Community Outreach Manager
Carly is our Community Outreach Manager, she is focused on community events at Whetstone and she does the social media! Her love for climbing started when she was back in high school in Fort Collins, CO where she felt that the climbing community was her second family. She climbed on the Front Range for years before living in Nepal, India and East Africa, where she started mountaineering. She has guided on mountains such as Kilimanjaro, as well as Denali, and is an Apprentice AMGA Rock Guide. Carly most recently started an outdoor climbing mentorship program for younger climbers. She believes that sharing climbing ethics with the younger generation is essential to climbing and the climbing community. After guiding and working in over 10 countries over the past eight years, she finally found herself back home in Fort Collins, where she can’t wait to work closely with the climbing community and feel that sense of ‘family’ once again.
Retail Buyer and Accounts Payable Manager
Joey is our Retail Buyer and Accounts Payable Manager. After college, Joey relocated to Colorado to explore the outdoors and shortly thereafter found climbing. When he decided to leave his desk job, it was only natural that he found working at a climbing gym to be the perfect balance between his love for number crunching and the challenges found in climbing. Joey is most excited to meet the Whetstone community and build a ‘home away from home’ feel that only a climbing gym can create.
Personal Climbing Coach and Trainer
Ken is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Climb Strong Certified Performance Coach, and Northern Colorado Climber’s Coalition Board Member. His climbing travels have brought him all over the world from the amazing limestone walls of Spain and Mexico to the expansive boulder fields of the Rocklands of South Africa.
He has coached and instructed rock climbing in every capacity: from youth teams to accredited college courses. His passion for coaching is matched by his ability to connect with climbers of all levels.
Ken is constantly evolving as a climber; and whether he is repeating a climb in Rocky Mountain National Park, or working on a project 9,000 miles away, he is always learning to look more closely at himself and his own climbing, while consistently trying hard and having fun.
Youth Program Coordinator
Sarah is a Colorado native who started climbing 5 years ago with her high school’s climbing team and quickly grew to love the sport. She began working in a climbing gym shortly after joining the team, and is passionate about spreading the joy of climbing to those in her community. When she’s not climbing, she’s working towards her degree at Colorado State University, hiking around Colorado, or listening to Harry Styles.
Although Scott isn’t great at writing bios, he makes up for it with his +3 ape index, which could explain his love for setting big moves. This guy is from Leavensworth, KS originally, but met his beautiful wife while in the Navy over in Italy. He also has an adorable daughter, Maire. He has dubbed himself “Scotty the Hotty” and has been climbing for over 13 years. He signs all of his routes “Mouse” in the gym, but you will have to ask him why yourself.
Seth Murphy is the Managing Director, and we are truly excited for everything he will do! His rich experience in the climbing industry started in 1996, working at Hudson Trail Outfitters in Annapolis, Maryland. Climbing has taken a few different forms for him, from guiding in South America and Asia, to working at the late Mountain Shop in Fort Collins, CO. Seth has been the Director for the Mid-Atlantic Earth Treks in Northern Baltimore as well as for the Golden, CO location; he also helped open the most recent (and largest) Earth Treks in Englewood. Seth is excited to bring his passion for all things climbing to Whetstone, and looks forward to being able to give-back to the community that has done so much for him and his family.
Introducing one of our Assistant Directors, Tilde Bombarado M.! Tilde is one amazing woman, wife, and mother, who’s experience with climbing started when she was 12 years old, living in Naples, Italy. Her love for climbing comes from the community that she finds in the outdoor realm; meeting others with a common passion, and climbing in places where she can also focus on being a mom at the same time. Tilde wants to bring that same sense of community to Whetstone. She loves coaching and her experience is extensive, she is going to do amazing things… and we can’t wait!
Marketing and Design Manager
TJ hails from Nashville, TN where he was introduced to climbing in high school, on his first date with his future wife. Talk about a great day at the gym; this clearly showed him the power of the community at climbing gyms, and how a strong climbing community can be truly life-changing! He has been in Colorado for 5 years and has been doing graphic design and illustration. He is an amazing artist and creates some beautiful climbing-centric work. We couldn’t be more stoked to have such a warm, creative, and sincere guy who will work with our members and guests everyday.