Hours & Location
9601 James Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431
About Me: Born and raised in the Twin Cities. My wife got me into climbing when we started dating in 2002. Ever since, climbing has been something that we have enjoyed doing together. We now have three kids and most of our family road trips are spent camping and climbing with the whole gang.
Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Climbing Since: 2002
Favorite Type of Climbing: Easy/moderate trad routes that are really tall.
Favorite Climbing Area: Tough to answer. Many memorable trips to the Black Hills and Montana.
What I love about climbing: The adventure, the perspective gained and sharing the experience with others.
Other Interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, travelling, reading, learning, coffee, music, playing in bands, skiing, kayaking.
Interesting Facts: For many years I played the Tuba in orchestras.
About Me: I began my climbing career in October 2008 with a trip to VE Saint Paul for the Thursday Night Meetup followed by a weekend of climbing at Taylors Falls and Red Wing. While I was hooked and began climbing at least a few times a month it was not until a friend gifted me a three month membership in the spring of 2011 that I started climbing several times a week. That summer I attended a route setting clinic at VE Saint Paul and joined the ranks of VE Setters. By the fall of 2012 I had worked my way on to the Minneapolis crew and was setting every chance I could get. As a setter I got to know all of the staff and many of our members. I 2014 I approached the Minneapolis facility manager and expressed an interest in becoming an employee. After year of discussing possible roles I was hired as the second assistant facility manager.
Climbing Since: 2008
Favorite Type of Climbing: I love it all but have to say trad and sport lead are my favorite types of climbing.
Favorite Climbing Area: For sport climbing I could spend years at Horseshoe Canyon and what Minnesota Climber does not love the Black Hills!
What I love about climbing: I love the adventure and the rush but have to say my favorite aspect of climbing is the community. What other industry could I work in where my best friends are my coworkers and customers?
Other Interests: When I am not climbing you can usually find me enjoying live music somewhere. The mosh pit at First Ave is a close second to taking whippers in my life of thrills! Oh, and I fancy myself an aspiring home brewer. Climbing music and beer, who could ask for more?
Interesting Facts: As a kid I traveled extensively throughout the south west with my parents including California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. If someone had only tied me into a rope back then I may have never moved back to Michigan after high school and eventually found myself working at a climbing gym in Minnesota.
About Me: After a brief, post-college stint in the world of corporate finance, Madison traded her fancy desk job for a road bike, some chamois butter, and the opportunity to lead a cross country cycling trip. 4,000 and some odd miles later, standing on that one beach where they filmed the end of the The Goonies, she admitted she was powerless over her growing obsession with all things adventure. Abandoning the meticulously planned career path she’d envisioned in her youth, Madison spends her time immersed in a passionate pursuit of the things that make her tick, including but not limited to: coordinating Groups and Programs at VE Bloomington, guiding canoe treks through the Boundary Waters, teaching yoga, building up those REI dividends, and climbing every dihedral she stumbles upon.
Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Climbing Since: 2015
Favorite Type of Climbing: I’m such a sucker for stemming.
Favorite Climbing Area: Anything outside.
What I love about climbing… The people. No question. There’s just this certain, beautiful level of eccentricity inherent in the sport that you don’t find anywhere else. I mean, we write odes to our trad gear… (just ask Tiffany about her feelings for the pink Tricam).
Other Interests: Handstands, Dwight Schrute, and peanut m&ms.
Interesting Facts: Owns 7 vests. Passionately despises fluorescent lighting. Always eats the entire apple.
Since: As long as you can remember.
About me: I have the short man beta you need.
Hometown: Hudson, WI
Climbing since: 2007
Favorite type of climbing: All of it. Any of it. Just get me on real rock.
Favorite climbing area: The next climbing trip destination.
What I love about climbing: Getting high.
Other interests: Climbing is life. I mean, I guess there’s other stuff like art, music, and my dog.
About Me: Born and raised all over the state of Minnesota. Formal climbing education in and around Duluth led me to discover a love of adventure climbing and big open spaces. Recently I’ve moved back to the twin cities after years living and climbing in California to be closer to family and the local chossy limestone.
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Climbing Since: 2002
Favorite Type of Climbing: Balancy and fingery. Walls in a push! I often gravitate towards granite and sandstone, but have occasional flings with limestone and others.
Favorite Climbing Area: Yosemite Valley
What I love about climbing: How it can teach you a lot about yourself and the world around you if you pay attention.
Other Interests: Bicycling, trail running/hiking, backpacking, music, food and all types of skiing/snowboarding.
Interesting Facts: My cat has climbed V2 at Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Plan a group visit!
Vertical Endeavors offers options for groups big and small. Bring your group in to experience the thrill of climbing. No experience is necessary and there is no age limit. We offer climbing for all ages and abilities!
Take a Lesson!
Do you want to advance to the next level? We offer lessons for those committed climbers. A lesson with one of our staff members will open you up to new techniques and possibilities in the climbing world. We offer lessons in Basic Top Rope Skills, Movements + Technique, and Sport Lead Climbing. We also offer personalized Private Lessons so that you can work one on one with a knowledgeable instructor on how to advance your skill set.
All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.