Staff Bios

Dan Howley

Dan Howley

Hometown: Port Jefferson Station, NY
Hobby: Super-Dad & Mega-Husband
Music: Tool, Dance, Hip Hop, most
Vacation: Surfing & Climbing (oh and LOTS of kid-fun!)
Quote: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~Michelangelo
Movie: Aliens, One Summer
Book: Sometimes a Great Notion, True Love, Tao of Pooh
Climbing since: …the first chance I got!

Andrew Zaslove

Andrew Zaslove

Hometown: Napa, CA
Hobby: Climbing, Camping, Slacking, and Fishing
Vacation: Wherever Outdoors!
Quote: “The clearest way into the Universe is though a forest wilderness” – John Muir
Book: Mark Twain and Sherlock Holmes
Climbing since: 2004

Ryan Kempf

Ryan Kempf

Hometown: Redlands, CA
Hobbies: Climbing, cooking, fly fishing, glass blowing, many more random things.
Music: I love all types music, but I grew up on hip-hop.
Vacation: I’ve traveled a lot in the states, I would like to see Squamish, Patagonia, Cirque of the Unclimbables, other far off places.
Movie: Top Gun
Book: Desert Solitaire
Quote: “Find the things that you love and that love you, and run to them”
Climbing since: 2009

scott rennak

Scott Rennak

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobby: Bouldering, BC skiing, chess, Scrabble, ukulele
Music: Folk, Bluegrass, Reggae, Island
Vacation: Font or an Alaskan hut trip
Quote: Fast, cheap, good… pick two, can’t have all three.
Movie: 300
Book: Jack London short stories
Climbing since: 1994

sarah-johnson

Sarah Johnson

Hometown: Longmont, CO
Hobbies: Climbing, drawing, reading, and hanging out with friends, family, and my Koda kitty.
Vacation: Surrounded by mountains and sunshine! I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and Hueco Tanks.
Quote: “Hakuna Matata”
Movie: The Lion King, Labyrinth, Pretty Woman, Zoolander, and anything John Wayne
Music: electronic, country, hip-hop, reggae, some rap
Book: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones series), The Tipping Point, The Hunger Games
Climbing since: 2005

Amy Ostrowski

Amy Ostrowski

Hometown: Woodland Park, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, Climbing, Drawing, Digital Painting
Music: Of Monsters and Men, Alt-J, Bonobo, Tycho… anything I can get lost in!
Vacation: Australia or New Zealand
Movie: The Back to the Future trilogy
Book: His Dark Materials Trilogy, the Harry Potter Series
Quote: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Climbing since: 2013

Sarah Filler

Sarah Filler

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Hobbies: Climbing, Ultimate Frisbee
Music: Pretty much everything but country
Vacation: Anywhere I can climb
Movie: Donnie Darko
Book: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Quote: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” -Spock
Climbing since: March 2006

Michelle Watson

Michelle Watson

Hometown: Arvada CO
Hobbies: Painting, Reading, and far too much time on Pinterest
Music: Wu Tang, Odesza, Gogol Bordello, Lily Fangz
Vacation: NYC, hopefully Japan one day
Movie: Princess Mononoke, SLC Punk, Amelie
Book: Harry Potter
Quote: “Those eggs were a lie! They gave me no eagle powers! They gave me no nutrients!” – Nacho Libre
Climbing Since: 2011

Troy Singh-Derewa

Troy Singh-Derewa

Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
Hobbies: I love spending time with my dog, Attila. When I’m not climbing I enjoy snowboarding, longboarding, slacklining, and Esports.
Music: I like most types of music, except country! From Rhymesayers hip hop to partying at Bassnectar or chilling to Bonobo- if there’s a good beat I’ll probably like it!
Vacation: My dream vacation is to go to Mallorca for some DWS! Followed by a quick island hop to Ibiza for house music on the beach.
Movie: Funny buddy-flicks like Shanghai Noon or Wedding Crashers are my favorite. Also anything nerdy- like lord of the rings or sci-fi space thrillers.
Book: The Elegant Universe, Siddhartha, Touch for Health
Quote: “When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.”
Climbing since: ’05 in the Gunks!

Tyler Kempney

Tyler Kempney

Hometown: Carthage, NY
Hobbies: I love climbing, all of the disciplines: Ice, Mixed, Trad, Sport, and Bouldering.  Other than climbing, I can be found longboarding, skiing, or playing lacrosse.
Music: Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hilltop Hoods, and T-Swift.  Anything.
Vacation: Exploring a new country or culture with my wife.
Movie: 180 South, Tommy Boy, Man on Fire, Miracle on Ice
Book: Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Rock Warrior’s Way, Hatchet, and… GUIDEBOOKS!
Quote: “All I need is psych and water”
Climbing since:  In 2012, I went on a college trip to the Red River Gorge and I’ve been psyched since then!