Meet Our Team


Hayley Welch

Front Desk

Q: Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do in the gym?

A: Hi! I'm Hayley. I grew up in Connecticut and went to school in Vermont before I moved out to Colorado in 2020. I work at the Front Desk!

Q: When not a Whetstone, where might we find you?

A: You can either find me somewhere outside (usually with my dog, Winooski), or at one of my other jobs. I also work as a preschool teacher, an EMT, and a Single Pitch Rock Climbing Guide.

Q: A favorite non-climbing activity?

A: I really enjoy splitboarding, mountain biking, and cooking!

Q: What are you most stoked about these days?

A: I made quite a few lofty climbing goals for 2024. So hopefully I'll be able to get those done! I'm also hoping to Guide a bunch this coming Summer!

Q: Have any projects? Climbing or Non-Climbing?

A: This year I'm hoping to send 5 different invert Off Width boulders in Vedauwoo, climb Road Warrior (10+) on The Black Wall, and climb my first 11 on gear!

Q: How did you get involved with the gym?

A: I've been in the climbing gym industry for over 2 years. Working at Whetstone helps expand my involvement in the Fort Collins climbing community!

Q: Best thing about FoCo / NoCo:

A: The proximity! So many outdoor spaces are within reach!

Q: What’s a low-key flex you can boast about?

A: I used to be a sponsored freestyle snowboarder.

Q: Favorite spot to recreate in.

A: Bear's Lodge (Devil's Tower, WY) or Vedauwoo are my favorite places on Earth.

Q: How does climbing foster community?

A: Climbing draws you to places you'd never think to go. You cross paths with so many individuals who you would've never encountered otherwise. I love hearing the stories that others have to share.

Q: What has climbing taught you?

A: That I can surprise myself with my own abilities.

Q: Climbing in five words... Go!

A: "Thinking happens on the ground."

Q: Favorite climbing style?

A: Trad/Alpine or Off Width!