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Mission Statement

To foster an engaging community of ALL climbers who support each other in active pursuits of bouldering, rock climbing, alpine climbing, and mountaineering.


Whitney Cole

  • Began Climbing: 2014

  • Learned to Climb: Hoosier Heights, Bloomington, IN

  • Favorite Climbing Style: Crimpy sport climbs

  • Favorite Climbing Area: Red River Gorge, KY

  • Favorite Gear: Solaris Women's Harness and any kind of wearable sleeping bag

  • Outdoor Interests: Gardening, birdwatching, hiking, paddleboarding

  • Eight-to-Five: Natural Resources Attorney

Cody Sally

Vice President
  • Began Climbing: 2017

  • Learned to Climb: RoKC and sooo many Missouri crags

  • Favorite Climbing Styles: Slopers and heel hooks at a slight overhang

  • Favorite Climbing Area: Hueco Tanks State Park in El Paso, TX

  • Favorite Gear: Comfortable shoes, often not velcroed.

  • Outdoor Interests: Sand volleyball, long climbing/camping trips in my skoolie.

  • Eight-to-Five: Home Remodeler

Rachel Rilinger

  • Began Climbing: 2000

  • Learned to Climb: @Rockreation in LA

  • Favorite Climbing Styles: Multi-pitch

  • Favorite Climbing Area: Red Rocks

  • Favorite Gear: Tanaya or Scarpa climbing shoes

  • Outdoor Interests: Climbing, hiking, SUP, kayaking, wind surfing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, wakeboarding

  • Eight-to-Five: Board Certified Music Therapist, Accredited Tai Chi Chih instructor, Reiki Master Teacher, Life Coach

Kate Hayes

  • Began Climbing: 2016

  • Learned to Climb: RoKC North

  • Favorite Climbing Styles: Overhang boulders

  • Favorite Gear: FiveTen Moccasym

  • Outdoor Interests: National Parks, Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Canoeing, Soccer

  • Eight-to-Five: Graphic Designer

Emma Fernhout

Social Media
  • Began Climbing: 2021

  • Learned to Climb: Sequence and RoKC

  • Favored Climbing Styles: Overhang boulders and switchback tall walls

  • Favorite Gear: REI co-op water bottles and a good backpack

  • Outdoor Interests: Hikes with dogs, forest bathing, whale watching

  • Eight-to-Five: Youth Librarian

Andy Rhoades

Board Member
  • Began Climbing: 2015

  • Learned to Climb: Ibex and Cliff Drive

  • Favorite Climbing Styles: Sport

  • Favorite Climbing Area: Horseshoe Canyon

  • Favorite Gear: Coffee Thermos

  • Outdoor Interests: Camping, hiking

  • Eight-to-Five: Scientist

Chuong Nguyen

Board Member
  • Began Climbing: 2003

  • Learned to Climb: Ibex and the Cave, took my first whipper at Trapper's.

  • Favored Climbing Styles: Horizontal jugs and toe jams

  • Favorite Climbing Area: Wild Iris and the town of Lander, Wyoming

  • Favorite Gear: Exped Megamat 10, earplugs for sleeping among goats

  • Outdoor Interests: Mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and critter seeking

  • Eight-to-Five: Encouraging disturber