Meet the people who make up Mesa Rim.

Site Management Team

Ian “ism” McIntosh

Ian “ism” McIntosh

President + L5 National Chief Setter

ianmcintosh@mesarim.com

A few months after learning the basics of climbing, Ian sold everything he owned, bought a rack, and embarked on an extended stay on the road pursuing climbing and adventure in Yosemite, Bishop, Colorado, Wyoming, Canada, Alaska, and then overseas before settling in Seattle to study Politics and Philosophy at Seattle University. Over the years, his relationship with climbing has evolved to include all of its disciplines with a fervor to continually meet new challenges and develop as a person through climbing and holistic practices. Currently, in addition to managing Mesa Rim. Ian is co-authoring a guide book to Black Mountain Bouldering and setting National level climbing competitions. Ian joined the Mesa Rim team in its infancy when the rock climbing walls were mere skeletons.

Ranelle Kain

Ranelle Kain

Owner

ranelle@mesarim.com

As a native Californian, Ranelle Kain balanced her love of the outdoors with a passion for well being and exercise. She entered into the Health and Wellness field, where she found exceptional contentment in Chiropractic care. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Ranelle has been able to help others maintain wellness by treating and educating individuals how to balance mind, body and spirit in their daily lives. Ranelle’s passion for climbing is not only shared between herself and Bob, but also with their son, who’s quite a natural! She is the drive behind the integration of Mesa Rim Wellness services within the gym, which promises to balance thrill-seekers with overall wellness care and education.

Robert "Bob" Kain

Robert "Bob" Kain

Chairman and Partner

bob@mesarim.com

With a passion for the outdoors and active lifestyle, Bob was immediately hooked when he discovered rock climbing over a decade ago. Though he was working in biotech at the time, his entrepreneurial side was a catalyst for taking his passion to the next level and sharing climbing with others even more so. The idea of building a leading indoor climbing center in San Diego would eventually be a reality of an amazing space for the growing climbing community. In 2010, Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center opened in Mira Mesa, and Bob’s been climbing higher ever since.

These days, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, working as an advisor in the Biotech space, and being active (climbing and yoga of course)! You’re likely to see him during the week at Mesa Rim, sharing his excitement and passion with others. He feels very fortunate to have Ian McIntosh as a friend and partner, and to have a great Mesa Rim Team.

Parker Onufer

Parker Onufer

Mission Valley Site Manager

parker@mesarim.com

Bio coming soon!

Stacy Steirnagle

Stacy Steirnagle

Mission Valley Assistant Site Manager

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
I think my spirit animal is a mountain goat, although, I have yet to find anybody that agrees with this.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere for two weeks I would camp along the Ring Road in Iceland.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
A movie about my life would be a futuristic slap stick comedy with Meg Ryan playing the role of me; a retired UFO analyst with a passion for jungle-themed interior design.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Favorite place I’ve climbed is Marble Mountains in Vietnam

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I’m inspired by humanity.

Hunter Moffitt

Hunter Moffitt

Mira Mesa Assistant Site Manager

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal is a Murder of Crows. *Caawww!*

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks I would ride through Brazil on a sweet electric bicycle playing futbol, climbing, SCUBA diving and practicing my non-existent Portuguese.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
My movie would be an Introspective Biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
My secret deep water soloing spot in Santee!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Sage burning ceremonies in the desert.

Keegan Dimmick

Keegan Dimmick

Mira Mesa Site Manager

Keegan is from Virginia and has been climbing for almost ten years. His first climb ever was a lead climb (that’s another story) in the George Washington National Forest and he was terrified… and instantly addicted. His favorite part of climbing is the people he’s met and the places he’s traveled. His top three climbing destinations so far are Red River Gorge, Red Rocks, and El Potrero Chico. Keegan moved to California in 2012 with the intention of getting a job in the climbing industry and within two months of moving to San Diego began working at Mesa Rim. When not climbing or working, Keegan enjoys practicing beer snobbery and beard growing, talking about living in vans, and exploring more of Southern California. He’s psyched to work at Mesa Rim because of all the awesome people he interacts with everyday!

Culture + People Team

Shannah Crane

Shannah Crane

Culture and People Manager

Shannah has always believed that life is about the journey and it is that philosophy that led her to yoga, climbing, and, eventually, Mesa Rim. Shannah found climbing while traveling in Australia. What started as a means to meet people and feel connected to the community, quickly turned into an avenue for discovery, challenge, and an excuse for more traveling! Shannah is especially passionate about yoga and climbing because she believes that through physical and mental challenge opportunities arise to learn more about ourselves, potentially leading to increased self-awareness, more authentic relationships with others, and stronger belief in our ability to create change. To explore this beyond the mat and crag, Shannah completed her master’s degree in communication studies at San Diego State University, where she focused on how individuals communicate identities and the influence these communicative strategies have on their well-being. Shannah is excited and thankful for the opportunity to bring her passion for growth, development, and meaningful relationships to her work in Human Resources at Mesa Rim!

Kristine Glauber

Kristine Glauber

Community Outreach Coordinator + Youth Coach

kristine@mesarim.com

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
A CHICKEN!!!

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks I would go to Alaska. I want to see the Northern Lights, beautiful stars with no light pollution and I want to climb Denali.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
If a movie was made of my life it would be a comedic drama, Little Miss Sunshine style, and I would be played by Natalie Portman.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
#1 on my bucket list of outdoor places to climb is in the Grand Tetons.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration while enjoying nature’s wild places.

Jen Gold

Jen Gold

Design + Social Communications Coordinator

jen@mesarim.com

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal is a dragon, I’m a Targaryen.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would love to spend more time in Switzerland. Photographs don’t do it justice!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would be a quirky comedy similar in style to 500 Days of Summer. It would be narrated by Jim Dale and I’d be played by Jennifer Lawrence.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
Magic Wood in Switzerland!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
A traditional photographic darkroom.

Nicolette Sawicki

Nicolette Sawicki

Employee Services & Safety Coordinator

nicolette@mesarim.com

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
“You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice” -Bob Marley

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could visit anywhere for 2 weeks: I would choose Thailand! Everything from the culture to the beautiful scenery catches my eye. I would love to island hop and explore the different terrains and then of course snorkel with the whale sharks!!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
I would have to say it would be a mixture of comedy and action! Kate Hudson would play me in this role without a doubt.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
Yosemite!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find my inspiration by getting lost in places I’ve never been. Setting my own trail and exploring things for myself always unfolds unseen views that are breathtaking. People are another thing that inspires me. Those who are driven, passionate and daring are the ones I like to surround myself with.

Meredith C. McConvill

Meredith C. McConvill

Marketing Intern + Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Octopus

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
On the top of my to do list is Croatia.. for both epic rock climbing and cycling!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Adventure documentary! My friend Sarka Pancochova, an Olympic snowboarder, would play me. She’s the most down-to-earth, adventure-seeking girl I know!

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
So many on the bucket list– Sardinia, Corsica, Chamonix, and back to Greece where my husband Tyler and I first met in 2004 and bonded during a weekend of rock climbing in Meteora!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I draw inspiration from those around me, and enjoy spending time with friends camping, climbing, swimming in the ocean and riding my bicycle.

Setting Team

Aron “a.ron” Couzens

Aron “a.ron” Couzens

Head Setter & Facilities Manager + L4 National Setter

a.ron@mesarim.com

Growing up in Yucca Valley (the big town next to Joshua Tree) and spending many a trip scampering up the boulders around his parents yard, Aron is no stranger to rock. He went climbing with his uncle once in high school and was instantly hooked. His obsession with plastic began with raising his bed and putting a small climbing wall underneath, followed by a teacher’s assistant position at his high school where he occasionally set routes for the climbing class. Aron started setting commercially at Rockreation in Orange County in 2000 where the nick name A-ron began. He quickly aspired to head setter for a 6 year position until he finished his Bachelors degree in Industrial Design at the Art Institute of California. He also has set for most southern California competitions including ABS and SCS local comps, ABS and SCS Regionals, CCS Nationals and head setter for the two season C3 Climbing Series. Aron’s favorite climbing locations are Joshua Tree, Black Mt, Bishop, Joe’s Valley, Squamish & Hueco. In pursuit of the best rock climbing, you’ll usually find him in search of new scary highball boulder problems to FA and occasionally placing some gear.

Enrico Baistrocchi

Enrico Baistrocchi

Setter + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Leo Elacio

Leo Elacio

L2 Setter

San Diego native. Has always thrown himself into his hobbies, Whether it be skating, playing music in a band or more recently climbing. He was introduced to climbing a little over 4 yrs ago with one of his first experiences at Mesa Rim shortly after its opening. Instantly he fell in love with the sport. With his passion for not only climbing but also the community and the comradery that comes along with the experience. He quickly found himself working at Mesa Rim, first as a hold washer, then front desk member and then finally finding his passion for setting, and has been doing it ever since. He always is searching for ways to force movement and construct routes and boulder problems that are not only challenging physically and mentally but are also fun. Chances are you’ve probably seen him in the bouldering area chatting up members, observing climbers, and just hanging out.

Mark Kattus

Mark Kattus

L1 Setter + Assistant Coach

Growing up in San Diego, Mark had the typical Southern California childhood—eating sand, surfing, and getting sunburned. But all that changed when he took his first trip to a friend’s home wall in North County. He traded his quiver of surfboards for a quiver of climbing shoes, and warm days at the beach for cold nights in the mountains. A physicist by education, Mark is fascinated by climbing movement; he is, therefore, most drawn to the purity of movement found in bouldering, though he dabbles in all disciplines of the sport. He started setting at the Outback Climbing Center in 2010, immediately appreciating it as both a creative outlet and a means to further his understanding of movement on rock. He is psyched to grow as a climber and setter as a part of the Mesa Rim team.

Chris Mayo

Chris Mayo

L1 Setter

Bio Coming Soon!

Curtis Mesmer

Curtis Mesmer

L1 Setter

Bio Coming Soon!

Nick Burnett

Nick Burnett

Coach + L1 Setter + Office Administration

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal is most definitely a Lion. King of the Jungle, slaying zebras, and an awesome mane. Rawr!

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Mars, So many FA’s to put up.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Action Comedy without a doubt, kinda like Cliff hanger but with more puns and your mom jokes. The only person who could capture me and myself properly would have to be Matthew Mcconaughey, alright alright alright.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?) SQUAMISH! In Canada Eh.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Babe Power.

Jessica "Jo" Olson

Jessica "Jo" Olson

L1 Setter + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Casey Van Gelderen

Casey Van Gelderen

L1 Setter + Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal would have to be a marmot. If you don’t know what a marmot is and haven’t encountered one yet, what are you even doing with your life.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
ROCKLANDS!!!! To crush every boulder problem they got.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would be an action comedy starring Sir Jackie Chan.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? I have a million bucket list crags. I guess Squamish for some magical mystery forest bouldering.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration from everyone around me that is pulling their hardest… Or some slappin hip hop music. Yea, mostly the music.

Adam Neal

Adam Neal

Facility Maintenance Team Member + Setting Support

Bio Coming Soon!

Alex Hangsterfer

Alex Hangsterfer

Setting Support

Bio coming soon!

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

Front Desk Team Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Front Desk Team

Joseph Legotte

Joseph Legotte

Front Desk Supervisor

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
I have been told my spirit animal is a bear because I would probably break into people’s cars just for food.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would go to Patagonia and stay with Francis Mallmann on Patagonia island in the middle of the lake, learn how to cook incredible food over open flame, climb, hike, and enjoy the seclusion of the mountains.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Without a doubt the genre would be adventure/fantasy, think Tolkien, and I would be played by Vigo Mortensen (Aragorn).

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I was in Europe last summer and had the opportunity to go to Magic Wood…but I passed it up. It is one of the only regrets I have, and I need to rectify such a blunder as quickly as possible. It seems to be an idyllic setting for bouldering with some of the greatest lines in the world, and I cannot wait to get on that rock.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I draw most of my inspiration from my girlfriend. She is always working to become a better person, she is both knowledgeable and intelligent, and above all she enjoys the life she crafts for herself. Witnessing how she lives in turn drives me to empower and enlighten myself in all that I do.

Jaque Toledo

Jaque Toledo

Front Desk Supervisor

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
I would be a super stoked bear cub frolicking and living in South East Alaska.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would ride a motorcycle and climb mountains in Patagonia.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would be a ‘based on a true story’ coming of age/comedy.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
PATAGONIA

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Humans who aren’t afraid to go after their dreams.

Chris Kirby

Chris Kirby

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal?
Panda Panda Panda

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Southeast Asia, I hear they’ve got some pretty bomb food, not to mention the deep water soloing.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would probably be a satire film starring Andy Samberg.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
One day I’ll travel down to the Southern Hemisphere to climb in the Blue Mountains of Australia and boulder the Rocklands in South Africa.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Inside every can of ice cold Sparkling Yerba Mate.

Quinn Miller

Quinn Miller

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
“There are times when I so want to send a letter to the tree to ask how it is doing, but I am afraid that people will say that I am crazy to send a letter to a tree that cannot speak. Though I think of doing it, I refrain in deference to the custom of this irrational world. But really, those who think that a letter to a tree is crazy are not our friends.” -Myoe

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would hike and climb throughout the Sierras and finish the trip at my grandparent’s house in the foothills of the Sierras because a trip like that would be filled with happiness.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
The film would be a musical in the same vein as The Wall, but with various Jazz artists playing throughout. I would be played by various Oscar winning actors ranging from the youngest alive to the oldest alive.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I don’t have any bucket list locales; I’d be happy to climb the endless granite of the Sierras my whole life.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration in the process of climbing. Every route has its own sequence, pace, and breath, so I find inspiration in discovering and working with those aspects of a climb.

Bill Dabbert

Bill Dabbert

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Gorilla!

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Southern Argentina! Great food, wine and climbing; what else do you need?!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Literally have no idea! Something about spontaneity and adventure, I suppose.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
El Chaltén, Argentina

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Far out in the mountains on an alpine wall with a good friend. Experiences like that are the richest in life (for me)!

Alex Fleming

Alex Fleming

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
A psychedelic frogfish bouncing across the sea floor.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Antarctica. I’ve always wanted to live there for a few months or a year because it’s such a unique and fascinating place. Beautiful, desolate, penguins everywhere …

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would probably be a dark, absurdist, animated comedy. I would be portrayed by an enchanted pair of basketball shorts with googly eyes and a nice pair of earrings.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I could never pick just one place — climbing is such a fantastic way to explore the world. I would love to do more deep water soloing. Other than that, I’ve had my eyes on Kalymnos, Meteora, Yangshuo … I think I’m drawn to the scenery / region as much as the climbing.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I love being around passionate, driven people. A nice long walk also does the trick, but nothing beats the feeling of exploring a new place.

Brett Gutierrez

Brett Gutierrez

Front Desk Team Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
A sloth, but the anomaly outcast sloth that also loves doing fun things on top of sleeping 15-18 hours a day.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Oh man, where wouldn’t I go… I’ll go with Iceland, unspoiled gorgeous scenery year-around and being able to see the Aurora Borealis and Strokkur Geyer in person would be unbelievable. I bet the water there tastes amazing too.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
A quirky, indie mockumentary you’ve never heard of and decide to play on Netflix just to have something to watch while you eat because you’ve already wasted too much eating time perusing your choices.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? Anywhere I can do some deep water soloing, the thrill of that just seems like a crazy adrenaline rush.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Honestly, its seeing the Mesa Rim kids team crushing it, and simultaneously my dreams because I wish I had started climbing at 35 pounds with tiny fingers and a dynamite strength to body mass ratio.

Moe Ogunkeye

Moe Ogunkeye

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
” It doesn’t matta, it’s in dee past.” – Rafiki the baboon from The Lion King *He has an African accent*

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Such a hard question! I’ve known a number of friends who have been to India and Nepal and I’d love to check it out for myself. It would be super cool to spend some time with the people in there. 🙂

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
An introspective feel-good comedy. You would be pondering human nature while getting a core workout from laughing so much. The role of me would be played Will Smith or Russell Crowe while I would actually be in the movie playing some nondescript character or the antagonist.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? If I could swim, probs some deep water in the Philippines. Otherwise, the spires in Sedona. I’ve always wanted to visit, so why not climb them.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
The soundtrack of the 2010 version of Tron is my jam. There is nothing I cannot do when it is playing.

Rick Sharra

Rick Sharra

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your your favorite quote?
Three rules:
“I. Paradox: Life is a mystery, don’t waste time trying to figure it out.
II. Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself.
III. Change: Know that nothing stays the same.”
-Dan Millman

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
There’s too many amazing places to see, but Indonesia for sure. There’s some amazing surfing to be had! It’s tropical, so there’s lots of lush green vegetation, clear blue waters, and it’s great for spearfishing. I reckon there’s some rocks too, if you know where to look…

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Mmmmmm that’s a tough one… maybe a surfing flick starring Chris Kirby.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
I have lots of climbing destinations on my bucket list, all over northern California, Squamish. I definitely need to experience climbing in Europe, especially in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. If I had to pick a specific place, I would choose Magic Wood in Switzerland, that place looks really incredible.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Outside, with friends, climbing or surfing in beautiful places. I also play a bit of music, so that’s another source of inspiration. I try to find focus and peace in whatever I do. Life is full of inspiration if you look at it from the right angle.

Jonathon Haines

Jonathon Haines

Front Desk Team Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Ana Granados

Ana Granados

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Jellyfish! All day every day.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Patagonia. It’s beautiful, it’s in S America, it’s heaven.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Musical. I’d like Mila Kunis to play me, I think.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? Outdoor place on my bucketlist…. Red Rocks

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
The random things in life inspire me the most

Jake Stein

Jake Stein

Front Desk Team Member + Maintenance

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Nature is not a place to visit, it is home. -Gary Snyder

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could go somewhere for two weeks I would head to Crestone, Colorado. It is a hub for eccentrics and dharma bums backed by the Sangre de Cristo mountains – off the beaten path of tourism in Colorado.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would be a musical starring Jay and Silent Bob.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I’d like to go to Thailand to check out the renowned deep water soloing spots. I’d also find me some perfect, uncrowded waves.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I watch any one of the Lord of the Rings – extended cut.

Casey Van Gelderen

Casey Van Gelderen

L1 Setter + Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal would have to be a marmot. If you don’t know what a marmot is and haven’t encountered one yet, what are you even doing with your life.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
ROCKLANDS!!!! To crush every boulder problem they got.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would be an action comedy starring Sir Jackie Chan.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? I have a million bucket list crags. I guess Squamish for some magical mystery forest bouldering.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration from everyone around me that is pulling their hardest… Or some slappin hip hop music. Yea, mostly the music.

Kelsey Hanson

Kelsey Hanson

Front Desk Team Member + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Matt Gordon

Matt Gordon

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
North American River Otter

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would go to Japan. I’ve never been anywhere in Asia and having the opportunity to explore a place so outside of my comfort zone would be an awesome experience. Not to mention the great history, culture, and tea in Japan.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
A classic buddy cop movie. I would star as myself alongside Bill Murray as an over the hill, doesn’t play by the rules detective.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Is pretty much everywhere an acceptable answer?

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
A warm cup of coffee.

Matthew Navarro

Matthew Navarro

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Deer; “Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal.”

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Amazon rainforest; Not only because it’s sheer beauty and vastness but also it’s endless possible plant medicines, biodiversity, and its history with ancient cultures.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Fantasy because life is magical….anyone could play me because we are all “one”sie!!!

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
This list would be endless…..BUT one of my main goals is to watch the sunrise and the sunset on the highest peaks in every country in the world.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I like to find my inspiration through intuition. I spend a good amount of time in deep thought feeling what my heart yearns for. Once I feel the desire for something the rest will come naturally overtime. For me, getting in the zone is just being present in the moment, focused exactly on what’s in front of me and not getting caught up in expectations, allowing myself to flow naturally without any mental limitation.

Fern Morales

Fern Morales

Front Desk Team Member

1. What is your spirit animal?
A baby giraffe

2. If you could go anywhere in the world for TWO WEEKS, where would you go and why?
Probably Bali. It looks gorgeous and I could throw in a yoga retreat amidst the cultural immersion.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
I would think a movie about my life would be something like a slapsticky, Chevy Chase-esque comedy. I like the idea of (a more brunette) Emma Stone playing the role of me.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Joshua Tree is by far my favorite place to climb. I love the landscape, the unforgiving granite slabs and cracks, and all those beautiful boulders! Joshua Tree is where I learned to climb outdoors and truly appreciate all the technical aspects of climbing in general. The gorgeous sunrises, sunsets, and starry nights are the perfect setting for climbing and some serious scrambling.It’s my happy place : )

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone”?)
I find inspiration in the kitchen. Cooking is definitely what gets me “in the zone”. It calms me when I feel stressed, it stimulates my mind when I feel stagnant, and it’s always a great way to bring all the people I love together… Or to me : )

Crystal Star Maison

Crystal Star Maison

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal is a hyena because they have the best sense of humor out of the entire animal kingdom.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks it would probably be Australia. Because it is such a large continent, there are so many awesome sights, climbs and activities on every corner of it and such a diverse mix of cultures, it would be a very full two weeks just to get a taste of it.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
If my life were a movie it would be a cheesy comedy, and I’d be played by Alyson Hannigon, the redhead from how I met your mother.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
I have soooo many outdoor places on my bucket list for climbing, every time I cross one off I add another on. However like most climbers I’d love to climb in Yosemite but I also want to sleep on a portaledge while doin it

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration outside. When I can feel the sun on my skin, the cold rock under my fingers and smell the dirt and plants in the air. It all comes together and puts me in my zen zone.

Eleazar Alvarez

Eleazar Alvarez

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your favorite quote?
“Roll With The Punches”

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would have to go with Thailand! It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and I definitely wanna do some deep water soloing when I’m there.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
If my life had to be a genre, I would say it’s a drama/action/comedy, all of my favorites. The actor that would play me would be Taylor Kitsch.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
Ceuse, France would be on the top of my bucket list for climbing. I can’t wait to do some sport climbing there, and hold onto that beautiful limestone!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration by watching all the professional climbing videos on youtube. By watching them it makes me push myself to be better as a climber.

Kate Beninato

Kate Beninato

Front Desk Team Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman

Front Desk + Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Remember, I’m pulling for you. We are all in this together -Red Green

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I’d like to go the Banff Film Festival in Banff Canada

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
My movie would be an action packed rom-com with a lot of explosions staring Casey Van Glederen

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
ALL OF THEM!!!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Just thinking how awesome my instigram would be helps me
push it to the limit

Alexander Alberti

Alexander Alberti

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal?
Raven or Sky Bison….

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Europe! For the food, culture and climbing/highlining…

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Comedy/Pauly Shore?

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
The Ennedi plateu in Chad. Geologically speaking, it is the African equivalent of the Moab/Canyonlands/Indian creek areas in Utah. Endless FA’s and highlines to establish..

5. What do you do to “get in the zone?”
Stop thinking.

Jake Olsen

Jake Olsen

Front Desk Team Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Monica Graves

Monica Graves

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal?
A fox. They’re fluffy, independent creatures that roam the forest all day and snack on just about anything.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Nepal! I’m dying to go there for the scenery and culture.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Definitely a satire. Bill Murray and Gene Wilder would undoubtedly be supporting actors for a young Diane Keaton.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Everywhere, but I would especially hate to die without having climbed in Yosemite.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration from being in nature and feeling connected with the environment and other people. I also enjoy pina coladas and long walks on the beach.

Ian Kosten

Ian Kosten

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Raven. Hands down. No question about it.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Does this include the skill and gear to do what I want there? If yes, then somewhere deep in the Himalayas or High Mongolian Plains. That would be rad! If not, then I have no idea. Probably somewhere with mountains or waves. Or if food is included I’d go to maybe Italy or something.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
I’ve been told I look like Jim Carey and that dude from “Narcos” (Pablo Escobar?). So either one of them, or anyone else really; If someone decides to make any sort of movie about me I’d be stoked about it no matter what.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
I want to go back to Sinks Canyon in Wyoming, or somewhere deep in the Himalayas*.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Inspiration comes and goes for me, I’m not really sure where it comes from or goes to though.

* – conditions apply, see #2a

Camille Lauer

Camille Lauer

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your favorite quote?
“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Anywhere that I can see beautiful new things and be alone in the quiet and stillness of nature.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would probably be a claymation comedy that is both awkwardly optimistic and cynical; with Katey Sagal doing my characters voice.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
Anywhere that I haven’t already been to falls onto my bucket list. I love exploring new places!

5. Where do you find inspiration?
I often find inspiration in things that most people would likely consider to be mundane or dull.

Office Team

Debbie "Boss Mom" Fischer

Debbie "Boss Mom" Fischer

ProShop Buyer

Bio Coming Soon!

Lindsey Andress

Lindsey Andress

Member Outreach + CoWorking Center

lindsey@mesarim.com

A recent transplant from Washington DC, I caught the climbing bug in 2013. Yosemite was added to the bucket list early, and California has been calling ever since, so I moved to SD earlier this year in search of new adventure. Of course, I then met the wonderful team at Mesa Rim, which has inspired me to transform my enthusiasm for climbing into a career. My first outdoor climbing love will always be the pile of quartzite known as Seneca Rocks in WV, also my first trad & multi-pitch experience. My passion is split between climbing, art/design, and alpaca farming.

My favorite inspirational quote is “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chris Regan

Chris Regan

IT Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Yoga

Kati Reszegi

Kati Reszegi

Yoga Programs Coordinator

kati@mesarim.com

Kati began practicing yoga 15 years ago as a means to better cope with difficult situations, both physically and psychologically. She is trained by Tim Miller and teaches in a style that she honed while assisting him and practicing under his watchful eye. Kati is excited to offer some playful and challenging adaptations of that practice here at Mesa Rim.

Michelle Hackett

Michelle Hackett

Yoga Instructor

Michelle grew up watching her mother teach dance. It was only when Michelle became interested in pursuing tap dancing that she was advised to begin practicing yoga to improve her posture. After one yoga class taught by Natasha Teran, she was hooked. Michelle pursued her love of yoga, and continued to refine her yoga practice. Through her practice, she was inspired to become a teacher. She has been teaching yoga since 2006 and continues to study Asthanga yoga under Natasha Teran and Tim Miller.

Meg Tuazon

Meg Tuazon

Yoga Instructor

From the ocean to the trees, Meg Tuazon was raised with a close connection to nature and movement. The journey of yoga as a dynamic adventure was appealing to Meg’s migratory nature and energetic being. Meg received her RYT Vinyasa certification in 2007 and has continued her education since then. She is now applying her Yoga Therapy Rx degree from Loyola Marymount University to treat student’s specific needs such as skeletal and/or muscular injury. Meg is currently enrolled in the Olivier School of Healing to become a Certified Integrative Healer. She is also a Reiki Master and balances clinical yoga therapy with the art of teaching Yinki® for a unique and personal experience healing the spirit and body as one. Meg brings an anatomical, adjustment, and alignmentbased teaching style to her classes, while remaining loving, light-hearted and encouraging. Meg continues looking forward to weaving her education and worldly experience into creative projects such as the nest life, and is currently creating her most recent endeavor, Summit to Sea Yoga, unique yogic retreat experiences and adventures, for recreational and spiritual journeys.

Sarah Haughton

Sarah Haughton

Yoga Instructor

Sarah Haughton, a certified E-RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance, has over 500 hours of yoga trainings, with an emphasis in yoga therapy. Her current emphasis in training and teaching is inspired by John Friend and Desi Springer’s Sridaiva Yoga “The Roots.” She received her first 200 hour training from Yoga to the People, New York City. Sarah then completed 200 hours Anusara trainings with Michael Fukumara, plus 30 hours of Yoga and Therapy training and completed level 2 Anusara Teacher Training with Markin and Jordan Kirk. Sarah sends much gratitude and love to all of her many teachers of yoga.

Sarah’s yoga practice is a very important part of her daily life in maintaining freedom from chronic facial pain, a condition named Trigeminal Neuralgia. Sarah uses yoga as an opportunity to delight in the experience of the body and breath and to strengthen both body and mind.

Sarah discovered yoga as a teenager, and continued to return to the mat throughout her life, using yoga as a balance to rugby, kickboxing, running, and softball. Yoga was a huge tool for her in recovery from an ACL injury and surgery, and she has continued to explore the many ways that a consistent and dedicated yoga practice can heal and restructure both body and mind.

Ryan King

Ryan King

Yoga Instructor + Youth Coach

Ryan’s curious nature and penchant for adventure has taken him to over 40 states and to just as many countries. Having traveled north, east, south, and west, Ryan realized that the most rewarding journey has always been inward. This inward journey of introspection and self-improvement is universal to all human beings – we all want to be happy after all! Ryan’s mission is to meet every individual exactly where they are and to explore this gift of life together, whether it be upside-down on a yoga mat, side-by-side in a seated meditation, or high up on a granite wall! Within every human is a being of supreme insight and perfect clarity. Ryan would like nothing more than to help you reveal your True Self!

Anna Berger

Anna Berger

Yoga Instructor

Anna has an extensive background in movement and the healing arts and loves to play outside.  She enjoys witty conversation, the great outdoors and feels that we are all capable of leading through our example in how we live.  Her yoga background is varied; studying Hatha, Iyengar, Forrest, Therapeutic, Vinyasa along with Qi Gong, Tai Chi, dance, some martial arts and lots of balance sports.  She enjoys the details of movement and has found her practice transcending more and more with attention to the inner and shared Guru.
Bach. Science Alternative Medicine. Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor Ryt 200.

Karthikeyan Rajendran

Karthikeyan Rajendran

Yoga Instructor

Karthi has practiced yoga on and off since 2010 but started developing a more consistent interest and practice in 2013.  That year, he decided to take a teacher training in Vinyasa style yoga. This not only furthered his own practice but also increased his desire to share the positive effects of yoga with as many people as he could.  His teaching style is alignment-focused but gentle and he encourages students to tap into the immense power of their breath while listening to their bodies.  He has also been a climber for the past 8 years and noticed the direct effect that the flexibility, strength, and breath control that yoga provides has had on his own climbing.  He is excited to share the many wonderful aspects of yoga with the Mesa Rim community!

Nikole Fortier

Nikole Fortier

Yoga Instructor

Nikole’s path and study of the self spans across many yogic and buddhist traditions. For the last 7 years, Nikole has committed thoroughly and wholeheartedly to studying and practicing the transformative work of BKS Iyengar, a deep alignment-based yoga that has an emphasis on detail and precision alignment in asana and pranayama (pose and breath). She studies with Senior-most teachers Manouso Manos and Gloria Goldberg and is in her 3rd year of Iyengar Certification. Nikole has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 16. She is the director of a 200 hour yoga teacher training program in San Diego and lives with her kid- Winifred and her cat- Shiva in Normal Heights. All 3 love art, singing/dancing and climbing. 🙂

Kevin Freiberger

Kevin Freiberger

Yoga Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

Mindy Tran

Mindy Tran

Yoga Instructor

Ever since giving a vinyasa yoga class the good ol’ college try back in 2007, Mindy has been steadily practicing and incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Yoga was a way for her to gain mobility, flexibility and strength all at the same time. More importantly, it served as a much needed mental break. It was in those pauses and quiet spaces that she was able to challenge herself to recognize and detach from a lot of the things causing unnecessary stress, anxiety and depression. The balance of the physically demanding postures in vinyasa classes combined with calming and soothing restorative yoga created a balance that she had never experienced before, and she wanted to learn more. In 2011, Mindy went deeper into her yoga practice by completing a 200-hour teacher training in La Jolla, and has since then been learning and teaching vinyasa and restorative yoga.
Mindy also has a background in strength training and group fitness. The combination of high-intensity strength training movements compliment her yoga practice really well, and has even made her much more appreciative of restorative yoga and rest days.
She has been climbing at Mesa Rim for about a year, and is excited to share her passion of yoga with her fellow climbers. Other random facts: she loves foxes, food, all things French, and Netflix (Parks and Rec, and Bob’s Burgers!). Also loves dogs, but doesn’t have one (yet).

Steven Thorsen

Steven Thorsen

Yoga Instructor

An avid climber, Steven first found his regular yoga practice to foster a sense of calm and presence on the wall. Quickly his asana practice united with his interests in philosophy to bring about a deeper exploration of the Truth. In 2014 Steven completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Mosaic to further his practice and share his journey. He works with each individual to integrate and overcome their unique challenges while remaining a lifelong student.

Mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, Steven is in constant pursuit of higher understanding. His inspiration and study is evident in his teaching style. Steven’s inquisitive nature reminds us to honestly question where we are and direct us to where we desire to be. As a strong believer in dharma and the pursuit of one’s purpose in life, Steven aims to cultivate the unique talents and skills of every individual in order to unleash their full potential. He is excited to share his perspective as a part of the Mesa Rim team and facilitate continued exploration and growth alongside his own.

Yanai Calderon

Yanai Calderon

Yoga Instructor

After leaving her hometown of Miami in search for new beginnings, while grieving the loss of her mother, Yanai began her first yoga experience in 2010 as a social sweat sesh with her roommates. Over the years her practice turned into a deeper connection in bringing mindfulness to her breathe and learning how to “let go.” She has found internal peace in being present and living for the moment. An ER nurse by trade and a yogi by passion nothing ignites her more then her wanderlust spirit as she has wandered through Asia, Australia and Patagonia, hiked through the Grand Canyon, the slots of Zion and Climbed The Grand Tetons and continues to chase the natural high of the outdoors. Go ahead and share your travel stories with her!
In 2015 she decided to share her passion as a yoga teacher to teach how to merge mindfulness and breathe onto our mats and into our everyday life. Her flows and positive affirmations will leave you inspired with a new breath for life.

This Gypsy lives by the motto “Live Love Life.”

Erlin Sweeney

Erlin Sweeney

Yoga Instructor

Erlin’s yoga journey began during college, where she was fortunate to study under an accomplished Ashtanga teacher. Though she loved the physical challenge, what kept her coming back were the lessons she took off the mat. The practice brought her into the present, allowed her to focus, and empowered her to live the life she imagined. She soon found herself breathing through stressful situations and taking time to revel in the magic of everyday life.

After graduation, she went on to open a retreat center in Vermont, where she taught yoga to elite athletes, corporate CEOs and local community members. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Dana Rae Pare. With an extensive background in dance, Erlin loves to explore graceful, energetic sequences which empower students to go deeper both mentally and physically. She is adamant about proper alignment and encourages students to listen closely to the wisdom of their own bodies. In a positive and nurturing environment, Erlin encourages students to achieve their personal best, both on and off the mat.

Jenna Carpenter

Jenna Carpenter

Yoga Instructor

Jenna’s passion for yoga continues to transform her perspective and life. The practice keeps her grounded through the ebbs and flows. Yoga has taught her that it isn’t something you do but more importantly how you live. She started teaching in 2010 with the help of mentors, teachers, and friends. She has over 500 hours of training in Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Yin. Her commitment as a student, and teacher, continues to uplift her and others daily. The last few years, Jenna has been traveling and teaching yoga in Central and South America. Her other passions are spending time in nature, surfing, cooking, and creating art. Jenna is also a lifestyle and nutrition coach where she supports others in finding their true happiness and optimal health.

Anika Spencer

Anika Spencer

Yoga Instructor

Anika’s passion for yoga was born when she began to notice her current life lessons being reflected in her body and practice. Anika has an energetic and playful approach to life that she also incorporates in her practice and teaching. She believes that yoga is an exploration of self and that we should enjoy that process whenever possible. Having been originally drawn to the physicality and challenge of a yoga practice, Anika seeks to create classes that empower the body as well as stimulate contemplation of the spirit and aid in the quest for a joyous life. She’s grateful to have been certified in both Hatha and Vinyasa teaching at OB Namasté and continues to find inspiration through the amazing teachers, workshops, conferences, festivals, and students that the area has to offer.

Jazelyn Rae

Jazelyn Rae

Yoga Instructor

Jazelyn Hoel is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and  200hr Yoga Alliance certified Instructor. Jaz enjoys combining yoga, strength training and calisthenics to optimize total body strength! She aim to find balance in fitness and yoga to create a healthy, positive lifestyle for herself and for her students.

Rachel Mulvaney

Rachel Mulvaney

Yoga Instructor

Rachel started practicing yoga in 2007 after her college cheerleading career at Missouri State came to an end. It was the physical aspect of yoga that sparked her interest. Little did she know it would be just the beginning of her yoga journey. In 2011 she moved to San Diego and her eyes were opened to new styles of yoga, philosophies, and techniques she never previously knew existed (que A Whole New World). In January 2014 Rachel was craving more, so she decided to pursue her RYT 200hr certification to deepen her own understanding and practice.

She loves combining power vinyasa with slow, mindful movements and a strong breath making practice a moving meditation. When Rachel is not practicing yoga you can find her doing AcroYoga, acrobatics, rock climbing, hiking, traveling, and adventuring outdoors! Never loose your love to play!

Ashley "Pearl" Pearlman

Ashley "Pearl" Pearlman

Yoga Instructor

I’m Ashley Pearlman, but most people call me Pearl 🙂

I first found yoga as I was in a transitional period of my life. During that time, yoga helped me feel more grounded, more in control of my life, and more peaceful. Yoga allowed me to get out of my head, get into my body, and become more present and aware with each breath I take. Being someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, yoga offered a path out of the darkness. The path is different for everyone but I truly believe yoga can help any BODY.

I am a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Although I teach many different styles of yoga, my passion lies in teaching Yin. I also enjoy teaching Vinyasa and Hatha, and making one-on-one connections in private lessons.

My goal is to create a welcoming and exploratory environment in which you can center your mind, body, and focus. I want to help people find a calm inner being so that they can think clearer, breath easier, move more fluidly, and live better. Knowing how much yoga has helped me physically, mentally, and emotionally, it is truly my honor and pleasure to share it with you.

Allison Szakovits

Allison Szakovits

Yoga Instructor

A counselor in the mental health field, a yoga therapy student, a climber, an unshakable positivist, and a sweet friend, Allison finds joy in spreading happiness. Whether it’s sharing an asana that helps a person relieve physical pain, or saying the simplest words to turn someone’s day around, Allison lives to lend a hand.

Her training in yoga began with Children’s Yoga followed by Ashtanga. Now and for the past 3 years, she has been studying Yoga Therapy at The Soul of Yoga Institute. Allison continues to create depth in her understanding of yoga, human nature, and life every day. She honors energetic highs and lows and is always there to meet people where you are on any given day.

Jenna Zabrosky

Jenna Zabrosky

Yoga Instructor

Jenna’s strong and creative vinyasa classes challenge students to develop their asana practice, through skillful alignment cues and adjustments. She creates an environment where both beginning and experienced students feel free to explore the boundaries of their practice without feeling intimidated. Jenna encourages students to see yoga as a tool for empowering and changing their lives, not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. Jenna first came across yoga in 1999, just after high school. After being a competitive springboard diver, yoga seemed like a way to keep her body flexible and strong. Yoga’s influence made an immediate and profound impact in her life, and continues to do so today. After a decade and a half of practice, Jenna decided to share yoga’s life changing effects by completing the 200 hour RYT comprehensive yoga teacher training program at La Jolla Yoga Center. Over time Jenna has crafted her classes to make each a refreshing and new experience, with creative, intelligent sequencing, yummy adjustments, and fresh playlists.

Amanda Morrow

Amanda Morrow

Yoga Instructor

In 2015 Amanda spent five weeks in Rishikesh, India, along the banks of Ma Ganga. There, she deepened her love for humanity and nature, & received her 200hr RYT certification in Radiant Body Yoga through Kia Miller. This style perfectly combines the technical precision of Ashtanga and Iyengar with the subtle dimensions of Kundalini. Amanda has been practicing (and teaching intermittently) for the past 20 years, with a solid daily practice in Ashtanga. Through the practice of yoga, we are able to calm the mind and catch glimpses of the truth of our greatness, the awesomeness that we all are. Students will leave Amanda’s class feeling wrung out and renewed with clarity, both physically and mentally. Amanda’s other expressions of her practice include urban farming, stage acting and climbing. She is also co-owner of Pannikin Cafe La Jolla. For more info please visit amandalayoga.com.

Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark

Yoga Instructor

Sarah Clark shifted to teaching yoga full time in 2007 in New York City, mostly at OM Yoga Center (where she also completed her 200-hour training), NYU, and privately. In 2011, she relocated to San Diego, CA and continues to offer community-based yoga & meditation programs, teacher trainings, continuing education, private lessons and retreats (see www.sarahclarkyoga.com for details).

Sarah’s classes are alignment-based & breath-centered, and draw on all 8 limbs of a whole yoga practice & buddha dharma. Her teaching is heavily influenced by her own sitting meditation practice, work as a professional contemporary dancer, a sense of humor, wrestling with yoga & buddhist ethics, and her teachers. Sarah feels gratefully indebted to her most influential teachers, including Michael Stone, Judith Lasater, and many OM Yoga greats including Cyndi Lee, Sarah Trelease, Joe Miller and Christie Clark.

Sarah loves this practice and loves the community of other practitioners also trying their best to be awake.

Coaching Team

Rosie Bates

Rosie Bates

Head Coach + L4 Setter

Rosie spent her childhood hiking and exploring the forests and peaks of the North Cascades in Washington with her dad. As a native Washingtonian and lifelong climber, he introduced her to rock climbing at young age but she preferred a pair of tap dancing shoes to a pair of climbing shoes. She tap danced for 9 years until 2004 at the age 13 when she joined the the local youth youth climbing team at Vertical World Climbing Gym and was hooked. Under the guidance of her coaches, Sydney McNair and Tyson Schoene she developed a love and passion for the competitive side of the sport. In her time as a youth climber Rosie competed at local, divisional and national competitions. While competing and training taught Rosie valuable lessons about hard work and dedication, she often reverts back to her trad climbing roots. Rosie moved to San Diego in 2009 to attend the University of San Diego where she started the USD Climbing Team which now is one of the biggest sports clubs on campus. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelors in Psychology. Rosie hopes to share her passion with youth who, like herself, want to explore their physical and mental capacities through rock climbing.

Jillian Yatsko

Jillian Yatsko

Adaptive Climbing Program Coordinator

jillian@mesarim.com

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal is a daddy long leg spider because I tend to come out of nowhere and everyone around me becomes really uncomfortable…

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would go to Antarctica, because I think it would be super rad to be in a place that has been largely untouched by mankind. I also really want to befriend a seal…or ten.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
My life would be some weird indie flick that would get a 2 star rating at Sundance. Hopefully I would be played by Alexis Diller. She really captures my sarcasm.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Olympus Mons. It’s been waiting a while for an FA and I think I’ve finally got the beta.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I get most inspired from the kids that I coach. They don’t find negativity in failure the way many adults do. They just get up and try again. I take a big lesson from that.

Enrico Baistrocchi

Enrico Baistrocchi

Setter + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Daton Morris

Daton Morris

Assistant Coach + L1 Setter + Personal Trainer

Daton started climbing 6 years ago when one of his friends invited him to the Santee. Easily convinced without a sight of swell in the water Daton was instantly hooked with bouldering and fell in love with climbing.The day after he got a gym membership and climbed almost everyday for the next year nearly giving up all other activities including surfing. Different than surfing this was not the most ideal way of training and lead Daton to adapt new ways of smarter training constantly exploring new ideas, methods, and exercises specifically for climbing. Besides the physical parts of training Daton also became very interested in the mental side of climbing and also ways to train the brain for the imposed demands. Daton’s favorite style of climbing is bouldering and specifically he enjoys exploring any new areas that have a glimpse of rock from pictures scoured from google earth. When he is not scavenging for new spots or training for climbing he enjoys surfing( a lifelong passion), slack lining and hanging out with his daughter and family.

Ryan King

Ryan King

Yoga Instructor + Youth Coach

Ryan’s curious nature and penchant for adventure has taken him to over 40 states and to just as many countries. Having traveled north, east, south, and west, Ryan realized that the most rewarding journey has always been inward. This inward journey of introspection and self-improvement is universal to all human beings – we all want to be happy after all! Ryan’s mission is to meet every individual exactly where they are and to explore this gift of life together, whether it be upside-down on a yoga mat, side-by-side in a seated meditation, or high up on a granite wall! Within every human is a being of supreme insight and perfect clarity. Ryan would like nothing more than to help you reveal your True Self!

Mark Kattus

Mark Kattus

L1 Setter + Assistant Coach

Growing up in San Diego, Mark had the typical Southern California childhood—eating sand, surfing, and getting sunburned. But all that changed when he took his first trip to a friend’s home wall in North County. He traded his quiver of surfboards for a quiver of climbing shoes, and warm days at the beach for cold nights in the mountains. A physicist by education, Mark is fascinated by climbing movement; he is, therefore, most drawn to the purity of movement found in bouldering, though he dabbles in all disciplines of the sport. He started setting at the Outback Climbing Center in 2010, immediately appreciating it as both a creative outlet and a means to further his understanding of movement on rock. He is psyched to grow as a climber and setter as a part of the Mesa Rim team.

Nick Burnett

Nick Burnett

Coach + L1 Setter + Office Administration

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My spirit animal is most definitely a Lion. King of the Jungle, slaying zebras, and an awesome mane. Rawr!

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Mars, So many FA’s to put up.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Action Comedy without a doubt, kinda like Cliff hanger but with more puns and your mom jokes. The only person who could capture me and myself properly would have to be Matthew Mcconaughey, alright alright alright.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?) SQUAMISH! In Canada Eh.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Babe Power.

Kelsey Hanson

Kelsey Hanson

Front Desk Team Member + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Devon Ayres

Devon Ayres

Coach

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
My favorite quote changes depending on where I am and what I’m doing in my life. It’s currently “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself,” from D.H. Lawrence. Having a pity party doesn’t help anything and this is a good reminder of that.

2. If you could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, where would you go and why?
That’s a tough one! There’s so many places I haven’t been! I’d really like to visit China. It’s beautiful and ancient and has so much diversity. Eastern cultures are drastically different from the west and I’d love to see that first hand. Plus, I hear the climbing is epic.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be and who would play you?
Easy question – action comedy. I don’t have the greatest luck but I always seem to survive to my next adventure. And I think Olivia Wilde should play me. She seems funny but also a take charge lady when the situation calls for it.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
What climber doesn’t? Hueco Tanks would be number one. Luckily I only have to go East a few states.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
I get inspiration from those around me who struggle with more life challenges than I do yet still find a way to have a positive outlook. Challenges can be overcome but only If you get out and try

Jordan Romig

Jordan Romig

Youth Coach

Jordan grew up in Iowa and started climbing competitively when he was twelve. He primarily climbed and trained indoors due to the flat topography of the midwest. In 2013, Jordan moved to California to attend SDSU to study International Business and French. He took a break from climbing freshman year but still competed for his last year in the USA Climbing youth circuit. He competed for speed climbing in the 2014 Youth World Championships in New Caledonia and the 2014 Youth Pan American Games in Mexico City.
Jordan rediscovered his passion for climbing when he brought his car to San Diego and was able to train at Mesa Rim and climb outdoors. With this new psych for climbing and experience with competitions, he began coaching at Mesa Rim. Jordan plans to continue competing in the adult series and learn more about high level competing / climbing to bring back to the team. Jordan says coaching is a learning, humbling, and extremely rewarding process. He says it’s awesome to see how much they progress, even when they may not realize it themselves.

Shireen Karimi

Shireen Karimi

Youth Coach

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
A raven

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
India, or Nepal, or New Zealand. Can’t decide, I’d go anywhere!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Koala documentary

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
The Needles, CA
5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Glacier Point in Yosemite

Bridget Enderle

Bridget Enderle

Youth Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Event Team

Caitlin Hickey

Caitlin Hickey

Event + Drop In Coordinator

caitlin@mesarim.com

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Weedy Sea Dragon

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Scottish Highlands, lots of history and family heritage there.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Musical comedy, starring Jack Black

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Going back home to Lake Tahoe and climbing everywhere!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Jamming to A Flavor House Atlantic by Coheed & Cambria while doing some sun salutations or headstands

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
    Red Panda
2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
    Thailand to explore, eat amazing food and climb!
3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
    Quirky comedy, not sure who would play me.
4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
    Yosemite National Park
5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
    Being in nature

 

Erika Bjorkquist

Erika Bjorkquist

Event Lead

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Kylie Miller

Kylie Miller

Event Team Member

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Sean Keigwin

Sean Keigwin

Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” ― Charles Bukowski
2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would go to Iceland because it’s absolutely beautiful and seems so mysterious and tranquil.
3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would be an sci-fi/action/comedy with Jim Carrey starring as me.
4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I really want to go to Red Rock and Yosemite someday but right now my favorite is Joshua Tree.
5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find my inspiration in solitude and introspection and I “get in the zone” by listening to music and drawing.

Rebecca Monte

Rebecca Monte

Event Lead

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Favorite quote: Wherever you are, be there.
2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would go to Vietnam to explore Son Doong Cave.
3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
I don’t really like movies… can I be a commercial instead?
4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I would love to do some climbing in Chile. Although, it would be pretty awesome to climb the Eiffel Tower… yeah, let’s go with that.
5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration in the journey. Where you are now is a testament to where you have been and a springboard for who you will become. Life is fluid; the direction is up to you.

 

 

Nathan Blomstrand

Nathan Blomstrand

Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
DEFINITELY A SHARK.  THEYRE FIERCE AND CUNNING, BUT IF YOU FLIP THEM OVER AND RUB THEIR BELLY THEY PRETTY MUCH LOVE YOU
 
2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I WOULD TAKE A MOTORCYCLE CAMPING TRIP UP THE COAST, BECAUSE I LOVE RIDING AND CAMPING! PLUS NATURE IS THE BEST!!
 
3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
THE GENRE WOULD PROBABLY SOME SORT OF ACTION PACKED ROMCOM.  IVE LIVED A FAIRLY GNARLY LIFE, AND MY LOVE LIFE IS USUALLY ENTERTAINING TO SAY THE LEAST.  I THINK JOHNNY DEPP COULD PULL ME OFF PRETTY WELL.
 
4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
PROBABLY FREE SOLOING IN THAILAND. YOU GET TO HAVE A FUN CLIMB AND THEN JUMP INTO WATER!
 
5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
SOMETIMES MUSIC GETS ME PUMPED, BUT MOSTLY WATCHING OTHER PEOPLE CLIMB GETS ME STOKED. I LIKE WORKING ON PROBLEMS WITH FRIENDS!

 

Chris Bonner

Chris Bonner

Event Team Member

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Becca Steinbrecher

Becca Steinbrecher

Event Team Member

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Kelsey Hanson

Kelsey Hanson

Front Desk Team Member + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Danford Jooste

Danford Jooste

Event Team Member + Climbing Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

Michelle Bruce

Michelle Bruce

Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
I would say my spirit animal is a horse because they are graceful and powerful, but they’re also a little skittish at times and unaware of their true strength.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I would go on a trek across the Australian outback. It’s been my dream ever since I was a little kid. One day it will happen!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would definitely have to be a sort of piratey film because I love adventure and I guess Julie Stiles would play me since everyone tells me I look like her…or maybe she looks like me 😉

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where if your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Bucket list, not sure. But favorite climbing places so far include Switzerland, south of France, Mallorca, Siriuana, and Italy.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
My inspiration in life is being outside among the trees and the mountains. No matter what’s going on in life, if I can get to the mountains that’s where I find my refreshment.

Peter Nerothin

Peter Nerothin

Event Team Member + Drop In Coach

1. What’s your favorite quote?
“I rejoice that there are owls.” -Henry David Thoreau

2. If you could go anywhere in the world for TWO WEEKS where woud you go and why?
At the moment, probably Central America for a good surf.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
I’d prefer if they made a book! Edward Abbey or Aldo Leopold would make for good authors…assuming we could bring them back from the dead?

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
California Sierras. Of course we’ve all been to our backyard, but there will always be new adventures waiting there.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Mountain trails, my local surf break, or any quiet place where I can engage with a book.

Jakob Chew

Jakob Chew

Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Snake has been a nick name of mine since I was a kid. I was also born on the year of the snake and I have a deep appreciation for that slithering creature.

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Ahhhhh such a tough question since i have the travel bug so bad… But I’d have to say I’d love to go back to Tonsai in Thailand to sport climb, deep water solo, free dive/snorkel, and drink an insane amount of coconuts.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
A movie that is a psychological thriller like waking life, or Mr Nobody… And obviously played by Jared Leto.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I’ve always dreamed of doing a year long climbing trip, starting in Squamish and working my way south to cascades, Smith, Tahoe, Bishop, Yosemite, Indian Creek, Red Rocks, J-tree, and then all the way into Mexico…

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Music, art, and nature get me inspired… Stretching, yoga, and deep breathing get me in the zone. Then to combine them all of those into a rhythm of movement is when i feel the most alive and creative, on or off rock.

Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman

Front Desk + Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Remember, I’m pulling for you. We are all in this together -Red Green

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
I’d like to go the Banff Film Festival in Banff Canada

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
My movie would be an action packed rom-com with a lot of explosions staring Casey Van Glederen

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
ALL OF THEM!!!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Just thinking how awesome my instigram would be helps me
push it to the limit

Frank Dolan

Frank Dolan

Event Team Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Samuel Taylor

Samuel Taylor

Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
“Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours.” –Richard Bach

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, I would need to go to Antarctica because it is the only remaining continent for me to walk on.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
If a movie were made about my life it would probably be a documentary, because I’ve always loved documentaries and strive to live a life worth documenting. I’m not good with actor names, but I hope someone cool would play me!

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
I would love to go back to France to climb in Fontainebleau again!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I find inspiration in seeing a trees’ root breaking through concrete. The tree knows it’s hard to do and it will take time, but it also knows that it is necessary to grow and wont let an obstacle hinder its growth.

Meredith C. McConvill

Meredith C. McConvill

Marketing Intern + Event Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Octopus

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
On the top of my to do list is Croatia.. for both epic rock climbing and cycling!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Adventure documentary! My friend Sarka Pancochova, an Olympic snowboarder, would play me. She’s the most down-to-earth, adventure-seeking girl I know!

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
So many on the bucket list– Sardinia, Corsica, Chamonix, and back to Greece where my husband Tyler and I first met in 2004 and bonded during a weekend of rock climbing in Meteora!

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I draw inspiration from those around me, and enjoy spending time with friends camping, climbing, swimming in the ocean and riding my bicycle.

Maintenance Team

Carey McNabb

Carey McNabb

Facility Maintenance Supervisor

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
“He who says he can, and he who says he can’t, are both usually right” -Confucious
2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?

Definitely Patagonia! Because it’s one of the least human populated and most pristine natural landscape regions on earth. It makes for stellar drinking, eating, and there is avast array of things one could do outside from horseback riding, to backpacking to climbing and so on.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Probably a solid mix between a comedy and a drama with a disconnected yet interrelated screen play (think of the movie Snatch). Christopher Walken would be a cool pick. Not because I think we are alike in any sense, but because he is Christopher Walken.
 
4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park, Maine, would be way rad.
5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Really anything that is physically, intellectually, psychologically/emotionally challenging and novel. I find that I’m most alive when I’m learning/doing something for the first time, meeting new people and/or giving myself a good dose of pain – the good, non detrimental kind – through some sort of sport or physical activity.

Jacob Sundstrom

Jacob Sundstrom

Front Desk Team Member

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Adam Neal

Adam Neal

Facility Maintenance Team Member + Setting Support

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Climbing & Fitness

Connell Ford

Connell Ford

Climbing Programs Supervisor + Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Bill Dabbert

Bill Dabbert

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Gorilla!

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Southern Argentina! Great food, wine and climbing; what else do you need?!

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Literally have no idea! Something about spontaneity and adventure, I suppose.

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where? (If not, where is your favorite place you’ve climbed so far?)
El Chaltén, Argentina

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
Far out in the mountains on an alpine wall with a good friend. Experiences like that are the richest in life (for me)!

Josh Higgins

Josh Higgins

Lead Clinic + Crack Climbing Instructor

Josh has been climbing for 11 years, and his experience spans 14 countries on 4 continents. He’s mentored dozens of people, one who now leads 5.13 trad. Josh loves long, hard, free routes, as apparent by his climbing of The Nose in Yosemite in a day. Josh has put up new routes across the world from Vietnam, to the High Sierra, and in his home crags in the San Diego backcountry. His current goals mostly consist of free climbing big walls previously ascended only by use of aid equipment. He’s an excellent addition to our climbing gym.

Bill McClelland

Bill McClelland

Climbing Instructor

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Mariya Ioffe

Mariya Ioffe

Fitness Instructor

Hello fellow climbers!

Mariya (or Masha) is a certified Personal Trainer with a degree in Kinesiology, as well as a licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist.  Mariya has been a trainer for 8 years and class instructor for 5, and absolutely loves it!  Her style varies based on clientele.  Mariya has worked with a variety of demographics ranging from athletes to those with physical and mental disabilities.  Her view on fitness is that it should be fun, challenging, and rewarding.  Mariya helps her clients find the style of workout that works best for them to create lasting habits and yield results. Whether it’s climbing specific training, TRX, High intensity interval training, pilates, weight training or a mixture of all, she is excited to help you find your perfect balance!

Matthew Navarro

Matthew Navarro

Front Desk Team Member

1. What’s your spirit animal? (or your favorite quote?)
Deer; “Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal.”

2. If you could go any where in the world for TWO WEEKS where would you go and why?
Amazon rainforest; Not only because it’s sheer beauty and vastness but also it’s endless possible plant medicines, biodiversity, and its history with ancient cultures.

3. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Fantasy because life is magical….anyone could play me because we are all “one”sie!!!

4. Do you have an outdoor climbing place that is on your bucket list? Where?
This list would be endless…..BUT one of my main goals is to watch the sunrise and the sunset on the highest peaks in every country in the world.

5. Where do you find inspiration? (or what do you do to “get in the zone?”)
I like to find my inspiration through intuition. I spend a good amount of time in deep thought feeling what my heart yearns for. Once I feel the desire for something the rest will come naturally overtime. For me, getting in the zone is just being present in the moment, focused exactly on what’s in front of me and not getting caught up in expectations, allowing myself to flow naturally without any mental limitation.

Colin Flauta

Colin Flauta

Fitness Instructor

Colin grew up in North Lake Tahoe and has been an athlete his entire life. Starting skiing and snowboarding at a young age, his love of adventure sports is engrained in him. His hard work ethic comes from living in the mountains, working hard everyday to help maintain the house. He has been doing physical training since his football days in high school. He is experienced in various disciplines of martial arts. Colin believes that being physically and mentally fit is a lifestyle for an adventure seeker and an important part of being an athlete.

Danford Jooste

Danford Jooste

Event Team Member + Climbing Instructor

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Ian Cunningham

Ian Cunningham

Fitness Instructor

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