The Best Dome Climbers:
Tom is one of the best climbers in the world. He was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Australia where he works at a mining company. His first love is rock climbing but he has been known to climb other things too such as ice and snow sports, mountain biking, and even swimming!
He has climbed over 1,000 routes in the world and holds several world records including most free solo ascents (7), most vertical feet of ascent (4,845 ft) and most total climbs completed (99). He is also a very accomplished mountaineer having summited Mt. Everest twice.
Mike is another Australian who started climbing when he was just seven years old. He grew up in the small town of Katoomba, Victoria and became interested in climbing when he was 10. He had already done some bouldering and ice climbing before he discovered rock climbing. Mike’s passion for rock climbing led him to become a professional climber by the age of 17.
Chris is from England and is now living in New York City where he teaches English as a second language at Columbia University. He has been climbing for 20 years and currently works as a full-time professional climber. He first made a name for himself in the climbing community by creating the world’s first free ascent of The Phoenix (5.14d) and more recently he put up the first ascent of what is widely-considered the hardest rock climb in the United States with his discovery of Leviathan (5.15a).
Angie is one of the best female climbers in the world. She started climbing when she was only six years old and steadily made a name for herself by winning a number of international climbing competitions. She grew up in Los Angeles but now lives in California and is currently sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment and The North Face.
Matt is a climbing instructor who lives in Minnesota. He first got into climbing in high school and continued to climb throughout his college years. He started at the University of Minnesota and transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he earned a degree in outdoor education. After graduation, Matt spent some time working in Alaska as a climbing instructor and guide before returning home to Minnesota.
Sam has lived all over the world and grew up in both the United States and Europe. He first started climbing in his backyard in Paris, France when he was eight. Soon after, he took to climbing mountains in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. He currently lives in a small town in Tennessee where he works as a math teacher for the local high school. When he isn’t climbing or teaching, Sam is an avid backpacker and hiker.
James lives in the small town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee with his wife Jenny. He is a full-time high school science teacher and also runs the local climbing gym. When he isn’t climbing, he really enjoys reading and playing the banjo.
Jenny is from the small town of Chapel Hill, Tennessee. While in high school, she was an outstanding track and field athlete and still holds several state records. After high school, she attended Stanford University where she graduated with honors with a degree in mathematics. She works as a psychiatric nurse in the nearby town of Oak Ridge.
Peter is originally from England but moved to the United States as a teenager. He first started climbing in high school where he and his friends would compete to see who could climb the fastest up the big rock walls of their school. During college, Peter took a year off to pursue his climbing and traveled around the world visiting places like Africa, China, and Russia. He now works as a high school math teacher in the small town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Greg was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C. He started climbing when he was eight years old after his dad brought him to an indoor climbing gym for his birthday. He continued to climb through middle school and high school where he and his friends would compete against each other at their local climbing wall after classes. He has lived in Tennessee for the past four years where he is a middle school science teacher.
Hans grew up in a small town in Georgia. He started climbing when he was eight years old at his local indoor climbing gym. Throughout middle and high school, he would compete in local sport climbing competitions and placed very well in all of them. He now teaches Chemistry at the high school in his hometown. When he isn’t teaching or climbing, Hans also coaches the high school sport climbing team.
Kyle grew up in a small town in Tennessee where he and his friends would go to the local climbing gym to pass the time after school. He later attended college at Appalachian State University in North Carolina where he became a very accomplished lead climber. After college, Kyle moved to Chattanooga where he works as a Physical Therapy Aide. When he isn’t climbing or working, Kyle can be found outdoors hiking or kayaking with his girlfriend.
Adam grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where he started climbing in a small indoor gym attached to a hotel when he was six years old. He soon started climbing outdoors when the family would take trips to places like Red Rock Canyon and City of Rocks. Adam later attended college at The University of Tennessee where he now teaches astronomy. When he isn’t teaching or climbing, Adam spends a lot of time volunteering for science related endeavors.
Matt grew up in the small town of Chapel Hill, Tennessee. While in middle school, he and his friends would go to an abandoned rock quarry to climb. He later started taking lessons at the local climbing gym and quickly became very interested in the sport of bouldering. While in high school, he and his friends would sneak into an old mining area called Lake Solitude for after school climbing sessions. He later attended the University of Tennessee where he studied Geology and joined the school climbing team.
He now works as a climbing guide taking people climbing around various parts of the southeast. In his free time, Matt can be found bouldering at various local spots or out on a rock climbing road trip.
Tom grew up in the small town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He first started climbing when he was ten years old at a small gym located in the back of a music shop. He later started climbing outside at various spots around middle Tennessee and quickly rose through the ranks of the local competition. He now works as a math teacher at a high school in the middle of Tennessee. When he isn’t climbing or teaching, Tom can be found trail running or brewing beer in his garage.
Alison grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia where she started climbing with her older brother at a small gym located in a strip mall when she was ten years old. She later started competing in local competitions and did very well. She later attended the University of West Georgia where she studied Geography. When she isn’t climbing or studying, Alison can be found trail running, mountain biking or cross-country skiing.
Matt grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia where he started climbing at his local high school. He later started working as a climbing instructor at a small gym to help pay for college. While attending college at the University of Tennessee, he joined the school’s climbing team. He later married his childhood sweetheart and now works as a middle school science teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In his free time, he can be found bouldering or mountain biking around the local areas.
Hazel grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where she started climbing at a small gym after seeing it on a family vacation when she was seven years old. Since then, she worked her way through the ranks at her local climbing gym and did very well in local competitions. She later attended the University of Tennessee where she studied engineering. When she isn’t climbing or studying, Hazel can be found running, biking or swimming.
Matt grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC where he started climbing at a small gym after his dad took him and his brother to try it out. He later worked his way up through the ranks at his local climbing gym and did very well in local competitions. He later attended the University of Tennessee where he studied art history. When he isn’t climbing or studying, Matt can be found trail running, mountain biking or fly fishing around the local area.
Zoe grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia where she started climbing at a small gym after her older brother took her and her twin sister to try it out. She later worked her way up through the ranks at her local climbing gym and did very well in local competitions. She later attended the University of Tennessee where she studied secondary education. When she isn’t climbing or studying, she can be found trail running or hiking with her dog, Sam.
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