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Adrian (Owner / Co-Warden / RJ Thornton Manager)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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 sometimes sloth-like.
Other Hobbies: Slacklining, Skiing, Soccer, Cycling.


Tim (RJ Thornton Youth Program Director)
with 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.


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Dustyn (RJ Centennial Youth Program Director)
with 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.


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Keith (RJ Centennial Head Routesetter / Instructor)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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.


Clay (Instructor)
with 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)
with 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.


Isaiah (Instructor)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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


Nick (Instructor)
with RJ since April 2016
Hometown: Laramie, WY
Climbing since: 2009
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rifle, Rock’n & Jam’n
Classes Offered: Youth Programs, Introductory and Private Lessons.
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport climbing for life!
Climbing Style: Buttery smooth. I like slopey technical nightmares.
Other Hobbies: Reading, long walks on the beach, planking, and Dadding


Chris (Instructor)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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)
with 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.


Jason (Counter / Routesetter)
with RJ since December 2016
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Climbing since: 2001
Favorite Climbing Areas: Last Chance Canyon, RRG, NRG, Utah Hills, Ten Sleep, I love pretty much the whole USA!
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport and Bouldering in equal doses.
Climbing Style: Crimpy, steep, powerful, pumpy… I’d rather look good and lose, than look bad and win!
Other Hobbies: Trail running, exploring, being a dad!


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Alena (Instructor)
with RJ since May 2017
Hometown: Denver, CO
Climbing since: 2012
Favorite Climbing Areas: Rifle
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport
Climbing Style: High feet, lock offs, maybe some power, and drop knees where there shouldn't be drop knees
Other Hobbies: Baking, skiing, being in high school


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Evan (Instructor)
with RJ since August 2017
Hometown: Parker, CO
Climbing since: 2015
Favorite Climbing Areas: Boulder Canyon, Devil's Head
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Trad and Sport Multi-pitch
Other Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Mountaineering, Gear Shopping


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Nathan M (Instructor)
with RJ since August 2017
Hometown: Potsdam, NY
Climbing since: 2010
Favorite Climbing Areas: The great outdoors
Preferred Climbing Discipline: Sport
Climbing Style: Try for fluid, achieve something else
Other Hobbies: Cycling, backpacking, reading, running, baking, cooking, skiing, snowshoeing