Rich Strang

Team 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 Gordon

Technical Director, Lead Instructor, Setter

Joey started climbing in his home town of Santa Rosa, CA at Vertex Climbing Center. He moved to Santa Fe, NM to study Music Technology and Production at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Andre Wiltenburg


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 Phalan

Setter, 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 Mier

Setter, 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.

Sandip Rai

Front Desk, Training Instructor, Full of Rice

Sandip is a full time student at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology going for his M.S in Electrical Engineering. He is the president of the university’s climbing club and spends his free time time during school training with the collegiate climbing team.

Emma Thompson

Route Setter, Front Desk, Instructor

Emma began working at the Climbing Center at the start of this year as a setter and working front desk. She grew up in Santa Fe and started climbing 4.5 years ago in Spain and fell in love with the community aspect. Emma spent the next 2.5 years traveling around to different countries climbing, alpine Mountaineering, and building out a van to live in.

Mairi Luthin

Front Desk, Yoga Instructor

Mairi works the front desk, after school program, and teaches yoga at the climbing center. They have been a yoga practitioner for several years and got into climbing a few years ago through the Santa Fe Climbing Center. They thrive on the strength and meditative flow of state that is felt and found in both yoga and climbing.

Gavyn Pendleton

Front Desk, Instructor

Gavyn grew up in Santa Fe, NM. He has always enjoyed spending time skiing, hiking, and mountain biking in the mountains around town. He began rock climbing while attending college at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Upon returning to Santa Fe he was excited to discover all of the great rock climbing options in New Mexico. Gavyn enjoys Bouldering, Sport Climbing, Trad Climbing, and long multi pitch routes. If you have any questions about climbing areas around the state he would love the chance to chat with you.

Joe Dorn

Front Desk, Youth Instructor

Joe moved to Santa Fe to experience the beauty of the Southwest and the variety of outdoor activities. He is excited to join the Climbing Center’s community and explore New Mexico Rock. In his time away from climbing, Joe enjoys riding his bike and eating enchiladas.

Zo Northcutt

Team Instructor, Front Desk

Zo has been a pebble crusher for 11+ years. One of the only people to seek out Off Width boulders. Fueled by curry and hugs, they primarily love to boulder outside but can be found sport/aid/trad climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, dancing and anything else involving play!

Korie Fox

Yoga Instructor

Korie began her yoga and climbing journeys in 2013 after transitioning out of being a collegiate diver. She loves how climbing and yoga are a perfect balance to each other, physically and mentally. Her goal is to create a fun space where students can challenge themselves in new ways, explore movement and breath, and understand how yoga can help them in their climbing pursuits and everyday lives. Come say hi to Korie at her next yoga class or while she’s climbing at the gym!

Susan Klem

Front Desk, Youth Instructor

Susan recently moved to Santa Fe and was excited to find Santa Fe Climbing Center. Having climbed at other gyms she was happy to feel at home right away. Susan enjoys working with kids as a youth instructor for the after school program. She’s an outdoor enthusiast and loves taking her dogs on adventures. Susan is working on training one of her dogs as her service dog. She also enjoy music and is a classically trained violinist and self taught violist.

Josh Hauer

Route Setter, Front Desk

Josh has a hard time keeping his feet on the wall and drinks copious amounts of caffeine. When he’s not found climbing (which is rare), he enjoys reading and photography! Say hi to him the next time you see him flying around the boulder!

Bennett Holt

Front Desk, Youth Instructor

Austyn Stuedell

Front Desk

Austyn had worked at climbing gyms across the country: in Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and Bend, OR. She moved to Santa Fe for a Museum Studies program. In addition to climbing she enjoys traveling the country in her van, studying herbalism, and welding sculptures.

Chris Quintana

Front Desk

Chris is a Santa Fe native who has been all over but keeps returning to Santa Fe, and probably for good this time. Chris loves NM red, skiing, biking and being outside in the rain. He has taught skiing for all ages, and now works on SF ski patrol. “Best way to get better at something is to do it everyday. Or get a job there.” Chris is currently working to improve his climbing skills and knot knowledge. He thinks he is an occasional problem solver.

Z Jacobson

Front Desk, Adult Instructor

Z was drawn to rocks while scrambling during hiking. When she discover rock climbing, that was it, she was hooked! She can be found climbing at the gym or sport climbing at one of the many beautiful crags around NM and beyond. When she’s not climbing, she spends a lot of her time cycling, hiking with her pup Wally or trying to get him to stop growing.