Janell Thurnauer


Our youth teams just got an upgrade. As our new Assistant Head Coach, Janell brings tons of training experience and a passion for athletics. Her history as elite gymnist and then triathlete prepared her perfectly for this role. Janell is a longtime Boulder local and mother who’s raising 5 kids. Welcome to the team Janell!

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

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Sports have always been a huge part of my life, I grew up doing gymnastics at CATS right across the street and began coaching after that. I attribute a lot of who I am today to the coaches I had growing up and I’d like to think I can be a positive role model for the kids on The Spot Team like my coaches were for me.

What do you love about working at The Spot?
I love the positive atmosphere created by all the employees and the members and I love sharing my passion for climbing with the kids on the team. I get so excited to see their progressions and successes and feel very fortunate they are willing to share them with me.

Why do you climb?
I absolutely love to be outside, and climbing has taken me to so many incredible places and introduced me to so many amazing human beings, and I love that. The climbing community is so eclectic and welcoming it’s hard not to want to be apart of it. I am constantly challenged by climbing, and I love that it motivates me to keep pushing my limits. I also love to see my kids, my athletes, and my climbing partners pushing theirs. And all the successes that come with that are really validating. I think all of this just makes me really happy, so really I climb because it makes me happy.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope I have a climbing van and get to take more awesome trips with my kids, exploring new climbing areas and climbing new climbs, and letting them be the rope guns. I hope I’m still coaching at the Spot and

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
I’m married to an awesome climber, Scott, and we have 5 kids between the two of us, Anthony (6), Layla (11), Dom (12), Mason (14) and Tejal (16), oh and Venga our pup. It’s a crazy life, but somehow we make it all work and we squeeze in climbing and camping trips every chance we get!