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Janell Thurnauer

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Hobby: I love to cook
Music: I love almost all music, Grace Potter, Alabama Shakes, Glass Animals, Dave Matthews Band, Banks, Fractures, Lapsley,Widespread Panic,Old Crow Medicine Show, Ani Difranco, Birdy, Bigh Head Todd, A Fine Frenzy, Foo Fighters, I could go on and on.
Vacation: My family and I love to go on road trips, exploring National Parks and climbing areas we haven’t been to, but my favorite places to go are The Red River Gorge and Vail Colorado.
Quote: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran
Movie: White Oleander and The Breakfast Club
Book: Way too hard to pick just one…’Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands’ – Chris Bohjalian, “Alone on the Wall” – Alex Honnold, ‘Breakfast with Buddha’ – Roland Merullo, ‘Lamb’ – Christopher Moore, ‘Born A Crime’ – Trevor Noah and so many more!
Climbing since: 2012


Jesse Bergquist

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, Biking, Beach Volleyball
Music: Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, Pink Floyd to name a few. I like almost anything besides Country.
Vacation: I love to travel, whether its to climb or just to see the sights and experience new cultures. My dream vacation would probably last a year and involve a lot of different places, people and rock.
Movie: Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Lost in Translation, Apocalypse Now and Kill Bill are my top 5.
Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Quote: “Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Climbing since: 2007


Eli Ellis

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Hobby: Art, slacklining, skateboarding and snowboarding
Music: Everything from Pretty Lights to The Grateful Dead. I love it all!
Vacation: Snowboarding in Japan
Quote: “Just know it’s possible.” Kevin Pierce
Movie: Art of Flight
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Climbing since: 8th grade, so around 2010


Nicole Miswell

Hometown: Westminster, CO
Hobby: Wrastlin’ Colorado pebbles and playin’ funky tunes
Music: Zeppelin! Pink Floyd! Hendrix!
Vacation: Mars 2020
Quote: “It goes, boys” -Lynn Hill
Movie: Fantasia, Samsara, Meru
Book: The Alchemist, The Dharma Bums
Climbing since: 2013


Mark Gerken

Favorite sport climbing areas: Red River Gorge, Tonsai, BoCan
Favorite bouldering areas: Little Rock City, Flagstaff Mt
Personal stats: 6’2″ tall, +4 ape index
Hardest sends: Monkey Trail 13a (Thakhek Laos), Monkey Bar Direct v8 (Red Rock Canyon)
Climbing goals: Stay healthy, stay motivated, and continuously chase projects that seem impossible at first but can be done with hard work and focus.