**Below is the information for athletes that joined us in our past 2018 festival. More information for 2019 coming soon!



Kitty first roped up in NC at 18.  She started ice climbing a year later, which led to winter ascents in the Rockies where her passion for ice climbing began.  While guiding for the American Alpine Institute, she climbed dozens of peaks in Peru, Bolivia, Alaska, Argentina and Nepal.  In recognition of her accomplishments, she received the American Alpine Club’s prestigious Underhill Award.  She has taught for Chicks Climbing and Skiing for 19 years, and is now a part owner. She is an ambassador for Patagonia and is passionate about climate change (see her Tedx talk, Last Ascents).


I spent most of my life close to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and more recently the Wasatch and Uintah Ranges in Utah. Climbing came to me as something to do after I got laid off from my first job out of college in 2008, but is now a crucial part of my life. It’s a constant quest to find balance for me as I navigate early wake-ups and night sessions to squeeze as much climbing as I can into my 40-hour work week. When I am home, I am inspired by the climbing in my backyard; Utah has so much climbing history and so many amazing benchmark lines in all disciplines.


Kyra is a professional climber from Minneapolis, Minnesota who’s been climbing for over 10 years. She competes nationally and internationally in climbing competitions and has traveled to Europe and Africa for outdoor bouldering trips. She recently finished a degree in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet focus from the University of Minnesota and plans on spending the next few years focusing on climbing and training before applying to vet school. She is primarily a boulderer but loves all of the disciplines within rock climbing. Her favorite types of climbs are steep and powerful with incut holds and she’s known for her love of training with a campus board!


Jenn is a New England native who solidified a love of climbing over a decade spent in Colorado and across the American West. She strives to be an all-arounder, with her start in a Boston gym nearly 13 years ago. She enjoys projecting hard sport climbs, pushing her psychological limits over small gear, hard off-widths, long routes in remote mountainous locations, and floundering on boulders. She has climbed and put up first ascents around the world in locations like Tajikistan, Iran, Bolivia, China, and South Africa. In her other life, Jenn is a humanitarian aid technical advisor, specializing in child protection and education in conflict and crisis contexts. Work and climbing have taken her to over 80 countries around the world, but she is currently back enjoying the beautiful rock of New Hampshire and Massachusetts while she finishes her PhD.


Raised in North Carolina, Jessa started climbing in the gym at the age of 9. Soon after, she was competing on a national and international level, climbing outside on weekends and breaks from school. By the end of high school, competition became less of a priority as climbing outside became more of a priority. Her focus would be turned to boulder problems and traditional lines in the Southeast. Currently all Jessa’s efforts are toward taking 20+ years of skill and experience into the mountains. At the moment she resides in Fayetteville, West Virginia, within walking distance of the New River Gorge and works as a sales rep and athlete in the outdoor industry.


Emily Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. Her early years were defined by her successes on the USA Climbing Team on the national and world competition circuit, including 5 US National Sport Climbing Championships and 2 North American Championships. Emily’s true passion lies with outdoor climbing and exploring the mountains. Since shifting her focus from competition, Emily has completed numerous first female ascents of 5.14 sport routes, free climbed Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan, summited Everest, summited and skied Cho Oyu (6th tallest peak in the world), and has been on expeditions all over the world attempting big wall free climbs and high altitude peaks in Nepal, China, Myanmar, Crimea, and Morocco.


An elite level climber who has spent over half of her life defying gravity, Olivia Hsu found yoga to be the perfect compliment to climbing, cultivating focus and flexibility on both the mental and physical levels. She has studied Ashtanga for nearly two decades and has been studying continuously with Richard Freeman and Tim Miller for over a decade. Being an elite level athlete she has been able to find the delicate balance between practice and training and understands the myriad ways in which yoga complements doing what you love. Olivia has appeared on the cover of magazines such as Yoga Journal and Rock and Ice, and written about yoga for climbers in publications such as Yoga Journal, Climbing, Back Packer Magazine, and featured in Mantra Magazine and Elephant Journal, among others. She has climbed and practiced yoga with some of the best in the world including Chris Sharma and Jimmy Chin and is passionate about bringing yoga to the next generation of climbers.Olivia’s classes are rooted in cultivating mindfulness that flows from a focused and continuous asana practice be it in the yoga shala or climbing on the crag. Her unique understanding of the nuances within both disciplines enables her to build flexibility, stamina, strength, and awareness in her students while reaching new experiential summits and full body freedom. Olivia travels extensively throughout the year leading classes, retreats, and intensives in dozens of countries all over the world, bringing her unique combination of experience and perspective to both dedicated yoga practitioners and professional climbers alike


Jules started climbing at the age of 7 and began competing in the youth scene shortly after that. In her adult life, her passion for real rock and adventure brought her to Salt Lake City where she has been coaching a competitive team of youths and climbing outside as much as possible.

 Katie is a professional rock climber based out of the Eastern Sierra with a wide array of climbing experience from bouldering and sport climbing to big wall and alpine rock routes as well as first ascents and notable repeats. Her love of climbing has taken her  throughout the US, Canada, Central and South America as well as Europe.  Originally from Louisiana she found climbing at the age of 15 and for the last 22 years has dedicated herself around making rock climbing and a life spent outdoors a priority. She is an ongoing contributor for Climbing Magazine with her column titled “Out on a Ledge.” Aside from her personal climbing she advocates and encourages others to pursue the sport through private guiding and lessons in the Eastern Sierra. Lambert also helps run a Yosemite based non-profit called Sacred Rok (,  an organization dedicated to getting youth, primarily from California’s Central Valley, into nature to experience it for themselves.


Molly has been climbing for 8 years and mostly focuses in the areas of sport climbing and single – pitch trad. Along with achieving ascents up to 5.14 sport and 5.13 trad, she has also contributed her own trad First Ascents. Though she would not claim herself to be mainly a boulderer, she is drawn to be well-rounded and loves the power and patience in bouldering. With many years of projecting under her belt, she specializes in focusing on the mental approach to projecting and applies that to all facets of climbing. She currently coaches the young guns at The Refuge in Las Vegas, NV, and continues to train and push her own boundaries further.


Taylor is a professional climbing coach and instructor based out of Brooklyn, NY by way of Boulder, CO, by way of Richmond, VA.  She has been climbing for 14 years, traveling around the country and the world in pursuit of rocks and novelty postage stamps.  Since age 13, Taylor has been sharing her love and knowledge of outdoor climbing with people of all ages and abilities, working as a camp counselor, outdoor climbing guide, clinic instructor, and competitive climbing coach.  Currently, she is the Head Coach of The Cliffs climbing gyms in and around New York City, where she trains the monster crushers of The Cliffs Vikings youth competition team.  In addition to coaching, Taylor is continually pursuing her love of both competition and outdoor climbing, competing when it is cold out and going on as many trips as possible when weather permits (and sometimes when it doesn’t).  In addition to climbing, Taylor is very enthusiastic about neuroscience, the scientific method, and research, and she plans to pursue graduate school in the near future.


Miranda Oakley has been climbing for almost 18 years and has been loosely based in Yosemite since 2006. She loves every type of rock climbing but specializes in traditional free climbing and big wall (grade VI) speed climbing. She has climbed El Capitan over 20 times in every style imaginable. Miranda is a Certified Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. She teaches classes of all levels and guides in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. In addition to climbing Miranda enjoys writing, painting and running through the woods.


Kate Rutherford loves to climb. The integration of body, landscape and community help inspire her to seek new lines and friends all over the world. Bishop, California is now home, its perfect for exploring cracks and summits in the mountains, doing art and learning to boulder.


Laura is a climbing instructor and trainer in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She loves working with climbers of all abilities to discover skills that allow them to dive deeper into their climbing journey.  As a certified trainer for The Warrior’s Way, Laura helps empower climbers with new processes for falling, thinking, and moving on a climb.  She has found that, as we start to allow ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone on the wall, climbing becomes the perfect arena for self-exploration.  Laura believes that a love-based approach to climbing creates space for playing with new challenges and taking a step into the unknown. Laura is in the final stages of pursuing her Rock Guide certification through the AMGA.  She is also a Wilderness First Responder and Rope Rescue Technician.  When she is not guiding or teaching in the gym, Laura can be found training for personal climbing goals and traveling the southwest in search of her next adventure. She also enjoys jamming on her fiddle, long trail runs, and practicing yoga.

Abbey Smith

Abbey Smith is a freelance writer, producer and professional rock climber born and raised in Colorado. For over a decade, Abbey has pieced together an unconventional climber-writer-traveler lifestyle and career path. She has carved our her own niche of mountain athlete, taking her passion for adventure, writing and exploratory bouldering all over the world from the extreme altitudes of the Indian Himalayas and the Peruvian Andes to remote islands in Thailand. Her international exploits have been featured in several films, online web series, commercials, and in the pages of ESPNMen’s JournalOutsideBackpackerClimbingAlpinist, and other international print and online publications. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Sponsors: Marmot, La Sportiva, Onsight Gear


Madaleine is a professional rock climber and certified AMGA Rock guide inspired to continually engage her next big wall and coach climbers to meet theirs.  A passion for difficult big wall free climbing goals has taken her to through the American west, from Colorado to California to Alaska, and internationally to remote areas in Kyrgyzstan, Patagonia, Jordan and Canada.  She has made several first or early free ascents up to 5.13+ on Grade VI (multi-day) rock walls, often in female teams. Looking back at any achievement or failure, Madaleine sees her ability to stay committed to a climb as linked to attending to her emotional and physical body and selecting an appropriate response to each arising challenge.  She sees many of her past achievements as fueled by a restless drive for transformative experiences with the natural world and desire to push her perceived limitations.  Now 20 years into her climbing courtship, the heart of her climbing revolves around a deepening purpose in wild nature and the partnerships, dreams, struggles and humor that create a meaningful pursuit.



Dr. Carrie Cooper is a Climbing Medicine Specialist and Doctor of Physical Therapy dedicated to moving others through injury and into performance while educating them to stay injury free. As a life long athlete, she started her musculoskeletal education on the tables of eastern health practitioners while competing internationally for the Hong Kong International Gymnastics team. She was later taught by modern masters in movement techniques such as Graham, Cunningham, Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Dance Kinesiology, Capoeira, Meditation, and African Dance while studying Modern Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2001 she was fortunate enough to teach dance and Pilates while traveling throughout the United States for Rock Climbing. She has been a rock climbing ambassador for 12 years and in 2014 received her Doctorate from the University of Utah School of Physical Therapy. She has two children and lives in Salt Lake City, UT and continues to climb, teach, and play with her family in the outdoors.


Owner of Bishop Yoga and Pilates Center, Mary is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Junior Intermediate Level 3.  She is also a Certified International Yoga Therapist, Certified Stott Pilates teacher, and a Certified Massage Therapist. She has a B.A. in Pyschology and a M.S. in Biology. Mary started practicing yoga as a child with her mother in the 1970’s. She enjoys teaching everyone yoga, so that we may become firm in our body, steady in our mind, and have a delighted spirit. Besides practicing yoga, Mary enjoys rock climbing and skiing in the Eastern Sierra with her husband Tai DeVore and her cat Ginger.


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Sanni McCandless is a transition coach for outdoor-focused individuals who want to create more tailored, intentional lifestyles and find agency in their own lives. In her work, she helps people overcome the doubts and concerns that constantly get in the way of living fearlessly and feeling fulfilled. Sanni challenges clients to stop making fear-based decisions, communicate more honestly about their desires, and achieve goals that have been on the back burner for too long.