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. Taylor loves to climb precarious technasty slab and is notorious for testing technical prowess 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 mountain biking, skiing, or curled up with a good book.
Favorite Climbs: The Waltz and Soft in the Middle in Gallatin Canyon; Cocaine Rodeo in Ten Sleep; Last Dance in Spearfish Canyon
Bozeman Climbing Team Coach - Employee since 2012
Aaron started his climbing career on his high school’s climbing team but very quickly ventured outside to the cliffs of Colorado’s front range. Since moving to Bozeman, Aaron has been able to dedicate most of his time to climbing, training, coaching, and dreaming about climbing. Although most of his free time is spent bouldering or sport climbing on a rock somewhere, he can occasionally be spotted at a local competition.
Favorite Climbs: Tilt Shift in Red Rocks, Scarface in Smith Rocks, and Songline in Gallatin Canyon.
Customer Specialist, Routesetter - Employee since 2012
Subsisting on a diet of high-octane coffee, chicken-apple bratwurst, and Muscle Milk, Alex spends the winter season bouldering anything icicle-free, pulling plastic, and male-modeling toe-socks. In the summer months, he can be found rock grappling at the local sport crags, scrubbing lichen-covered alpine granite, and (on rare occasion) roaring his man-grunt to the heavens as he flails his way up Dockin's 5.9+s
Favorite Climbs: Deadly Nightshade and Monsters of the Deep are both five star classics at Natural Bridge -- Montana's holy grail of hard sport climbing
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, Routesetter, Instructor - Employee since 2015
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 2016
Payson grew up in Wisconsin, taking advantage of every possible opportunity to get outside on trails, water, rock, or snow. Similar to many others, Payson ran off to Montana for college at MSU, and is still working on a geography degree. His main interests include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and surfing. (Yes, there is surfing in both Montana and Wisconsin.)
Favorite Climbs: Soft in the middle, Bowling for Buicks, and Prince of Darkness
Customer Specialist, Instructor - Employee since 2017