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Dan Howley

Hometown: Port Jefferson Station, NY
Hobby: Super-Dad & Mega-Husband
Music: Tool, dance, hip hop, most
Vacation: Surfing & climbing (oh and LOTS of kid-fun!)
Quote: ”The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”. ~Michelangelo
Movie: Aliens, One Summer
Book: Sometimes a Great Notion, True Love, Tao of Pooh
Climbing since: the first chance I got!


Josh Paton

Hometown: Lake City, MN
Hobby: Climbing, boating, fishing
Music: Bluegrass, rock, things that make you move!
Vacation: Nepal, anywhere, overseas
Quote: If it isn’t hard, it probably isn’t worth doing.
Movie: RAD
Book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Climbing since: 1994


Scott Rennak

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobby: Bouldering, BC skiing, business development
Music: Folk, Bluegrass, Reggae, Island
Vacation: Font or an Alaskan hut trip
Quote: Fast, cheap, good… pick two, can’t have all three.
Movie: 300
Book: Jack London short stories
Climbing since: 1994


Sarah Filler

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Hobby: Climbing, Reading, Star Trek
Music: Punkish
Vacation: Not a beach but anywhere with climbing.
Quote: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” -Spock
Movie: Donnie Darko
Book: We Are The Ants
Climbing since: March 2006


Troy Singh-Derewa

Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
Hobbies: I love spending time with my dog, Attila. When I’m not climbing I enjoy snowboarding, longboarding, slacklining, and Esports.
Music: I like most types of music, except country! From Rhymesayers hip hop to partying at Bassnectar or chilling to Bonobo- if there’s a good beat I’ll probably like it!
Vacation: My dream vacation is to go to Mallorca for some DWS! Followed by a quick island hop to Ibiza for house music on the beach.
Movie: Funny buddy-flicks like Shanghai Noon or Wedding Crashers are my favorite. Also anything nerdy- like lord of the rings or sci-fi space thrillers.
Book: The Elegant Universe, Siddhartha, Touch for Health
Quote: “When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.”
Climbing since: ’05 in the Gunks!


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


Michelle Watson

Hometown: Arvada CO
Hobbies: Painting, Reading, and far too much time on Pinterest
Music: Wu Tang, Odesza, Gogol Bordello, Lily Fangz
Vacation: NYC, hopefully Japan one day
Movie: Princess Mononoke, SLC Punk, Amelie
Book: Harry Potter
Quote: Those eggs were a lie! They gave me no eagle powers! They gave me no nutrients! – Nacho Libre
Climbing Since: 2011


John Whelden

Hometown: Nantucket Island, MA
Hobby: travel, books, adventures
Music: wood brothers, Jerry Garcia band, all bluegrass
Vacation: Chilean Patagonia dirt bagging
Quote: “He is the richest whose pleasures are cheapest”
Movie: The Last Trapper, Jeremiah Johnson
Book: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, Desert Solitaire
Climbing since: February 2016


Devon Hof

Hometown: Gambrills, MD
Hobby: Climbing, gaming, computers, snowboarding, slacking, movies, chillin
Music: Anything but country
Vacation: New Zealand, Croatia, Thailand
Quote: “Brawndo’s got what plants crave. It’s got electrolytes”
Movie: Seen too many to have a favorite. Or maybe The Lion King?
Book: Ender’s Game
Climbing since: October 2010

Jesse Sklut

Hometown: Providence, RI
Hobby: Snowboarding, Backpacking, Traveling, Guitar, Climbing
Music: Blues, Bluegrass, House, Funk…Tom Waits
Vacation: Spain
Quote: “Three things can not hide long: The moon, the sun, and the truth”
Movie: The Three Ninja’s
Book: Notes From Underground ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Huckleberry Finn ~Mark Twain
Climbing since: 2014


Alexandra Bertz

Alexandra Bertz

Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Hobby: Ceramics, drawing, knitting
Music: House and EDM
Vacation: Climbing desert sandstone
Movie: David Lynch’s 1984 Dune
Book: The Expanse series
Climbing since: 2013

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Amy Ostrowski

Hometown: Woodland Park, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, yoga, video games, digital art
Music: Chill electronic, bluesy rock I can sip whiskey to
Vacation: New Zealand, Australia
Movie: The Shining
Book: Harry Potter
Quote: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Climbing Since: 2012