Azissa joins the Club from the foothills of South Carolina. At the University of South Carolina she began exploring all the outdoors had to offer and truly became hooked on climbing. After graduating with a degree in Health Communications and Neuroscience, Azissa chose to pursue climbing instruction and guiding in western North Carolina in 2014. While the Blue Ridge will always be home, Azissa eventually came West to explore bigger terrain. Over the following years, she pursued a career in commercial guiding and climbing instruction. During this time she became an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Apprentice Rock Guide- an education that she hopes to continue growing. Moving from Colorado to Utah and back while exploring everything in between, Azissa decided to settle in Boulder for a while in 2017 and explore the vast amount of climbing and skiing it has to offer. She is beyond excited to join the Club’s Education department coordinating the Mountain Qualification Leader program
Born and raised in Kentucky, Blake spent his childhood in the mountains of Appalachia, where he began his lifelong affair with the outdoors. He has been rock climbing for over twenty-six years, is a certified AMGA guide, and enjoys all types of climbing, from big walls to crack climbs to clipping bolts and pebble wrestling. He has ticked off hundreds of routes across the US, including over 1700 routes in the Red River Gorge alone, over 100 of which are first ascents, all while managing a successful software company.
Blake’s combined experience in the outdoor and tech worlds brought him to the American Alpine Club in 2012, where he now pushes around zeros and ones, constructing web applications and software as the AAC Senior Software Engineer and Code Monkey.
These days, you can find Blake in and around Red River Gorge, Kentucky, climbing rocks, bolting new routes, fixing old ones, dusting off boulders, and eating Nutella brownies at the Red River Rockhouse, where he can often be found writing code for the American Alpine Club and maintaining the website www.BadBolts.com where climbers nation-wide can report bolts that may need attention. Check it out next time you find a spinner.
Allison received a masters in library and information sciences from the University of Denver and started at the AAC as a volunteer in 2013. She enjoys reading, nordic skiing and hiking and camping in Colorado's wild places. Her favorite collection from the AAC archives is Albert Ellingwood's scrapbooks and photographs from his climbs in Colorado and Wyoming in the 1920s.
After years of flatland and football, Clark found home again at higher elevations after a momentous trek in the Rockies. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the Left Coast, seeking tutelage from the madcaps and boddhisatvas of the climbing community. The will to climb has since taken him back east and west again to delight in the vertical lands of Turtle Island. Clark is thrilled to carry the torch down in Hueco, to serve the climbing community and Hueco Tanks State Park in such a way that celebrates and maintains current and future access.
Truc has been reveling in the climbing world for over 25 years and is currently serving as the Marketing and Communications Director for Vertical World Climbing Gyms. Aside from teaching his 6 month old son the ethics of climbing-dirt-baggery, he's an avid photographer, skier mountaineer, and alpinist, as well as the guitarist for The Struggles and an unbelievable source of energy and stoke. You can usually find him emceeing our events and instigating a party.
Will joined the AAC team in 2018 as manager of the AAC Rumney Campground. He grew up as a bona fide country boy in rural Mississippi where there is not a mountain or cliff to be found. He discovered rock climbing in 2005 and immediately became consumed with the sport. He went on to graduate college with a degree in Finance and Contract Management, which transitioned into a successful career with the Department of Defense.
He spent his formative climbing years on the immaculate sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau, but moved to New Hampshire in 2015 for a change of scenery. Since then he has spent innumerable days deciphering Rumney schist, eventually climbing 5.14. He is a self-described jack-of-all-trades and looks forward to implementing those skills to help the new AAC Rumney Campground reach its potential. Will lives at the campground with his wife, Michele, and 3 dogs. They have traveled all over the world, and hope to continue seeing new places.
Will climbs when it’s warm enough, and goes skiing when it’s not.
Rachel Goldman eats rock for breakfast. She started climbing over a decade ago in the Red River Gorge, and just can’t get enough; clipping bolts, placing widgets and pebble wrestling. After spending the past 3 winters in Hueco she’s now addicted to desert bouldering and the Hueco winter scene.
When she’s not out scrambling, Rachel can be found creating beautiful henna body art and works on canvas-you can see her work at instagram.com/bellahenna.
Rachel is psyched to be a part of preserving access and serving the climbing community in Hueco Tanks.