Staff

Janelle Anderson

Team CityROCK Head Coach

How did you get started climbing?
In high school, I had an amazing chemistry teacher who took a group of us out top-roping in Unaweep Canyon; then a few years later, my future husband needed a belayer and so it began. :)

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
SPORT CLIMBING... we have kids!, Traditional, Alpine, Bouldering

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
Trad and ice climbing was where it all began for me in Utah 18 years ago, all to gain experience to take into the mountains. Skiing, hiking and climbing were focused on alpine adventures in UT, WY, ID, CO and AK. After having kids, my training evolved and a love for sport climbing began. I've climbed all over the US (25+ states) plus Canada and Europe.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
One October, Michael Caracappa and I had a meeting with a Team CityROCK parent. With perfectly straight faces, we introduced ourselves and proceeded to have a serious discussion about her son. What made this such a memorable moment...we were all dressed up for Halloween. Michael was dressed as a woman in a beautiful blue gown with blonde curly locks. I had on my awesome big hair wig, bell bottoms and way too much eyeshadow. I think we made a great first impression!

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
As an Air Force Officer, I was cleared to do an unrestricted climb in an F-16 Fighter Jet. It's like a rocket taking off! The jet goes straight up then turns over so the world is upside down. After the pilot leveled off, he handed the controls to me and I flew an F-16 for the first time!

Height: 5'8"
Ape Index: Not long enough. Maybe +2?!

Michael Anderson

Team CityROCK Coach

How did you get started climbing?
I grew up in sight of snow-capped peaks, and always yearned to climb them...everything else proceeded from there.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Multi-pitch trad, sport, mountaineering, bouldering

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I've been climbing "seriously" since about 1997, and have enjoyed all aspects of the sport. I've climbed "gnarly" alpine routes and hard little rocks, and I appreciate the differences and special challenges of each discipline. I've always been interested in the science of training, and have used that interest to improve my climbing. I didn't start out as a "good" climber, in fact, I was pretty mediocre (I had to "project" my first 5.10). With careful planning and hard work, I've progressed through the grades, and now I'm "OK".

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
I love the SoCO LOCOs! It's great to see so many psyched climbers from the community, all trying hard, just for the fun of it.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
Raising two awesome boys, of course, but aside from that...probably it's my day-to-day job of teaching Mechanical Engineering at the Air Force Academy. It sounds cliché, but it really is rewarding to help young people to achieve their dreams.

Height: 5' 7 ¾ "
Ape Index: +2.5

Lucas Bundy

Head Route Setter

How did you get started climbing?
I started climbing in college on the sandstone boulders around Durango Colorado.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
I love bouldering and will pursue it as long as my body can take it. However, sport climbing is my favorite discipline in rock climbing.

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I need more climbing experience. Becoming a proficient trad climber is the next step forward for me. For now, I spend my free time traveling around the country looking for beautiful single pitch sport climbs.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
it is hard to pinpoint a single moment (there have been so many) but it is always great to see a newcomer to CityROCK find a community and a home there the way that I have did years ago.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I once achieved "Expert" status as a nationality ranked chess player and won two of three games against the National Champion of a North American country.

Height: 6'1"
Ape Index: 0

Michael Caracappa

Director of Marketing

How did you get started climbing?
Started senior year in college kind of on a whim after a career-ending running injury.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)

  1. Sport Climbing
  2. Trad climbing
  3. Bouldering

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
My first outdoor experiences for both sport climbing and bouldering were in Italy while studying abroad. Instantly hooked! After graduating college I moved to Colorado to get outside more. Now I try to climb as much as possible and primarily work on pushing sport climbing grades.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
The time that Joe had me put together the downstairs campus board. I had no idea of what I was doing.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
Surfed 25-30ft waves in Puerto Rico. It was more scary than cool but is an experience I will never forget.

Height: 5'8"
Ape index: +5 (sorry)

Jeff Dokmo

Team CityROCK Coach, Movement Coach

How did you get started climbing?
One of my earliest climbing experiences that shaped my trajectory into climbing was an outing to Garden of the Gods with some high school friends.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Trad, Bouldering, Sport

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I've climbed for about 15 years all over the world from DWS in Japan to top roping next to an ancient Cypriot church to granite pebble wrestling in an obscure village in Macedonia. I started a small bouldering gym in Tirana, Albania before I came back State side about five years ago to start my guide training. I'm currently an Apprentice Rock Guide through the AMGA and I love the adventure of climbing in all its forms because it simultaneously changes your perspective on the world while showing you people and places you never would have encountered otherwise.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
CityROCK is such a hub for meeting people in the climbing community. One time I was coaching one of the kids in club and a grandparent was chatting to me while I spotted and coached... turns out I was chatting with the climbing legend Jimmy Dunn. He was telling me about establishing one of the first 5.12s in Colorado many years back!

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
A number of years back I hiked to the summit of Mt. Sinai for sunrise in Egypt. One of the coolest experiences to see where Moses received the 10 commandments - it is pretty much in the middle of nowhere!

Height: 5'11"
Ape Index: +2"

Dave Jackson

Owner and creator of the Cave at CityROCK (CaveSim)

My hobby: Teaching my 2-year-old to use words like burgeoning, chandelier, stalactite and oscilloscope in casual conversation.

Laura Jones

Front Desk

How did you get started climbing?
I married into it :)

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference.
Sport is my favorite

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I started climbing once moving out to Colorado. My first climb ever was Otto's route up Independence Monument. I tend to like routes that are crimpy and require more balance.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
It's always funny to see people's reactions when Matt takes a whipper and then pulls me and the 50 lb weight bag up to the first draw :).

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
Hahahaha I have no idea - I bake really great desserts?

Height: 5'6"
Ape Index: -2.5 :(

Matt Jones

Front Desk

How did you get started climbing?
With buddies looking for a good workout.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Sport, trad, bouldering

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
Multi-pitch in RMNP, Moab, Eldo, ect... I like to spend summers in the South Platte area. More recently I have been getting way psyched on Rifle.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
Getting a job here. Life has taken me in many different directions (hockey, math, ect.), but I never thought I would be working at a climbing gym. Thankfully I got the opportunity to work at CityRock, and I love it!

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I got to play in a San Jose Sharks intrasquad scrimmage at the SAP Center (Sharks home ice). It was not quite an NHL game, but it was still an awesome experience as the entire lower bowl was filled with screaming fans.

Height: 6'4''
Ape Index: +0

Matt Leap

Head of Maintenance, Intro Lesson Instructor

How did you get started climbing?
My first exposure to "real" climbing was courtesy of the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center near Bridgeport, CA, back in 1996.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Alpine, multipitch, ice, trad, sport, aid, bouldering, watching climbing videos.

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I had the good fortune of moving to the Front Range in 2005, and have been trying to maximize my climbing enjoyment ever since. The only climbing I'm never excited about is steep earth. I've been teaching climbing (for money!) since 2010.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
Every time somebody who says "I'll never climb!" ends up climbing.
Talking with folks after they get back from a climbing trip.
Ice Night, now Ice Fest!

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
Seeing Petra, Jordan. Visiting a night market in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Rafting the Tully River near Cairns, Australia. Mountain biking the Whole Enchilada in Moab, UT. Diving in Palau. Driving an M1A1 tank. Still not being able to count very well.

Height: 63"? I think the last time I had my height measured was 1995 or 1996.

Ape Index: Your face is an ape! But seriously, ape index is used as a rationalization for why a given climb is perceived as harder or easier by different folks. Difficulty grades are informative, but entirely subjective and, ultimately, not that important.

Don McGrath

Movement Coach

How did you get started climbing?
I was in Yosemite and got bored and tired of hiking, so I took a climbing class that changed my life.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Trad
Sport
Bouldering

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I've been climbing for more than 25 years, and have done more than ten thousand trad and sport ascents in the US and Europe. The things I am most proud of are climbing long difficult trad climbs (like Astroman in Yosemite and the Naked Edge in Eldo), and climbing sport routes at the 12+/13- grade into my 50s.
I love passing on my knowledge about climbing to others and have taught hundreds of climbers, and I'm currently working toward my AMGA Rock Instructor Certification.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
Seeing people that I taught in the Adult Movement class getting at it in the gym and loving it.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I've authored several award winning books and do motivational speaking.

Height: 5'10"
Ape Index: I don't know.

Larissa Phillips

General Manager

How did you get started climbing?
I was shy when I moved to a new school and preferred traversing the gym’s rock wall during recess to the painful effort of meeting new people.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Bouldering, sport, trad

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I started as a die-hard sport climber and gym competitor transitioning into trad. In the transition, I kept running into “traditude,” but the boulderers were always welcoming so I got pulled to the dark side. Now I’m more into traveling and I’ll try whatever the area is known for – bouldering in Font, sport in Kalymnos, multi-pitch in Yosemite.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
There are so many! When Lara pranked everyone by putting bubble wrap under the welcome mat, when we convinced Michael that some of the holds were Velcro-ed to the wall, bubble gum challenges where for a piece of gum we could convince people to do silly things like participate in a gym-wide dance party, sing “Let it Go” from the top of the boulder, wear fake mustaches, or talk like Arnold Schwarzenegger… the list goes on.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I roasted marshmallows on an active lava flow and drank tea with a documentary crew at Everest Base Camp.

Height: 5’ 2¾”
Ape Index: +4

Isaac Palatt

Route Setter, Assistant Head Coach

How did you get started climbing?
I had to learn how to do something new and give a presentation and write a how-to book for a project in the 6th grade!

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference.
Roof bouldering, sport climbing, bouldering.

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I've been climbing since 1998, and it has been one of the biggest parts of my life ever since. I love pushing myself on hard boulders and sport routes, and my greatest passion is for discovering and teaching the subtleties of complex movement.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
Interacting with our members and discussing the details of specific routes and boulder problems.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I earned a BFA in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking, with a minor in Art History.

Height: 5'9"
Ape Index: +4" (I know, it isn't fair.)

Becca Reberry

Club Coach, Front Desk

How did you get started climbing?
I started when I moved out to Colorado from Kansas and made friends who climbed regularly.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference
Sport, Trad, Bouldering

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I've been climbing for about 3 years, and I'm still on the process of figuring out where I want climbing to take me. Being challenged on the wall is one of my favorite things because I am able to figure out for myself how I need to adjust to the climb I'm on, whether that is breathing more or pulling the right move. It is impossible to hide your emotions when you are on the wall and I love being open to the people I am climbing with.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
I don't have just one favorite moment. I love the atmosphere that CityROCK offers to the climbing (and non-climbing) community. Everyone is welcome when they are climbing here no matter their skill level. I love seeing people challenging themselves on a daily basis and others supporting them.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I can touch my elbows together.

Height: 5'5"
Ape Index: Unknown

Ian Richards

Director of Programs

How did you get started climbing?
My roommate asked me if I wanted to go to CityROCK instead of sitting on the couch.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference
Sport, Bouldering, Trad.

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I have been climbing for about five years and it is growing on me like a colony of E.Coli does on a plate of room temperature Canadian bacon.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
My favorite CR moment was the time Tony and I had a spelling contest that lasted two-years.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
Skiing is the coolest thing I do... it's way better than rock climbing.

Height: 6'00"
Ape Index: -17

Rachel Schaefer

Adaptive Climbing Team Coordinator

How did you get started climbing?
I moved to Colorado, found out it was a thing, then begged anyone and everyone to take me, I finally got to go to Garden of the Gods and I was hooked.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc)
Sport, bouldering, trad

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
Right now I am a casual climber, working to improve my ape index. I want to be injury free and continue climbing for the rest of my life.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
I had my wedding reception at CityROCK, we catered Q-doba and a Margarita machine. There was a lot of extra tequila. My favorite CityROCK memory was standing on top of the front desk taking a shot of tequila with all the guests and CityROCK staff. I also had a razor scooter I rode around the dance floor.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
My husband and I built a tiny house. This challenged my perspective for the better on space, square footage, and material things.

Height: 5'4
Ape Index: +1

Tony Yao

Director of Operations

How did you get started climbing?
My buddy in college introduced me. I've been hooked ever since!

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference. (bouldering, sport, trad, etc.)
Sport, bouldering, trad.

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I've been climbing for 23 years. I know! So Old! I've been fortunate enough to climb all over the world.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
Joe jumping off the plank at Night of the Living Deadpoint.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I ran 3 marathons and an ultra. I would love to hike the Pacific Crest Trail someday.

Height: 5'6"
Ape Index:+1.5

Trisha Boudreau

Front Desk

How did you get started climbing?
I started climbing at Liberty High School with my brother when I was 16, even lettered in climbing club.

List your favorite climbing style in order of preference
Trad then sport and bouldering gets a thumbs down from me

Tell me more about your climbing experience.
I started climbing 16 years ago and have recently started dabbling in the world of trad. It's very scary and challenging... exactly why I dig it. I have put my focus on adaptive climbing for the last few years and cannot wait to learn more. On my to-do list for the next year is climbing at the Gunks and Smith Rock.

What is your favorite CityROCK moment?
I like when puppies visit us.

What is one of the coolest non-climbing things you've done?
I took a four week vacation to Chile - got to hang out with penguins in Patagonia, galloped on horseback across a beach surrounded by Guanacos in Torres Del Paine.

Height: 5'10"
Ape Index: -2