven, MS
Climbing Since: 2006, but very little the past 5 yrs. That changes NOW!
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rumbling Bald, Rifle, Shelf Road, Clear Creek
Classes able to teach: Painting
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport and scrambling
Climbing Style: Not sure yet
Other Hobbies: Painting, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Brandi
(RJ1 Manager)

BrandiSince August 14, 2012
brandi@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2007
Favorite Climbing Areas: Hueco Tanks, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch… I like most places!
Classes able to teach: Introductory Lesson, Private Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I discovered climbing through bouldering and always love a challenging problem! I also enjoy sport and trad. My preferred discipline just depends on the day.
Climbing Style: I am trying to improve on powerful, dynamic moves but have always enjoyed balanced, crimpy lines.
Other Hobbies: Running, playing guitar, and hanging out with my puppy & husband.
Mike
(RJ2 Manager)

MikeSince June 25, 2011
mike@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2006
Favorite Climbing Areas: I love new areas, but have spent most of my time in Clear Creek Canyon
Classes able to teach: 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: As I’m tall, a sparse and/or reachy route is always fun for me, especially one that requires interesting balance and footwork. Power isn’t really my forte.
Other Hobbies: Slacklining, Skiing, Soccer, Cycling, anything else that gets me outside.
Tim
(Instructor)
TimSince December 20, 2011
tim@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: Athens Ohio bouldering (yeap I said Ohio), Rocktown, The New, and Coopers.
Classes able to teach: 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
(Instructor)
DustynSince 2013
dustyn@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: Southeast Bouldering (Rocktown, Chattanooga, HP40) The Red River Gorge, and New River Gorge.
Classes able to teach: 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.
Jamie
(Instructor)
JamieSince 2007
jamie@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: I love the Red River Gorge and Rifle
Classes able to teach: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Technique, Learn to Lead, Boy Scout Merit Badge, Adventure Race Certification, and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I am first and foremost a sport climber. I do boulder and trad climb, but that’s not where I have the most fun. I have also tried ice, but it’s definitely not for me.
Climbing Style: I like powerful, dynamic and steep lines. I am no good at thin and technical.
Other Hobbies: Backcountry skiing, music, and the most recently longboarding.
Amber
(Instructor)
AmberSince August 19, 2011
amber@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2001
Favorite Climbing Areas: Westfield Village Park, Stratford Lakes Park, Green Knolls Park, among many others.
Classes able to teach: 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)
DrakeSince 2013
drake@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: I am somewhat of a gym rat, but I enjoy Flatirons Bouldering, Morrison, and Carter Lake.
Classes able to teach: 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)
TaylorSince December 2013
taylor@climbthebest.com
Favorite Climbing Areas: The Gunks, and still exploring Colorado climbing areas.
Classes able to teach: 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)
NatalieSince January 2014
natalie@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Austin, NC, & CO
Climbing Since: 2007
Favorite Areas: Red River Gorge, Ten Sleep, Hueco Tanks, and Rocktown
Classes able to teach: 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.
Sean
(Instructor)
SeanSince March 12, 2015
sean@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Brown County, IN
Favorite Climbing Areas: Red River Gorge, Clear Creek Canyon
Classes able to teach: 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.
Travis
(Instructor)
TravisSince April 17, 2015
travis@climbthebest.com
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Favorite Climbing Areas: Red River Gorge
Classes able to teach: Introductory Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport does it for me. Since moving to Colorado, I’ve gotten into bouldering more. I’m also a big fan of traversing.
Climbing Style: I really enjoy technical and powerful climbs. I’m fairly flexible so you might see me pulling some awkward looking unorthodox moves. If it feels right in the moment, I’ll do it.
Other Hobbies: Music, cooking snowboarding, spatial design – exploring.
Kelly
(Yoga Instructor)

TriciaSince April 2015
Climbing since 2008
Yoga-ing since 2003
Favorite Climbing Areas: Yosemite, Moab, Zion, Joshua Tree, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon
Classes able to teach: 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.