Gym/Marketing Manager - Employeee since 2008
Ty began climbing on the loose choss of the Turnagin Arm outside of Anchorage, Alaska at the tender age of 13. At age 14, he got his first trad rack consisting of 7 hexes and 10 nuts and began leading every choss pile around, and in the process scaring the ever living crap out of himself and his partners. After breaking more holds than he can count, Ty moved to Bozeman in 2005 and found that climbing didn't have to feel like a life or death situation on every outing. Ty has been living in Bozeman and climbing on the Gneissic rock of Gallatin Canyon ever since. His other hobbies include 18 hour days outside, running till his legs give out, and photography.
Favorite Climbs: Ty loves the Gallatin Canyon and anything longer than 1 pitch. Favorite climbs are like choosing favorite children, but he is partial to Solar Slab (14 pitches, 5.6 hand crack) in Red Rocks and slab climbs in the Northern Bridgers.
Program Manager - Employee since 2016
Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Kim grew up loving snow, rock, and anything outdoors. She learned to ski and backpack as soon as she could walk but didn’t find rock climbing until college. Sitting in freshman orientation, she signed up for “Rock Climbing 101” just for fun. She fell in love and went on to work at SteepWorld in Billings and spend countless hours on the sandstone bluffs surrounding the city. Coming to Bozeman in 2015 for the outdoor recreation that it provides, she now is stoked to keep exploring the local crags and play on some ice this winter.
Favorite Climbs: Brown Sugar (Billings, MT), Beer Bong (Ten Sleep Canyon)
Office Manager - Employee since 2015
Shauna grew up near Seattle (why she sounds like she’s from Minnesota, no one knows) but decided early on that she wanted to live in Montana. She moved to Bozeman after high school, started a family, and was bitten by the climbing bug later than most. Determined to learn the sport, she would climb alone late at night, bumbling her way up boulder problems with her headphones in. Her life now revolves around her kids, climbing, and trying to find the best local IPA.
Favorite routes: The Ladder (best V2 ever - Mt. Evans, CO), Flyhedral (Madison River), Wu-tang’s Wild Shinto Ride (Ten Sleep, WY).
Route Setting Manager, Team Coach - Employee since 2013
Taylor got her start trad climbing in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY. When she moved to Bozeman in 2011, she began bouldering and sport climbing and learned how to pull on plastic in the gym. She loves to climb precarious technasty slab and anything involving body tension and is notorious for testing technical prowess and route-reading skills with her routesetting. Taylor loves that climbing presents both a mental and physical challenge and credits the sport with teaching her several lessons in trust, confidence, and risk management. On her rare days off from climbing, she can be found trail running, cooking, or curled up with a good book.
Favorite Climbs: Irukandji Syndrome at Natural Bridge, Byline at Bozeman Pass, Honey Bear in El Salto, and Dances with Cows in Ten Sleep.
Customer Specialist, Instructor - Employee since 2012
Renee moved to Bozeman four years ago, and started climbing at Spire the day she rolled into town. Renee is from Reno, Nevada and studied Spanish and Community Health Sciences while feeding her addiction for adventure sports in the Tahoe area. As an adventurous athlete, Renee got serious about climbing in 2009 when the desire to pursue a new, potentially life-threatening sport called her off the ground and onto the rock. When she's not projecting Bozeman's gnarly sport climbs, Renee shreds sweet pow and works as a ski patroller at the Yellowstone Club, runs the toughest trail races in the West, and is learning the ins and outs of Montana trad climbing.
Favorite Climbs: Renee loves any place she can get her hands on rock!
Customer Specialist, Graphic Designer, Instructor, Routesetter - Employee since 2013
Hailey was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where she cultivated a love for anything outdoors. She started climbing in 2010 upon arriving in Bozeman and immediately was hooked on the physicality and mentality of the sport. In addition to climbing, Hailey enjoys long distance trail running, mountain biking, nordic and alpine skiing, and spending time in the mountains. If she isn't spending time outside, you can find usually find her cuddled up with a mug of tea or in the kitchen baking her legendary chocolate chip cookies.
Favorite Climbs: She loves long moderate trad routes and summiting desert towers in Moab, but around Montana her favorite areas are the Gallatin Canyon and the Northern Bridgers. Her favorite route is The Mutt and Jeff at Humbug Spires.
Customer Specialist, Instructor - Employee since 2015
Customer Specialist, Instructor - Employee since 2016
Growing up in Bozeman, Parker began to experience all the wonders and glories of climbing through swinging ice tools as a part of the Junior Mountaineering Team in 2011. After spending some time meandering through Nepal climbing, teaching, and convincing himself that there is no food better than curry, Parker landed back in Montana to study anthropology at Montana State University. Nowadays, Parker can be found swinging tools in Hyalite, falling off of sport climbs, attempting to have the best style in the Tour de Hyalite, slacklining, and instructing the Junior Mountaineering Team when not studying or working.
Customer Specialist, Instructor - Employee since 2018
Coming from Idaho, Katie grew up with her life revolving around horses until 2015. After a change of direction she started to look for a new sport and hobby. That was when she climbed at a rock gym for the first time and has been climbing ever since. She has recently made the move to Bozeman from Boise, Idaho. After two seasons of ice climbing in Hyalite, and with the promise of cold weather for months and big mountains close to home she couldn't resist. Though she loves to rock climb, her passion in the climbing world is ice and big glaciated mountains. Being fairly new to climbing, Katie loves the learning aspect that comes with each person you meet in the climbing community and the way the sport revolves around partnership and physical effort. When Katie isn't climbing, you can find her out riding horses, bikes, skiing and enjoying time hiking on the trails.