Hours & Location
2540 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
About Originally a Nebraska native, Alex wasn’t introduced to climbing until he left the Cornhusker state, and has never looked back. With a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, Alex has spent the last 9 years traveling and studying while enjoying his outdoor passions including climbing, hiking, biking, and camping. After a string of various wildfires, and a devastating flood, Alex moved from the high Rockies to the land of 10,000 lakes in 2013. Alex began managing Vertical Endeavors Duluth shortly after moving to Minnesota, and in June 2017 chose to move to the Twin Cities and take on the role of Facility Manager here at Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis.
Hometown: Wakefield, NE
Climbing Since: 2009
Favorite Type of Climbing: Multi-Pitch Trad
Favorite Climbing Area: Palisade Head
What I love about climbing: My favorite thing about climbing is that it can take you to the most inspiring and unique places on our planet. Whether you are situated thousands of feet above the Valley floor in Yosemite, or standing on top of Devils Tower in Wyoming, you understand that it is special to be able to experience something that very few will have the privilege of doing.
Other Interests: Camping, Photography, Travel.
Since: August of 2016
About Me: Climbing is my passion. I started climbing as a kid, but not in earnest until I started climbing weekly at the U of M until I graduated and went to St. Cloud State University. There I spent most of my time either in class, or at the rock climbing wall on campus. While there I started setting regularly. It was during the summer of 2013 that I started working at Vertical Endeavors as a camp counselor. After college I taught high school and middle school math in Stillwater and Minneapolis, all the while maintaining a part time job at Vertical Endeavors. In the summer of 2016 I was excited to accept a full time position at Vertical Endeavors and work more closely with my passion.
Hometown: Plymouth MN
Climbing Since: 2005
Favorite Type of Climbing: Any climbing that gets me outside
Favorite Climbing Area: Robinson Park, Sandstone MN.
What I love about climbing: I love how climbing combines problem solving with physical activity. What’s more is that the challenge is personal. You are competing against another person or another team you are competing against yourself. The other climbers are just other people on the same journey as you, so you get to bond with them over the moves, rather than building animosity or rivalries. That isn’t to say that can’t happen in climbing but it’s not as common as it is in other sports.
Other Interests: Backpacking, biking, cooking, reading, running and teaching.
Interesting Facts: I prefer biking to driving, in fact when I went to school in St. Cloud I would bike home to Plymouth to visit family and friends. Also, I love spicy food despite being born and raised in Minnesota – not just Minnesota spicy, thai spicy is mild to me.
Since: March 2017
Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
Climbing Since: Spring 2016
Favorite Type of Climbing: Top rope. My experience with lead is pretty minimal, so it’s nice to be able to focus more on the wall than the clipping and falling that comes with lead.
Favorite Climbing Area: From the places I’ve been so far? North Shore. You can’t beat the view anywhere else in the state.
What I love about climbing: It exercises both my brain and my body. A lot of sports require quick decision making, but with climbing I have the time to try, fail, and figure out new ways to break a problem I’m stuck on.
Other Interests: When I’m not at the gym, you can typically find me practicing banjo, among other folksy acoustic instruments, playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading something philosophical or theological in nature, doing yoga, cross country skiing, or knitting a Norse looking something or another.
Interesting Facts: My full name is 29 letters long, I can name the first two generations of Pokemon, and I am vaguely related to one of the engineers that oversaw construction on the Hoover Dam.
About Me: I am mostly sarcastic and often inquisitive. I am curious and built on a restless set of bones that I try to push into movement and new ground. I don’t know which way on a baby is up, but I can find the spot on just about any animal that needs a scratch the most. I enjoy being outside, laughing until my gut aches, traveling, and well-timed quips.
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Climbing Since: 2007
Favorite Type of Climbing: Multi-pitch Trad Climbing (or any kind of multi-pitch climbing)
Favorite Climbing Area: Red Rocks, Red River Gorge
What I love about climbing: It introduces you to a whole new way to look at failure, it forces you to problem-solve, and it teaches you about risk-taking. It also is surrounded by this amazing community of which to be a part. There’s rarely a feeling of competing against others; just with them, and with yourself. Climbing fosters a relationship that requires hunger and drive and a steady acceptance to move with rather than against and that is what I love about it. It also offers you an opportunity to see truly extraordinary places from a pretty unique perspective. If offers you travel, motivation, a healthy lifestyle, patience, challenges, and victories. And as tempting as it is to keep something this good to yourself, having the ability to teach other aspiring climbers how to responsibly, ethically, and uniquely interact with the outdoors is a pretty great experience.
Other Interests: Photography, backpacking, hiking, writing, gymnastics, skiing, camping, reading, cheese-sampling, wise-cracking, list-making, swashbuckling, dancing out my awkwardness, fake moustaches, tea.
1. I consider any day not spent cuddling with animals a waste. I’ve wasted a lot of days…
2. Amy Poehler is for sure my spirit animal.
3. Interesting facts should never be acquired in list form.
About Me: I don’t always dyno, but when I do, I dynosoar. (terrible, yet so good)
Avid mattress back who spends most of his time slinging plastic or eating Cheezits. On the daily grind to supply the movement that sets the mood for any and all climbers! Can’t find me in the gym? My son and I are lost in a boulder field. Don’t come find us. Have a question about that sick project? Don’t hesitate to ask me for the beta I won’t give you. : )
Climbing Since: 2013
Favorite Type of Climbing: anything that doesn’t involve an axe
Favorite Climbing Area: southern Illinois
What I love about climbing: it never lets up
Other Interests: photography/ reading/ the occasional bubble bath (are these allowed to carry humor?)
Interesting Fact: It’s possible to send a route and finish a large pizza at the same time.
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.