Rich StrangTeam Coach, Route Setter, Instructor
Rich has been climbing about as long as rocks have existed. Starting his climbing career in New York he eventually moved to the West for the vast amounts of rock and more days of sunshine.
Joseph GordonTechnical Director, Lead Instructor, Setter
Joey started climbing in his home town of Santa Rosa, CA at Vertex Climbing. He moved to Santa Fe, NM to study Music Technology and Production. You can find him at the gym most days either route setting, teaching or being a tech wizard behind the scenes.
Andre Wiltenburg grew up in the Netherlands. He moved to the United States more than 20 years ago, in search of adventure and new opportunities. He discovered rock climbing while he was living in Florida, and was immediately hooked.
Mike PhalanSetter, Instructor, Lifts more than you
Mike moved to Santa Fe from the Big Island of Hawaii back in 2007 and fell in love with climbing right away. He traded in his career in counseling for this newfound passion and directed it into coaching and guiding with the Santa Fe Climbing Center.
Brian MierSetter, Crusher
Brian has been climbing for seven years. Other than climbing tough boulders with his friends, Brian likes to play the guitar, hang out with his dog, and sleep.
Jarod WiltenburgFront Desk
Jarod has spent his whole life surrounded by climbing which has since then became his passion. When he isn’t climbing or working at the gym, he likes to spend time doing his other hobbies such as playing video games, listening to music and skateboarding.
Bowen GandyFront Desk, Youth Instructor
Bowen is a born and raised Santa Fe local. He has been climbing for two years. At the gym you can find him behind the desk and instructing the after school programs. When Bowen is not working, he enjoys climbing outside with his friends, skiing and camping.
Savanna CopplerFront Desk, Youth Instructor
Savanna has been a member of the climbing gym since 2010. She instructs for the youth programs. her interests include: climbing, skiing, and sobbing to Phoebe Bridgers in her car when she thinks no one is looking.
Raul DaoodFront Desk
Raul was born and raised in Santa Fe. His friend introduced him to climbing and he quickly got into it. The physical and mental challenge of climbing really worked for him. He’s studying film at SFCC and loves to hike with his blue heeler Zoolie!
Sara ValverdeYoga Instructor
Sara has been a yogi for over 17 years, guiding you to move in the most effortless and expanded way possible. Practice yoga (and later climbing!) in a way that leaves you feeling strong, grounded and energized. When Sara’s not doing yoga you can find her coaching clients on how to live a clutter-free, joy-full life.
Lex GowansYoga Instructor
Lex’s ultimate goal as a yoga instructor is to help guide students from all paths of life back home to their body. When she’s not climbing rocks, upside down, or hiking, you can find her snapping photos or geeking out over plants & crystals with her partner. She can’t wait to flow & climb with you!
Dane BassFront Desk
Dane has climbed all over the world for nearly 30 years and has participated in every discipline of climbing (except for ice-climbing-BRR!). He’s built an extensive climbing resume including hundreds of FA’s and establishing hundreds of pitches of climbing. When Dane isn’t climbing, he enjoys traveling, photography and outdoor activities with his wife and dog.
Gaby DefrancescoFront Desk, Instructor
Gaby grew up between New York and New Mexico and started climbing when she moved back to Santa Fe in 2017. Since then, she’s climbed around the southwest and worked in different parts of the outdoor industry. In her free time, Gaby likes to raft the Rio Grande, camp, and hike.
Jahbran HolmesFront Desk
Jahbran started climbing in 2021 and instantly got hooked. He loves nothing more than accepting the challenge of pushing himself physically and mentally. When he’s not working he likes to go bouldering outside, enjoying cloudy weather or staying in and working on editing videos.
Bennett EdwardsFront Desk, Youth Instructor
Bennett is a certified instructor for the Santa Fe climbing center. From Oregon originally, he moved to Santa Fe for the culture and beautiful weather in 2021. He is glad to call Santa Fe his home and happy to be back at the climbing gym.
Alex FleischmanFront Desk
Alex is originally from Chicago. They have been climbing on and off since 2013. When not working front desk, they like to climb outside and take other people outside either climbing or white water rafting. You can also find them getting groups together to go to concerts as well.