CBJ Interviews With Climbing Business Professionals

interviews with climbing business professionals

Over the years CBJ has interviewed dozens of climbing gym founders, managers, routesetters, and other professionals of indoor climbing. The majority of the interviews below were conducted by John Burgman, with contributions from Jackie Hueftle, Joe Robinson, Naomi Stevens, and Holly Yu Tung Chen.

ARTICLE TITLENAME(S)BUSINESSTITLETOPIC
Family - and Climbing Family - Come FirstJesse WaldorfBC - Strait UpCo-Foundermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-closures-with-strait-up-climbing-family-comes-first/
Problem Solving TogetherLauren WatsonBC - Ground UpDirector & Co-Ownermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-lauren-watson-problem-solving-together/
Pride, Relief, ExhaustionSimon PartonBC - Project ClimbingNational Competition Chief Routesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/pride-relief-exhaustion-behind-the-wrench-with-simon-parton/
Making Life BetterAndrew CoffeyBC - The HiveOwner & King Worker Beemanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/making-life-better-behind-the-desk-with-andrew-coffey/
Breaking BoundariesCamielle WeetlyCA - Cliffs of IdRoutesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-wrench-with-camielle-weetly/
Letting the Routesetting Gods Take OverClaire MillerCA - Grotto ClimbingRoutesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/letting-the-routesetting-gods-take-over-behind-the-wrench-with-claire-miller/
Distance Learning Meets Climbing: Sender One's COOL CampCrystal TanCA - Sender OneBrand Marketing Managerprogramminghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/distance-learning-meets-climbing-sender-ones-cool-camp/
Keeping Things Community-CentricMailee HungCA - TouchstoneDirector of Communications and Community Engagementmanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/keeping-things-community-centric-behind-the-desk-with-mailee-hung/
Where Computers and Climbing MeetJon LacheltCO - Ascent StudioOwnermanagement, datahttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/where-computers-and-climbing-meet-behind-the-desk-with-jon-lachelt/
Helping People Do What They Were Born to DoLara Grosjean & Heather RobinsonCO - CityROCKMajority Owner & General Managermanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/helping-people-do-what-they-were-born-to-do-behind-the-desk-at-cityrock-colorado-springs/
Private Coaching is Getting More PopularEmmett CooksonCO - DenverParaclimbing National Team Coach and Personal Trainercoachinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-paraclimbing-national-team-coach-emmett-cookson/
Storytelling Through MovementHolly ChenCO - Ubergrippen & BRCRoutesetter, Writerroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/storytelling-through-movement-behind-the-wrench-with-holly-chen/
"Climb Rocking"Heel Hook HarryCO - Wooden MountainMascotmarketing, programminghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/climb-rocking-with-heel-hook-harry/
The Value of Routesetting MentorshipMatt RatajczakDC - BKB EckingtonRoute Setting Managerroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/the-value-of-routesetting-mentorship-behind-the-wrench-with-bkbs-matt-ratajczak/
Community as a Long-Term InvestmentBritton FrankelFL - DynoClimbCo-Ownermanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/community-as-a-long-term-investment-behind-the-desk-with-britton-frankel/
Every Town Can Hold a Climbing GymAdrian PrelipceanuGA - Active ClimbingOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/every-town-can-hold-a-climbing-gym-behind-the-desk-with-adrian-prelipceanu/
Optimism Solves ProblemsDon CampbellID - GemstoneOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-closures-with-don-campbell-optimism-solves-problems/
The Future of Climbing Competitions in a COVID-19 WorldClint Colwell & Gary MattosID - The CommonsCo-Owner & Head Routesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/the-future-of-climbing-competitions-in-a-covid-19-world/
We All Have a StoryLynnette MillerKY - Rock Gem & Vision HoldsOwnerroutesetting, coaching, shapinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/we-all-have-a-story-behind-the-desk-with-lynnette-miller/
Value Propositions and Pricing Sweet SpotsLee Guilbeau & Robb AntrobusLA - UpTownCo-Foundersmanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/value-propositions-and-pricing-sweet-spots-behind-the-desk-with-uptown/
Standing Out In a City of Many GymsMichael PauknerMA - Rock SpotManagermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/standing-out-in-a-city-of-many-gyms-behind-the-desk-with-michael-paukner/
Routesetting Should Be Fun - It's Not Brain SurgeryAlison KrayerMD - Earth Treks HampdenRoutesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/routesetting-should-be-fun-its-not-brain-surgery-behind-the-wrench-with-alison-krayer/
The Midwest Psych Is HighChristopher DealMN - Nature of the NorthDirector of Climbingroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/the-midwest-psych-is-high-behind-the-wrench-with-christopher-deal/
Climbers and Riders Both Show UpElizabeth JacksonNC - RiveterGeneral Manager & Foundermanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/climbers-and-riders-both-show-up-behind-the-desk-with-riveter-founder-elizabeth-jackson/
What Makes a Good Gym Video?Jeremiah Curtis, Aaron Stromberg & Ben LaneNM - Stone AgeFilmmakersmarketinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/what-makes-a-good-gym-video/
Behind the Desk with Kristina EricsonKristina EricsonNY - The CliffsEvents Coordinatoreventshttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-kristina-ericson/
Providing Climbing for EverybodyEmily Buckley & Lulu RodriguezNY - The Cliffs HarlemDirector of Operations & General Managerprogramminghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-emily-buckley-and-lulu-rodriguez/
Taking 24-Hour Access Coast to CoastDavid SacherNY - VITAL BrooklynCo-Foundermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/taking-24-hour-gym-access-coast-to-coast-behind-the-desk-with-david-sacher/
Simpler Ideas Win the DayTrevor GalvinOK - BlocworksOperations Supervisorprogramming, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/simpler-ideas-win-the-day-behind-the-desk-with-trevor-galvin-at-blocworks/
Gearing Up for Survival ModeHannah MosierOK - Climb TulsaAssistant Managermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-closures-with-hannah-mosier-gearing-up-for-survival-mode/
Setting Your Own WayTony AgnelliON - Of Rock and ChalkRoutesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-wrench-with-tony-agnelli-setting-your-own-way/
Our Gym Is Still StandingMatt LambertOR - Rogue Rock GymOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/our-gym-is-still-standing-behind-the-desk-with-matt-lambert/
Behind the Desk with Danny BurkheadDanny BurkheadOR - The CircuitGeneral Managermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-danny-burkhead/
From Doctor to Director of ClimbingWade DesaiPA - ASCENDDirector of Climbingprogramminghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/from-doctor-to-director-of-climbing-behind-the-desk-with-wade-desai-at-ascend/
Always Be Open to New IdeasCharlie SchreiberPA - Reach ClimbingDirector of Programmingcoaching, managementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/always-be-open-to-new-ideas-behind-the-desk-with-charlie-schreiber/
It's a New WorldMichael FeinbergPA - Reach ClimbingOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/its-a-new-world-behind-the-desk-with-michael-feinberg/
Letting Go of an IdeaAaron DavisSC - BlocHavenHead Routesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/letting-go-of-an-idea-behind-the-wrench-with-aaron-davis/
What It's Like to Open a New Gym During a PandemicTravis KlinghagenSD - ClimberzOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/what-its-like-to-open-a-new-gym-during-a-pandemic/
A Custodian of the CommunityJordan MackaySK - Regina Climbing CentreFoundermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/a-custodian-of-the-community-behind-the-closures-with-jordan-mackay/
Comp Combines Spicy Chicken with Epic SendsJonathan BrandtTN - Climb NashvilleRoutesetting Directorevents, routesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/comp-combines-spicy-chicken-with-epic-sends/
Making Route Design a Team EffortCody GrodzkiTN - High Point ChattanoogaDirector of Routesettingroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-wrench-with-cody-grodzki/
Getting a Gym Ready for National Team Trials During a PandemicJohn WiygulTN - High Point MemphisPresidenteventshttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/getting-a-gym-ready-for-national-team-trials-during-a-pandemic/
The Meaning of CommunityJon Hawk & Daniel ArnoldTN - Memphis RoxDirector of Operations & Training / Volunteer Coordinatormanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/the-meaning-of-community-behind-the-desk-with-memphis-rox/
Community Happens FastAndrew AndressTX - Armadillo BouldersOperations Managermanagement, communityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/community-happens-fast-behind-the-desk-with-andrew-andress/
Work Hard and Enjoy the ProcessBen WaggonerTX - Cave ClimbingOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-ben-waggoner/
Gym Events that Benefit the CommunityLydia HuelskampTX - Crux Climbing CenterMarketing & Events Managereventshttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-lydia-huelskamp-events-that-benefit-the-community/
Our Staff Matter MostJacquelyn HortonUT - Contact ClimbingGym Manager & Co-Foundermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/our-staff-matter-most-behind-the-desk-with-jacquelyn-horton/
Routesetting in a New EraEddie MorillasUT - The FrontDirector of Routesettingroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/routesetting-in-a-new-era-behind-the-wrench-with-eddie-morillas/
From Volunteer Routesetter To Gym ManagerMatthew Butler-BugherVT - MetroRock EssexGeneral Managermanagement, routesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/from-volunteer-routesetter-to-gym-manager/
Community Will Help Sustain UsAndrea CharestVT - Petra CliffsOwner & Guidemanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-closures-with-andrea-charest/
All Ships Will RiseNathan HadleyWA - Bouldering ProjectSetting Managerroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/all-ships-will-rise-behind-the-wrench-with-nathan-hadley/
Proving Try-Hard Gyms WorkAndrew HouWA - UpliftFoundermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/proving-try-hard-gyms-work-behind-the-desk-with-uplifts-andrew-hou/
Gyms in South America Are Adapting TooFernando CicconiArgentina - Realization EscaladaChief Routesetterroutesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/gyms-in-south-america-are-adapting-too-behind-the-desk-with-fernando-cicconi/
Learning, Adapting, Growing in AustraliaJack MaselAustralia - 9 Dewgrees WaterlooManager & Head Routesettermanagement, routesettinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-jack-masel-learning-adapting-growing-in-australia/
Bringing a Dream to Life in IsraelYuval HamburgIsrael - Performance RockOwnermanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-yuval-hamburg-in-israel/
U.S. Comp Climbing's Top JournalistJohn BurgmanCBJ, Climbing MagazineJournalistcommunityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/meet-john-burgman-us-comp-climbings-top-journalist/
Finding Time To VolunteerEmily MooreClimbing Wall AssociationEvents Managereventshttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/finding-time-to-volunteer-behind-the-desk-with-emily-moore/
A Climbing Wall ArtistPhil LewisEldorado ClimbingArtistartworkhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-desk-with-phil-lewis-a-climbing-wall-artist/
Old Ropes, New ArtElliot LacroixEnd of the Line DesignArtistartworkhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/old-ropes-new-art-behind-the-desk-with-elliot-lacroix/
Chalk Business is Changing TooKevin BrownFriction LabsCo-Founder & CEOmanagementhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/chalk-business-is-changing-too-behind-the-closures-with-kevin-brown/
Growth Spurs InnovationJohn OungstKAYACustomer Success Managercommunityhttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/growth-spurs-innovation-behind-the-desk-with-john-oungst/
Now Is the Time to Come TogetherAndy NelsonMethod GripsPresidentshapinghttps://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/behind-the-closures-with-andy-nelson/