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We are so excited to have Kim back with us at the BRG!
Kim is an AMGA certified lead instructor. She started climbing in 1999 when she took an intro class at Boston Rock Gym. Since then she has traveled across the country climbing in some of the country's best locations.Kim loves the lessons that climbing instills upon you; patience and succeeding through adversity.
When she isn't climbing Kim enjoys hiking, white water kayaking, spear fishing, and mountain biking.
Favorite Climbs: Beta-vul Pipe line in Red River Gorge Kentucky, Steve's Arete in Mt Lemmon Arizona, and Scatterbrain Boulder in Joshua Tree California.
Chris O'Connell started climbing with a copy of Royal Robbins’s “Basic Rock Craft.” Climbing remained a strong interest until blossoming into a full blown passion in the late 80s. Since then he's climbed rock and ice throughout North America. He is looking forward to many more trips and to sharing the climbing experience with his children.
Favorite Climbs: This House of Sky - Ghost River, Alberta, Canada. Liberty Ridge - Mt Rainier, Washington. Intimidation - Cathedral Ledge, NH. The Black Dike – Cannon Cliff, NH. Pretty much any route he happens to be on at the moment - except for the scary ones.
Jenny’s first introduction to climbing came when she lived with a former manager of the BRG over four years ago. While she was intrigued by climbing, she didn’t become truly hooked until she moved back to Massachusetts from San Francisco and was offered a job at the BRG. Now, Jenny can't imagine where she’d be without climbing in her life. Jenny has been climbing seriously for 2 years and is AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certified in both top rope and lead. Within the next year Jenny hopes to get her Single Pitch Instructor certification as well. When she’s not at the BRG or climbing, Jenny takes to the outdoors for backpacking, riding her bike, and driving around the country.
Favorite Climbs: “I'd have to say my favorite climb outside so far has been 'Easily Aroused' (5.9+) on the Parking Lot Wall at Rumney. It was a huge turning point in my sport climbing - being able to hold onto tiny crimps and apply a lot of technique. I don't think I'll ever forget this one!”
Keith discovered climbing while venturing out west in Colorado. It was in Rifle Canyon where he fell in love with sport climbing. After a few seasons of skiing and climbing, he moved to California where he was working at a gym and climbing in Yosemite Valley full time. His home is Massachusetts and he decided to move back and see what what the East Coast has to offer!
Favorite Climbs: Jail House, California
Sets under the name: Yoda
Climbing has been somewhat of a family affair for Sarah O’Donoghue. Her interest in the sport was sparked through her son and now Sarah has 9 years of climbing experience under her belt and has climbed in locations such as the French and Italian Alps, El Potrero Chico, Mexico, and Colorado. Sarah is AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certified in lead and has been at the BRG for 6 ½ years. Prior to working at the BRG, Sarah had 20 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting and 10 years experience at health and fitness clubs.
Favorite Climbs: Ramsey’s Shenanigans/Evil Shenanigans, El Potrero Chico
Alex's climbing was kickstarted through a merit badge program at a Boy Scout camp. Now with 3 years of experience under his belt, Alex's full-time hobby is climbing! Alex enjoys trad and ice climbing and aspires to someday tackle climbing the mountains in Alaska and the French Alps. He is Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certified and is hoping to get his AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor certification this year. Alex is currently a student at Umass Lowell and is also an occasional belayer for the Kid's' Climb program offered at the BRG.
Favorite Climbs: "My favorite climbs have been 'Black Lung' and the classic route 'Thin Air' both on Cathedral Ledge in North Conway."
It only took Michelle Lee one introductory climbing course with her Mom a couple of years ago to love the sport. Luckily, Michelle was able to transfer her passion into a career, and she’s been at the BRG since April of 2012. Like many of the staff at BRG, Michelle loves being outdoors and goes hiking and running whenever she can. Michelle holds an AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification and is always ready to tackle the next new climb or adventure in front of her.
Mimi started climbing over 7 years ago when a bad heartbreak led a determined friend to sign the two girls up for the Introduction to Indoor Climbing class at the BRG and, as Mimi states, the rest is history. An admitted social climber, she enjoys the socializing aspect of the sport, especially encouraging others with their own climbs. Mimi loves engaging in conversations with customers and co-workers because that's what she says the climbing community is all about - building strong relationships. When not at the gym Mimi enjoys yoga and spending time with her friends.
Favorite Climbs: Climbs that are personally challenging (bonus smile for herself if she flashes a route).
Aleksey started climbing as a teenager in the Caucasian Mountains near his hometown of Krasnodar, Russia. Since then, he has had 30 years of climbing and mountaineering experience in the Alps, Caucasus, Crimea, Yosemite, Rocky Mountains, Canada, Mexico, New England, and Alaska. Aleksey has put up a dozen first ascents in Alaska, Yosemite, British Columbia, New England, and the Caucasus, some of them featured in the American Alpine Journal and Rock and Ice. A teacher by education, he has worked with children of all ages; for the past 11 years, he has developed safety-conscious, well-rounded climbing and other outdoor programs for youngsters and the young at heart. His students compete at the regional, divisional, national, and world levels. A number of his students became U.S. National Champions and U.S. National Team members. Aleksey is a graduate of the Appalachian Mountain Club Leadership School and is also Wilderness First Responder, CPR and First Aid Certified. He graduated from Krasnodar Mechanic Technology College with a bachelor's degree in engineering and from Kiev University with a bachelor's degree in history.
Joe is quite the seasoned climber and has been scaling walls and mountains as a professional climbing guide since 1976. When a friend first took him climbing in 1969 though, Joe said he was more afraid of heights than any client he's ever taught. Joe obviously got over his fears, becoming deeply invested in the sport and going on to experience climbing on four different continents. Before joining the BRG, Joe was the director and guide of Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School from 1976 to 2006. Joe is Avalanche 2 Certified, served two terms on the AMGA Board of Directors, and acts as the Emergency Medical Technician Vice President and Team Leader of the New Hampshire Mountain Rescue Service.
Jim has always been an outdoorsman, but after joining the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1991 and taking the Boston Chapter’s Spring Climbing Program he expanded his hobbies and became an avid climber. When Jim isn’t climbing mountains and scaling rock climbing walls he enjoys hiking and backpacking anywhere from local trails and hikes in the White Mountains, to multi-day trips to Yellowstone National Park. Jim currently is AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certified and Wilderness First Aid Certified.
Favorite Climbs: Baxter’s Pinnacle, Grand Teton National Park. “The setting is amazing with the higher Teton peaks around you and the amazing view of Jenny Lake Below.”
Climbing has been a social outlet for Nicole since 2008. When asked what she loves most about climbing, Nicole says “It’s the combo of adventurous meets geeky, and it’s all within this social, outdoorsy environment.” Interested in adventure and exhilaration, Nicole enjoys backpacking in the White Mountains with her husband Matt. She also enjoys traveling and exploring places with dirt roads, and the art of “simple living.” Working at the BRG since 2009, Nicole has had the opportunity to share her talents and experience with others. When she is not scaling the walls at the BRG, she is working with teens leading an Adventure Camp at the local Y.
Favorite Climbs: Jolt at Rumney
Rob was introduced to climbing as a Boy Scout and rediscovered it while taking time off from school. He has been climbing for 10 years and has a bachelor's degree in outdoor education with a concentration in adventure education and wilderness leadership from Johnson State College in Vermont. Rob is also AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Certified. He loves to climb in Gloucester, MA; Pawtuckaway State Park, NH; and Smugglers Notch, VT. When not climbing Rob enjoys hiking and backpacking all year round as well as brewing beer.
Favorite Climbs: Frosted Mug (5.9), Beers Wall - Adirondacks, NY. The Whip (V2) - Pawtuckaway State Park, NH. Primate 2001 (V3) - Smugglers Notch, VT.
Luc had always been interested in climbing, but the opportunity to try the sport out presented itself when he brought a troop of Boy Scouts to the BRG for a climbing merit badge. After meeting fellow BRGers Rob Dunn and Joey Harris, he was motivated to keep up with his hobby. Climbing for 3 years now, Luc has been at the BRG for 1 year and is AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor and Wilderness First Aid Certified. So far, Luc said he’s loved climbing Cape Ann and Rumney. When he’s not climbing, Luc practices yoga, goes mountaineering, and plays lacrosse.
Dave Watts is a high school history teacher, a father of three, and an experienced and certified rock climbing guide. Dave started climbing in 1990 and hasn’t looked back since. He’s been at the BRG for about 6 years and has led hundreds of children on a variety of climbing adventures. His record of safety, creativity, and camper satisfaction makes him a great fit for your child’s summer climbing adventure. David is an AMGA Certified Top Rope Site Manager and stresses solid fundamentals and safety in climbing. While Dave doesn’t have a favorite climb, he’s drawn to Acadia National Park because of its picturesque beauty.
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm LEARN TO LEAD CLIMB CLASS
9:00 am - 3:00 pmIntro to Multi Pitch: Intermediate to Advanced Rock Climbing
9:00 am - 3:00 pmGet Out! - an introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm NuSchool - Sequencing