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
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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)

anna
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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
Brian
(RJ1 Manager)

BrianSince January 14, 2007
brian@climbthebest.com
Climbing Since: 2000
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rumney NH, New River Gorge WV, any place new that I get to explore for the first time.
Classes able to teach: Introductory, Intermediate Technique, Advanced Technique, Learn to Lead, and Private Lessons
Preferred Climbing Discipline: You are most likely to find me on sport routes. Although, I do like to mix it up every once and a while with some big alpine trad lines and when it snows overhanging mixed climbing.
Climbing Style: I tend to be a very technical climber. I like small crimps and usually vertical to slab routes. More recently I have been climbing more of Eldo’s scary routes and am finding that sometimes it is fun to run things out a bit.
Other Hobbies: Running, cycling, and Tele-skiing take up the majority of my non-climbing time outside of the gym.
Tricia
(RJ2 Manager)

TriciaSince September 4, 2004
tricia@climbthebest.com
Climbing since 1996
Favorite Climbing Areas: I’m a fair weather climber. My favorite place depends on the temperature at the moment and the preferred amount of sunshine.
Classes able to teach: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Technique, Learn to Lead, Rappelling, Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport climbing followed by bouldering
Climbing Style: I like slabs – the kind where exhaling too hard can blow you off the wall
Other Hobbies: Biking, photography, cooking, and in general spending time with quality people.
Brandi
(RJ1 Assistant Manager)

BrandiSince August 14, 2012
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 Assistant Manager)

MikeKSince June 25, 2011
Climbing Since: 2006
Favorite Climbing Areas: I love new areas, but have spent most of my time in Clear Creek and Castlewood Canyons
Classes able to teach: Introduction to Climbing, Kids Can Belay Too
Preferred Climbing Discipline: I’m not picky. I probably boulder most often, but I love sport climbing as well.
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: Soccer is the only other sport I have any aptitude for, but I’ve been slowly picking up skiing since moving to Denver in ’09
Amber
(Instructor)
AmberSince August 19, 2011
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
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



Dustyn
(Instructor)
DustynSince 2013
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
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.

Kim
(Instructor)
KimSince 2013
Favorite Climbing Areas: Hueco Tanks, Bishop
Classes able to teach: Introductory, Intermediate and Private Lessons. I am a Certified Personal Trainer and can develop lessons or programs on any body related question you may have.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Boulderer. Short powerful sport climbs.
Climbing Style: I love to find new stuff. Quality over quantity!
Other Hobbies: Sky diving, snowboarding, martial arts, and coffee.



Taylor
(Instructor)
TaylorSince December 2013
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.

Tim
(Instructor)
TimSince December 20, 2011
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.