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

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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

Thijs Teepe

Thijs Teepe

Hometown: Leiden, The Netherlands
Hobbies: Trad climbing, skiing, travel
Music: Anything worth dancing to. Give it to me live!
Vacation: Yes please, get me outta here!
Movie: Baraka
Quote: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Climbing since: 2010

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Annie Tedesco

Hobby: Metalsmithing and traveling!!!!
Vacation: Vegas is my new FAVORITE, but love Joe’s Valley, the triple crown areas and I really want to travel around Europe!
Movie: Ice Age – My Cousin Vinny – A Knight’s Tale – Finding Nemo – Kung Fu Panda – The Avengers – October Sky – Erin Brockovich – Dirty Dancing
Book: Harry Potter Series, Crocodile Soup, and other murder mysteries
Climbing since: 2006

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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

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David Tran

Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Hobby: Pebble wrestling, Hockey, geeking out
Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers is my favorite band
Vacation: I’d rather spend my vacations climbing; I’ve been to Hueco Tanks and Joe’s Valley. Next stop, Bishop.
Movie: The Departed, The Prestige
Book: The Giving Tree, Harry Potter
Climbing since: Fall 2011