About Me: I started climbing my senior year of high school and never stopped. The gym I started climbing at was in the middle of a mall and was run by volunteers. This gym was where my passion for the sport and the community first began. The gym no longer exists but it will forever be one of my favorite places to climb. After two years as Manager at that gym, I took a job at Vertical Endeavors and moved to Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Since then I have been dedicated to expanding my climbing skills and knowledge, and have continued to share my passion with others.
Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Climbing Since: 2009
Favorite Type of Climbing: I can honestly say I love all types.
Favorite Climbing Area: Anywhere with my friends.
What I love about climbing: I love the community, the sense of accomplishment and the mental battle of climbing. The community is so welcoming and loves to share their passion for the sport with others. I can honestly say the climbing community is one of a kind.
Other interests: Other outdoor adventures, hiking biking, camping, etc
Interesting Facts: All swans in England belong to the Queen, Polar Bears are left handed, and I am a Gryffindor.
About Me: I have been coaching snowboarding for 8 years so I was really excited to start coaching climbing as well. I love seeing the Climb Team kids excel and find joy in climbing!
Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin
Climbing Since: 2015
Favorite Type of Climbing: Slab, stemming, anything technical
Favorite Climbing Area: Kentucky Red River Gorge
Other Interests: Snowboarding, photography, finding the best Chinese restaurant in Duluth
About Me: I like teaching and I like climbing, so working with Climb Team is a natural fit for me. I love working with our team kids and watching them grow and get more engaged with the sport. Plus I like having people do what I say.
Hometown: Golden Valley, MN
Climbing Since: 2013
Favorite Type of Climbing: Indoor Trad Solo
What I like about climbing: It is a chance to yell and show off my muscles in a socially-acceptable way
Other Interests: Photography, snowboarding, travel, reading
Interesting Facts: I learned to rock climb in Japan and I learned to use chopsticks in America
About Me: I have more legs then I have body, so finding pants that fit me can be hard. I never seemed to like any major sports growing up, such as football and basketball. I played a lot of random sports, which I feel has turned me into the major gear junkie I am today. I know an absurd amount of gear facts most people don’t care about, but I’m happy to keep telling people about them. I hate math but love raspberries.
Favorite Type of Climbing (Bouldering/Top Rope/Sport Lead/Trad): Hard Top Ropes
Favorite Climbing Area: Moab UT
Best Climbing Story/What I love about climbing: I had only been climbing indoors for 3 months when I did my very first outdoor rock climb. The route was a 5.10 multi-pitch trad climb called Ancient Art in the Fisher Towers, located near Moab, UT. That climb, to date, is still one of my fondest climbing moments.
As for the question, what I love about climbing or why I love climbing? It’s impossible for me to answer, but I do know that climbing is the closest thing to my religion.
Other Interests: Is there such a thing?
Interesting Facts: I have cadaver bone, pins and plates in my heel due to lack of double checks. Climb SAFE or don’t climb. Also, Flamingos are only pink because of the food they eat, if they don’t eat enough then the turn grey. I think that’s Interesting.
Anyone entering the Facility must have a signed/completed “Vertical Endeavors Release of all Claims, Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnification Agreement, Rules Agreement and General Warnings” form on file.
Members and guests under the age of 18 must have the Form signed by their parent or court-appointed legal guardian.
Everyone must check in at the front counter before entering the climbing area. Members must show a counter employee their membership card and picture ID when entering.
Before using the Auto Belays, Bouldering, Belaying, Lead Climbing or Lead Belaying, you must be checked out by a Vertical Endeavors staff member. You will be given a wristband when you check in. Upon passing the qualication, the staff will remove the wristband and will enter your name in our database as qualied for that activity.
Warning: Wristbands removed by the climber may result in loss of climbing privileges.
Climbing on any artificial climbing wall may result in falls and/or injuries. By participating in any activities in any VE facility the participant agrees and understands that they assume all risks for their actions. Your voluntary participation in activities sponsored by Vertical Endeavors has INHERENT RISKS that can result in serious injury or death. Injuries may also include twists, strains, sprains, dislocations, etc.
Inherent risks may include, but are not limited to the following:
NOTE: Any infractions of the above rules will result in loss of privileges for that event. Repeated infractions will result in loss of membership privileges.
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All customers using the Auto Belays must be oriented to the proper use of this system. Orientation will allow you to use only the Auto Belays until you have passed the regular top rope belay check-out. It is the climber’s responsibility to properly clip into the Auto Belay and to perform the proper double checks on themselves. Always “DOUBLE CLIP”! Always “DOUBLE CHECK”! Stay in line with top anchor. NEVER CLIMB INTO SLACK!
Children under the age of 12 must be supervised and connected to the Auto Belays by an adult.
Using Auto Belays to climb cracks is not allowed due to safety concerns.
Bouldering is only allowed over padded areas. Do not boulder under roped climbers. Bouldering is not allowed next to, above or across the emergency door area. It is recommended to have a minimum of one spotter per climber when bouldering. When Bouldering, the Boulderer’s feet shall not pass above a height on the wall that is equivalent to the height of the shoulders of the Boulderer when standing on the floor. A climber’s voluntary participation in Bouldering indicates their acknowledgment that Bouldering is dangerous and that a spotter may not prevent injuries. Spotters understand that they may be injured by the Boulderer if they should fall. Padded landing surfaces may help to prevent injuries but are not designed to prevent injuries to extremities. Serious injuries can occur on any landing surface. Climb at your own risk!
Only authorized participants may climb or boulder on the walls. Authorization must be obtained by demonstrating the appropriate skills to an appointed member of the staff on duty in the facility.
You must be 18 to top out on boulder. If you do not demonstrate controlled falls or topping out you may lose your top out boulder privileges.
All belayers and climbers agree to utilize proper belaying technique and agree to DOUBLE CHECK their set-up before beginning the climb. The belayer will check the climber’s gear and knots, and the climber will check the belayer’s system and exchange confirmation that the set-up is correct. This is most important and must be performed at the start of each and every climb!
The belayer must pay attention to the climber at all times.
Children must be 14 or older in order to belay (Exceptions by arrangement only.)
Lead climbing at Vertical Endeavors is a privilege. Lead climbers that do not abide by the Lead climbing rules will be warned and Leading privileges may be taken away. Practice lead falls are not allowed in the facility except in lessons supervised by Vertical Endeavors staff. All Lead climbers must have a VE lead climbing tag on their harness.
Children must be 16 or older to Lead Belay or Lead Climb (Exceptions by arrangement only.)