Climbing Team

Matthew Thomas

Matt T. is new to the world of competition with his eyes on making an impact. He has been climbing for 2 years and has already been doing well in training for the 2016 season. 

He comes from California, and is in school for Nursing at Colorado University. He really loves climbing. We are glad to have him on the team, and he is excited to be here.

 

Hagen Hall

Hagen H. has been climbing for 3-4 years, and started climbing for fun once a year when he was playing hockey. He now competes regularly on the youth circuit, and does extremely well in his division. He recently placed 3rd at regionals, and has his eyes set for Nationals!

He resides in Denver, CO, and loves it! He enjoys the outdoors, and likes to hike, bike, and ski.

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Ambassadors

Carissa Gross

Carissa is a one of many talents! She brings to us amazing vibes and awesome for our brand. She is an amazing event, wedding and outdoor photographer, who still takes time to climb, spending time with her family, friends, hiking, road trips, and good coffee. 

Over the past year, she has been an inspiring brand ambassador for the team, motivating the athletes, and keeping everyone stoked to be better. She is also and assistant climbing coach and team coordinator at Earth Treks Climbing Centers in Golden, CO.

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Maureen Beck

Mo is based in the Colorado Front Range, she spends her nights training and her weekends climbing all over the American southwest. She works closely with the adaptive climbing community through Paradox Sports and the Paraclimbing section of USA Climbing and helps manage the Front Range Adaptive Climbing Team. As a competitive climber, she has won four national titles, a gold medal at the 2014 Paraclimbing World Championships in Spain, and also claimed her recent IFSC world title in 2016 in Paris. 

She really brings to the design team amazing insight for how our tools can work for training with other para athletes. Her and her husband are based in Denver, CO and in their spare time bake pies for chairty, and enjoy all their pets and chickens! 

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Melise Edwards

Melise is from North Carolina and started climbing ropes in North Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky thanks to a few amazing mentors. She eventually found bouldering in 2010 and never looked back! She now lives in the northwest and is exploring a new community and style of climbing.

Aside from climbing & training, her interests lie in science, trail running, French, and volunteering. Her biggest goal is to go back to school for a masters in neuroscience. She also volunteers with Vertical Generation, a group that strives to take less fortunate youth to the gym and give them a regular climbing experience through mentorship.

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Jesse Pierson

Jesse is Tacoma, Washington native, but due to his pursuit of a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance, he has also made a home in Northern Texas and Front Range Colorado.  While simultaneously balancing the life of a doctoral student, loving father, and performing artist,

Jesse has developed into an elite rock climber who is easily identified by a sloth-like climbing precision and contagious positive attitude.  While the brand name Beast Fingers is a perfect fit for a rock climbing-concert pianist, the connection resulted from a deeper passion for more efficient training strategies.  Now, at 27, Jesse is devoted to inspiring his fellow weekend warriors to pursue their individual climbing dreams in addition to the demands of everyday life.

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Jennifer Nicely

Jennifer Nicely is a rock climber and American Ninja Warrior competitor. She began climbing in February 2009 and loves continuously pushing herself. She has competed in many recreational climbing competitions, often placing in her division. While she has had many wonderful experiences and successes as a climber, her biggest challenge came when she suffered a massive climbing injury in 2012.The damage she sustained to her left arm was extensive enough that she almost lost her left arm. But even that couldn’t keep Jen from doing what she loved.

She has battled back to become even stronger than she was before her accident, pushing herself as a climber, Obstacle course racing (OCR) athlete, and Ninja Warrior. She's had an incredible recovery and credits this to the unwavering support she receives from those around her. Jennifer lives in Tampa, Florida and trains as much as possible. She loves all things climbing and being outdoors!

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