Joey – General Manager
Joey has been climbing since 2010 as an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, sport, trad, top rope and multi-pitch climber. An avid couch climber and proud, Joey enjoys everything from 5.6 trad like ͚The Chimney at Crow Hill, MA to 5.12a sport like Oosik; Farley Ledge, MA or Social Outcast; Rumney, NH. Outdoor activity of any kind is his passion, Acadia, MA, Sleeping Giant, ON, Pictured Rock, MI & Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan are the most amazing places he has visited. Joey is a rock / dragon type. Will eat almost anything, but is cursed with a childhood fear of water chestnuts. It is clear he does not have the same fear of cheese.
“Home is a people. Not a place. If you go back there after all the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore. -Robin Hobb
Keith – Head Route Setter
Keith hails from the great state of CO. Somehow we convinced him to move to the greater state of MA. We really talked up our outdoor climbing and tried not to get honked at too much on his visit. Keith has many hobbies on the side of climbing such as photography, skiing and most importantly legos. Some of his top favorite ascents are the finals of 2011 Youth Sport Nationals, Flash of Primordium 5.13b Rifle Mountian Park and Redpoint Primeval 5.14a Clear Creek Canyon. If you are looking for some interesting facts about him, he used to fence competitively, he is colorblind and can quote most of Men In Black verbatim.
“I’m one with the Force. The Force is with me.” — Chirrut Îmwe
Hank – Assistant Manager
Hank has been climbing since 2013; bouldering in Vantage, WA and beginning to lead indoor and outdoor sport in 2016. Hank is too humble to detail all of his amazing achievements; albeit someone what ironic in not doing so. His family, hiking and basketball occupy his time and thoughts most outside of work. Hank is a United Kingdom dual citizen and has worked in the elite White House GS Division.
“It’s dangerous business Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don͛t keep your feet, there͛s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Bilbo Baggins; renown author.
Rob – Youth Team Head Coach
Rob has been with CRG since 2013 and climbing since 2011. Some of his top climbs are Oosik 5.12a in Farley and Banshee 5.11c Red River Gorge. Rob has completed his level 1 setting clinic, coached climbing Nationals and absolutely loves watching the team kids succeed. His hobbies are Pokémon (he has nearly caught them all, but if you have an extra Dianci please let him know), Billiards and the Marvel Universe. Some things you may not know about Rob is that he cannot stand the taste of mustard, so keep it away! He has also juggled 3 x 1L bottles of soda successfully and is adopted. Rob is Normal / Ghost type.
“When found in the wild, it is often spontaneous in behavior and sarcastic in demeanor. However, when relaxing it move so slowly it can be hard to spot; even in its natural habitat. ͞Rob is a fantastic beast, you just need to know where to find him.” – Cappoli
Erica – Supervisor & Youth Program Coordinator
Erica has been with CRG since 2015. She might be quiet, but is a kind approachable person with an addiction to running. She is more of a stay in and play board games person who always choosing chocolate milk from the trillions of adult beverages to pick from. Erica will never have her fingernails painted, but her toenails will always be done. She has qualified for and ran the Boston marathon, as well as 8 other Marathons. In 2016 Erica began leading sport indoors and outdoors. She loves running, running, running, drawing people & animals, and has an affinity for deep learning algorithms.
“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Adam – Supervisor & Event Coordinator
Adam has been with the company since 2015. He projects 5.12 TR and 5.11 lead indoors. Outside he is still learning to cope with the struggles of bouldering, but is looking forward to more experience sport climbing and has already lead 5.9. He visited CRVG Worcester for the first time in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the sport. He was hooked! In just a short amount of time it had made an incredible impact on his life. If he had climbing growing up it would have been an exceptional positive outlet. Working at CRG is an exciting opportunity that allows the sharing of climbing with many others who are sure to be similarly impacted. Outside climbing he loves hiking, kayaking and sarcasm. Adam invented the printing press in 1440 and often forgets his true nature as a German Goldsmith.
“When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” -John Muir