Meet the RCF staff

 

Management Team

Matthew Conroy
General Manager

Contact: matt@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2015
Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor,
SOLO Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad
Favorite Crag: Cannon Mountain, NH
Special Talent: Understanding Chris Moyle
Other Interests: Kayaking, Woodworking
Best Thing About Climbing: Solitude

 

 

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Kevin Wright
Wall Manager, Routesetter

Contact: kevin@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2015
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad
Favorite Crag: The Gunks
Other Interests: Climbing, beer, pizza (not necessarily in that order)
Words to Live By: "Sport climbing is neither"

Check out the Ask Kevin column on our blog where we ask our favorite RCF curmudgeon questions about the climbing life.

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dre refvik
SUPERVISOR

Started at RCF: 2016
Certifications: CWI
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering
Climbing Goals: Becoming more comfortable falling on the lead wall
Other Interests: Traveling and watching Star Wars
Favorite Superhero: Spider-man
Best Thing About Climbing: An endless amount of problems

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NATE MCKENZIE
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

Contact: nate@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2010
Certifications: AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor (Course Provider), SOLO Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED, USA Climbing Level 1 Routesetter, Baldest RCF manager
Favorite Local Crag: Ragged Mtn (CT), the Gunks (NY) or anything with a good view.
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad, Ice & Alpine
Words to Live By: “We climb because of the risk [and difficulty], not in spite of it.” - Royal Robbins
Interests: Kayaking, adaptive climbing, podcasts, singing in the car/shower
Volunteer Service: Paradox Sports (adaptive rock/ice climbing) and Ragged Mountain Foundation (access, conservation)

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CHris Moyle
Programs Manager, Head Coach

Contact: chris@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2016
Hometown: Banbury, England (UK)
Nickname: UKC
Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor / CWI, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED,
USA Climbing Certified Coach
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Tall stuff
Favorite Crag: "Blueys" Australia, Verdon Gorge, Culm Coast-North Devon UK
Foreign Language: American English
Words to Live By: BURPEES 

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Nora Maklad
asst manager

Contact: nora@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2015
Favorite Crag: Red River Gorge, KY
Certifications: AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad is rad, but I'm clipping bolts till I die.
Climbing Goals: Climb like Kevin.
Foreign Languages: Arabic, conversational French
Other Interests: Hiking, dodge-ball
Favorite Superhero: Batman (duh!)

Favorite Quote: "Anything less than the best is a felony."- Vanilla Ice
Best Thing About Climbing: Its as mental as it is physical

ALYSA VIDAL
asst manager

Contact: alysa@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2012
Favorite Climbing Area: Gunks
Climbing Goals: Develop the endurance to climb long overhangs
Favorite Quote: "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
Other Interests: Raising my son Eden
Favorite Superhero: Catwoman
Best Thing About Climbing: The community and the self discovery

 

Ryan McManus
supervisor

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport/multi pitch trad
Favorite crag: Lander WY (wild iris, sinks, the winds)
Favorite Quote: "you are the main character of the story of your life" 
Best Thing About Climbing: pushing my physical and metal limits

Routesetters

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Josh Vidal
Assistant Wall Manager, Routesetter

Started at RCF: 2013
Setter Name: "JV", yoshi
Favorite Crag: Red River Gorge, KY
Favorite Climbing Discipline: sport and bouldering
Hobbies: eating and swimming

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Brendan Chin
Routesetter, 
Teamrcf COAch

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Crag: Joe's valley, Utah
Discipline: Bouldering
Special Talents: The ability to climb hard routes in the size of a 10 year old! 
Favorite Thing About Climbing: Outcrimpin' UKC
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: my homemade chalk bag

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Owen Mcandrew
Routesetter

Started at RCF: 2014
Nickname: "O"
Favorite Crag: Red River Gorge, KY
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport > Trad > Bouldering
Climbing Goal: Climb El Capitan, Yosemite
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: GriGri 1

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Andrew P Wetjen
Routesetter

Started at RCF: 2017
Certifications: USAC Routesetter lvl 1
Favorite Crag: Half Way Log Dump
Favorite Quote: "This one speaks to me...it said eat me" - Kevin (to meatball sub)
Hobbies: Board games, drawing
Favorite Superhero: Black Shadow -because he sticks to walls

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Dave ESperanza
Routesetter, Coach

Started at RCF: 2011
Nickname: Esperanza or DS
Favorite Crag: The Red
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport
Other Interests: Dogs and travel

Instructors & Coaches

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Henry Boyd
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2013
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport Climbing
Favorite Crag: Rumney, NH
Other Interests: Musician
Special Talent: Can heel hook on anything, regardless of benefit.
Volunteer Service: Working a soup line

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Jose Echegaray
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Nicknames: Josie
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering
Fluent Foreign Languages: Slang!
Favorite Superhero: No superheroes, only role models.
Hobbies: Photography and videography

Best Thing About Climbing: The opportunity to push yourself beyond what you once thought was impossible

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Michaela Hastings
Coach

Started at RCF: 2017
Certifications: Ace certified personal trainer
Favorite Outdoor Crag: Joshua Tree
Future Climbing Goal: 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell
Best Thing About Climbing: Personal growth

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James Zayan
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2017
Hometown: Monroe, CT
Special Talent: Great knowledge of navigating the wilderness
Favorite Quote: "We are all dying already, why waste is settling for less?"
Favorite Crag: Anywhere in NY state
Favorite Thing About Climbing: The mental process that goes into completing a climb
Hobbies: Skiing and Hiking

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Joshua Tilton
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2014
Nickname: “JT”
Favorite Piece of Gear: Petzl GriGri
Favorite Quote: “Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.” - Ron Swanson
Hobbies: Video games, football, basketball

Zachary Visser
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2015
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering
Hobbies: Working on cars/motorcycles
Best Thing About Climbing: The pump
Favorite Quote: "They don't think it be like it is, but it do" - Oscar Gamble
 

Philip Gangnath
Instructor

Nicknames: bubbles
Certifications: SOLO, Wilderness first responder, tactical boat handling, fire fighter 1, swift water rescue, marine patrol officer
Favorite Quote: "The outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man"
Hobbies: Rugby and wood working
Best Thing About Climbing: Freedom of being out in nature

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WEST LACANCELLERA
INSTRUCTOR, coach

Started at RCF: 2015
Position at RCF: Instructor and youth coach.
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad
Certifications: AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor (w/lead)

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Patrick L. Townsend
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Nicknames: Patty Cakes
Favorite Crag: Lincoln Woods, RI
Special Talent: I'm a trained magician
Hobbies: Archery, Frisbee and baking
Favorite Super Hero: The Flash, who wouldn't want to run faster than light
Best Thing About Climbing: When you find the perfect knee bar
 

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Tara Velky
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2017
Nickname: Twinkle Toes
Special Talent: Rapping along to 90's music and Hamilton
Favorite Quote: "If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow"- Heath Ledger
Hobbies: Netflix and eating
Best Thing About Climbing: Surprising myself when I gain new strengths

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EJ rimerman instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport, Trad, and Ice
Hobbies: Whitewater kayaking
Best Thing About Climbing: The meditation
Certifications: WFA, SRT

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WESLEY CICCONE
INSTRUCTOR

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Falling (Sport)
Favorite Quote: ""You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott
Special Talent: Mediocre voice impressions
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: Mammut Smart Belay Device
Favorite Thing About Climbing: Crushing that project you've been working on for months

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Blake Cheney
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering, Sport
Favorite Piece of Gear: My fingers
Hobbies: Stage managing
Best Thing About Climbing: Me sending it

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Kate Scimeca
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2014
Special Talent: Being little
Future Climbing Goal: Always get better
Other Interests: Hiking, going to the beach, friends

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Andrew Visser
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Special Talent: Impressions, vocals
Volunteer Service: Special Olympics
Interests: Hiking, weight lifting, making music
Best Thing About Climbing: The feeling of accomplishment

 

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Annie Nelson Instructor, coach

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport, Trad
Favorite Superhero: Ms. Marvel because she can fly
Best Thing About Climbing: Spending all my free time outside
Future Climbing Goal: Climb in Thailand

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Samuel Alcosser Coach

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering
Hobbies: Coding
Best Thing About Climbing: It is the most fun way to exercise
Favorite Quote: "Do onto others as you want them to do onto you"