San Diego Chapter


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Meet Your Section Chair:


Jonathan Wachtel was born and raised in West Virginia climbing trees and didn't start looking to rocks until
college.  What started blind-folded on an indoor wall quickly escalated to self-taught trad leads in
Seneca Rocks, WV. He survived. Since then, he's climbed rock and ice in 19 states and 7 countries with
a couple intentional and unintentional first ascents mixed in. Between leads, Jonathan managed to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, earn a Masters, and bag a beautiful bride.  He’s an Active Duty Surface Warfare Officer stationed in sunny San Diego, CA. Jonathan has been an AAC Member since 2013 is currently the Co-Chairman of its San Diego Chapter.

Tom Vokes begin climbing on the east coast after pursuing a variety of endurance sports, including ultra-running, mountain biking, and triathlon.  Eventually, he found the sport of climbing at local NJ gym and was soon obsessed after his first multipitch climb at the legendary Gunks of NY.  After climbing every rock and ice flow he could find out east, he moved to sunny San Diego in 2016 and hit the ground running, with climbing & running adventures weekly from El Cajon to Yosemite.   By day, Tom performs medical research in neuroscience, hot on the trail of finding new and innovative ways to treat degenerative brain diseases.  He is looking forward to strengthening an already terrific community of San Diego climbers.