Coach Bios

Alex Stiger

Alex Stiger

Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Hobbies: Chess, Breakdancing
Music: Almost everything
Vacation: Anywhere I travel to for climbing, chess, or dancing. My favorite climbing destinations so far are The Red River Gorge, KY and Bishop, CA.
Movie: Spirited Away
Book: Chess Books
Quote: “To give the maximum effort at the precise moment it is needed. This is power.” – Fred Nicole
Climbing since: I first went climbing when I was 15 years old while on a chess cruise to Alaska, one of the “not chess day” options was the climbing wall.

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Josh Paton

Hometown: Lake City, MN
Hobby: Climbing, boating, fishing
Music: Bluegrass, rock, things that make you move!
Vacation: Nepal, anywhere, overseas
Quote: If it isn’t hard, it probably isn’t worth doing.
Movie: RAD
Book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Climbing since: 1994

Josh Troob

Josh Troob

Hometown: Rhode Island
Hobbies: Looking for boulders
Music: Old school rap, punk
Vacation: Squamish BC
Movie: Mind Gym
Quote: “You can fail at something you don’t want, so may as well take the chance on doing what you love” and “You need to want to succeed as bad as you want to breath”
Climbing since: I was 5 years old

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: 20056

Jesse Bergquist

Jesse Bergquist

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, Biking, Beach Volleyball
Music: Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, Pink Floyd to name a few. I like almost anything besides Country.
Vacation: I love to travel, whether its to climb or just to see the sights and experience new cultures. My dream vacation would probably last a year and involve a lot of different places, people and rock.
Movie: Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Lost in Translation, Apocalypse Now and Kill Bill are my top 5.
Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Quote: “Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Climbing since: 2007

Emma Meistrich

Nicole “Emma” Meistrich

Hometown: Bayshore, New York
Hobby: climbing, running, knitting, baking pies, and playing piano.
Music: I love all music, but my favorite band is The Head and The Heart.
Vacation: My dream vacations are to hike the Na Pali coast on Kauai and to climb in the Karakoram, specifically on Masherbrum.
Quote: “If you had fun, you won!” – my mantra for life from my 4th grade gym teacher
Movie: The American President and all the Die Hard movies
Book: Oh man, too many to name, but some favorites are ‘Slab’ by Selah Saterstrom, ‘Nine Stories’ by JD Salinger, ‘the life-changing magic of tidying up’ by Marie Kondo, ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami, and any novel by Michael Connelly.
Climbing since: I climbed a little when I was a kid, but more “seriously” starting in 2010.

Helen Sinclair

Helen Sinclair

Hometown: Auckland or Christchurch NZ
Hobbies: Baking and decorating cakes (see helensinclair.com/beta-cakes.html)
Music: Supports NZ music; Kora, Lord, Fat Freddys Drop
Vacation: Opito Bay in Coromandel NZ, family, sun, sand and surfing.
Movie: Valley Uprising
Book: Currently Alex and I are crazy about the Gimme Kraft book …..
Quote: “There’s no such thing as I can’t reach” or/and “Its not about having the ‘balls’ to do it, it’s about not having them!”
Climbing since: briefly in 1996-break-2004

Eli Ellis

Eli Ellis

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Hobby: Art, slacklining, skateboarding and snowboarding
Music: Everything from Pretty Lights to The Grateful Dead. I love it all!
Vacation: Snowboarding in Japan
Quote: “Just know it’s possible.” Kevin Pierce
Movie: Art of Flight
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Climbing since: 8th grade, so around 2010