Staff

Anna
Front Desk / Operations Manager

Anna grew up in Guerneville, CA amongst the redwoods and rivers of the Sonoma Coast. She started climbing just a few years ago and it very quickly became her passion. Since moving to Bend, regular visits to Smith Rock have helped her develop her skills as a sport climber, but one of her long term goals in climbing is to become a proficient trad climber and explore more alpine climbing pursuits. When not climbing or working at the front desk, you might find Anna mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, or soaking up the sunshine by the river or a Cascade lake. Anna loves being a part of the BRG family and is grateful to be welcomed into the Bend climbing and outdoor community. 

Katy
Front Desk / Operations Manager
Cayla
Front Desk / Coach / Youth Programs Coordinator

Cayla’s the name! Nice to meet you!

I am new to Bend and couldn’t be happier to be surrounded by like-minded people. I am thrilled to be working at BRG, because climbing is a huge, all encompassing part of my life and I hope to be able to share my general stoke with others!

Climbing is a huge outlet for me to be able to focus and tune out all other worries and concerns that day-to-day life brings to each of us. Climbing is a way to be in tune with your body and mind all at once and is an absolute cure for any bad mood. I started climbing at the Warehouse Rock Gym in Olympia, Washington just for fun but once I started I couldn’t stop. I hope to help others find the feeling of self assurance and confidence that climbing can bring. On a simpler note, I love all types of climbing (especially at Smith), mountain biking, skiing and going on ridiculously long walks with my pup Sitka Spruce. 

Ross
Front Desk / Coach / Lead Instructor
Ross hails from Portland, Oregon. He is a TRUE OREGONIAN! He moved to Bend for amazing climbing and to go to school here. He began climbing thanks to a strong sense of curiosity and the climbing wall at OSU. His short term climbing goal is to flash every 5.10 in the Lower Gorge. Long term he plans to climb a big wall, send a 5.12 trad line, and of course visit Spain! Ross’ favorite type of climbing is long traditional climbs and some of his favorite routes include Classic Crack and Red Eye at Broughton’s Bluff (Portland). His favorite part about working at Bend Rock Gym is interacting with everyone in the awesome Bend climbing community and most definitely working with all the kiddos, because he gets to act like one! Ross recommends checking out The Trad Climber’s Bible for anyone looking for some inspiration.
Rayna
Front Desk

Rayna joined us from Ashland for the non-stop sunshine, high desert air, and “climbing with the bestie”. She got into climbing as a child scrambling around Joshua Tree, later joining a rag-tag climbing team in high school where climbing became a part of her life for good. Her short-term goals include improving her lead head and becoming more comfortable taking whips. Her long term goal is to get out and explore other crags across the country and around the world. Rayna’s favorite part of working at BRG is being surrounding by so many passionate, motivated, and helpful individuals. Her favorite quote relating to outdoor adventures is by Mark Twight (American alpinist): “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.”

Daniel
Front Desk / Coach
A Central Californian native, Daniel recently moved to the Pacific Northwest to explore all the adventures and goodness Central Oregon has to offer. Daniel has been avidly climbing since 2011 and has truly found joy in sharing his passion for the outdoors with others. When not at the gym, Daniel can be found teaching kids how to snowboard at Mt. Bachelor, sampling all of Bend's wonderful cuisine, or looking for new, fun ways to get outside and explore.
Ben
Front Desk / Coach

Ben is from Redmond, Oregon, only fifteen short minutes from his favorite climbing area! Rock climbing had a huge influence in his life at a time when few things made as much sense as making hard moves on a rock face. Working for Bend Rock Gym has encouraged him to continue his development in climbing instruction and becoming a more active member of the Central Oregon climbing community. His goals for the coming year are to strengthen his traditional climbing skills and push for harder grades on multi-pitch routes at Smith. When Ben's not climbing, he loves cycling, long backpacking trips in the mountains, and fitness training (for climbing)!

Nolan
Front Desk

Hey, there, Nolan here!

Relativity new to Oregon, I am one of those California transplants you’ve probably been hearing about. I moved here to Bend to grow some roots and to peruse the art of rock climbing and find a place of balance through an active and healthy lifestyle. I first got into the sport of climbing when I was 11 and had discovered the local rock gym was only a bike ride away. I soon found this to be fulfilling as a passion and took to the sport as my go-to activity. Now, in my young adulthood, I find the trials and tribulations of being raised a climber has helped me in so many intangible ways; it is my goal to continue as a rock climber and community member, so I may share what I have learned on my journey. I have been climbing for more than half my life, and I have never gotten a bore from it yet! Here’s to BRG!

Morgan
Front Desk / Social Media Coordinator
Kevin
Front Desk
Lily
Front Desk
Alec
Front Desk
Bernie
Front Desk
Dillon
Front Desk
Rich
Director of Operations
Rich loves to combine his business and management skills with his passion for climbing each day. He grew up in the mountains of Northern California where he honed his skills as a skier, before taking up climbing while attending the University of Oregon. Having spent time as a marketer, both at an agency and a software start-up, Rich brings a creative eye and business savvy to BRG. An avid outdoorsman, Rich can be found climbing at Smith Rock State Park, floating on the Deschutes River, hiking in the Cascade Lakes area, or skiing in the backcountry.
Joey
Head Setter
Joey has been a routesetter, coach, and climbing gym employee for over a decade. Most recently, Joey has been spending a lot of time shaping holds and traveling around the country to set for youth and adult competitions. He is also heavily involved with USA Climbing, working as a Level 4 setter at Bouldering and Sport Youth Nationals, as well as chiefing local, Regional and Divisional events. If not at BRG, you can usually find Joey bouldering around the Northwest, out at Smith Rock, floating down the Deschutes, up in the mountains, shaping holds in his garage, drinking a beer at one of the local breweries, or at some live music... except for Phish... he doesn't like Phish 😉
Jess
Youth Programs Director
Jess has been with Bend Rock Gym for three years and is our Youth Programs Director! She graduated in 2013 from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Jess has always had a love and passion for fitness and health. When Jess was 14, her mom became interested in climbing. Jess followed suit and immediately became hooked. Since then climbing has been an outlet and a continuous adventure for her. You will find Jess on multi pitches out at Smith, or on top of a mountain summit somewhere. Her favorite part about working at BRG is having the privilege to coach and mentor our youth in the Bend community.
Alex
Bold as love ♥