Our team knows climbing.
Our team has over 20 years of experience growing, shaping and inspiring the climbing industry. From owning and operating climbing gyms across Canada, to helping organize dozens of climbing competitions from Nationals to World Cups.
Hometown: Island raised, grass fed
Name your kryptonite: Peanut butter and chocolate
Favourite things?: Family, good vibes and seeing people getting stoked!
How long have you been climbing?: 27 years – wish time made me a better climber!
What do you do when you’re not climbing?: Riding, kayaking or any other self propelled motion
Inspiration: All those who explore and push beyond the impossible and keep going
Favorite food: Food!
Worst climbing memory: Having to wash dishes in hot water after first thrashing in Jtree- ouch!
Best climbing memory: First day in Jtree 🙂
Facilities Manager and Head Setter
26 years breathing
22 years Snowboarding
7 years meditating
6 years route setting
5 years being very fond of chocolate milk.
3 years on Vancouver Island
2 years with Boulder House
1 cumulative year spent drinking coffee
Whats next? Adventure – Outdoor climbing trips – Entrepreneurship – A life time of caring for the environment.—
Resident Coordinator of many things including Social Media, Events and Good Times
Hometown: Calgary, Ab
Recent Accomplishments?: Got FATSO Peanut Butter to sponsor a BoulderHouse comp!!!!
Favourite place to climb: Squamish ❤️
When you’re not climbing?: Mostly just climbing
Favourite Climber: Akiyo Noguchi
Favourite Food: Nothing better than a spicy tuna roll from Fujiya
Favourite Animal?: My dog Luna
What inspires you?: Keenan Takihashi yelling “F*&king COME on” when he sends a proj.
Goals? Drink less coffee, climb more rocks 🙂
JEAN-MARC DE LA PLANTE
Still don’t know who this guy is, he’s just around all the time.
Hometown: Montreal, QC
First job in climbing?: Been in the industry for more than half my life. Started belaying kids in the 90’s
Climbing Accomplishments?: Now a partner in 5 gyms across the country (Allez Up, Seven Bays, BoulderHouse, Up the Bloc, Joe RockHeads)
If you can’t have coffee?: Entrepreneurship fuels me
Best part of climbing?: I love climbing because of the community. I am so much stronger with friends around
Hobbies: Climbing hold nerd
What inspires you?: Transforming old dank spaces into climbing gyms
When you’re not climbing?: Spending time with my wife & daughter
Favourite climbing term: Started at the bottom now I’m here
Our collaborators are hand picked based on their experience in their own fields as well as supporting, healing and inspiring the climbing community.
Milen is an avid surfer and rock climber living in Victoria, BC. His photography is a culmination of a life spent growing and learning through outdoor experiences. As a professional creative, he strives to create images that bring people into an experience that are both inclusive and visually inspiring. When not outdoors, you can find him in the climbing gym or sipping tea and stuffing himself with baked goods.
Christy Mader, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
As a climber and a registered massage therapist, Christy understands how appropriate treatment enables us to continue with our passions! As an elite Ultimate Frisbee player and a climber for over 20 years, she understands the importance of proper training, adequate rest, and rehab protocols for returning from injury. Christy teaches our stabilization courses to provide education for core recruitment and strengthening through climbing specific movements. She is also coaching athletes to push beyond plateaus by exposing areas of weakness and improving technique!
Our amabssadors share our passion of climbing and are tightly knit into the community. They go above and beyond when sharing their experience and talents not just in climbing but in everything they do.
Open Canadian Team Member
Growing up in Canmore Alberta, a healthy lifestyle and mountain sports have shaped my life since the time I was able to walk. Skiing, biking, hiking and outdoor climbing are sports that I’ve grown up with and will always love to participate in, but it’s climbing that ignited my passion for competitive sport. Ten years ago, I began climbing at a summer camp and became instantly hooked by the strength, agility, endurance and mental focus it requires to succeed. I began my competition climbing career at the age of 13 and am currently a member of the Open Canadian Team, where I compete in all 3 disciplines (Bouldering, Lead and Speed) on the international competition circuit. When I am not training or competing I also love to push myself on hard outdoor climbs and I am also a full-time student at the University of Victoria where I am studying a combined degree in Biology and Psychology.
Climber at Large
Tosh started climbing as soon as his parents dragged him up his first cliff in Nelson, BC.
Born to a climbing family, he found his passion for the sport at the age of 10, and competed on the Canadian youth climbing circuit. These comps took Tosh all over the world as he trained and pursued international success while finishing up high school.
Tosh feels most at home in the gym or at the crag, sharing laughs and sends with friends. Now attending the University of Victoria for writing, Tosh continues to train to achieve his goals of competing on the world stage, and climbing the world’s hardest routes.