Eddie currently serves as the American Alpine Club’s National Volunteer Program Senior Manager, previously working as their Northwest Regional Manager. Prior to the AAC he was the brand manager at Feathered Friends, and coordinated Outdoor Recreation programs for the YMCA. He’s passionate about climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and trail running around the northwest.
Ashley SipleBoard President
Kelly is a partner at Corr Cronin LLP in Seattle and has authored two published guidebooks to nationally-recognized rock climbing areas in Washington: Central Washington Bouldering and Leavenworth Bouldering.
I’m a full time photographer, climber, skier, enduro rider, musician, and my family’s biggest fan. I’ve been climbing for almost 30 years and working in the outdoor industry since the early ’90s. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to America with my mother when I was very young. I was the only one of 4 siblings that made the journey, first to a refugee camp in Malaysia, and finally to the US. My mother and I are working on an autobiography and hope to share our story one day.
Born in an ancient pueblo ringed by mountains in southern Arizona, it is no wonder that Gabe has a strong connection to and understanding of the rock he climbs. His Mexican/Yaqui family roots in Tucson run centuries deep (leading to a family saying that “we never crossed the border, the border crossed us”). Gabe’s familial and cultural roots have provided him with a strong sense of identity, respect for his natural surroundings, and an appreciation of those who share his passion. On his parents advice, he left his beloved desert mountain ranges for the Cascades. His years as a graduate student at the University of Washington saw Gabe’s interest in climbing blossom into a full-blown obsession.
Gabe can be found continuing his family traditions as he passes along his knowledge, wisdom, and climbing skills to his enthusiastic kids. As often as possible, this small band of climbers throw themselves into this great wilderness that surrounds us in search of the perfect boulder problems to tackle individually, with the support of all.
Melissa RobertsonCentral WA Climbers
Melissa Robertson, originally from Tennessee, has been working as the Climbing Wall and Challenge Course Coordinator and adjunct faculty for Central Washington University since 2014. She has been climbing recreationally since 2001 and working for the climbing industry since 2005. She served as the Assistant Director of the Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Program at UPENN, Associate Director of Rivers Way Outdoor Adventure Center, climbing instructor for Adventure Treks, graduate assistant for the Outdoor Program at Appalachian State, climbing coach at Lees McRae College, and climbing gym manager at ETSU. Her favorite places to climb are Greece, Thailand, Laos, Italy, and over course- Washington!
Scott UnderwoodOlympic Peninsula Climbers, WARP
I am an RN based in Port Angeles, WA, and lead the Olympic Peninsula Climbers chapter as well as Washington Anchor Replacement Project. I serve on the board for the community: at our best, the climbing community supports one another and helps each other to not only become better climbers but also better people. I love being a part of that. I tend to gravitate toward places more off the beaten path and spend most of my time climbing in those places. The Tieton, Elwha River, Tyler Peak, Baker crags are all favorite places and have had big influences on my development as a climber.
My family was always very into the outdoors, camping hiking, backpacking, fishing, etc. In 1980 I began climbing with my father. He gave me some great advice at some point, he said “figure out what you like to do in life and then figure out how to make a living doing it”. Good advice. I started working in the Outdoor Industry at the Swallows’ Nest in Seattle in 1983. There were a few various jobs after that with Sundog, The North Face and The Vertical World. In 1993 I started my sales career with Petzl. I don’t really have any spare time because I fill what time I have with parenting, hiking, skiing, biking, listening to and playing music, gardening, etc.
John is a climber living in Seattle. He loves chasing the sunshine and hard boulder problems on the Westside with his wife and son. He is the Organizing Director for Outdoor Alliance and helps climbers, paddlers, mountain bikers, and backcountry skiers protect the places they love. Previously, John led organizing, advocacy, and communications campaigns centered on national security issues and before that lived in his car and climbed full time at the New River Gorge. John was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, the healthy home to Krispy Kreme donuts and half the cigarettes you’ve ever heard of.
Jonah HarrisonAdvisory, General Counsel
Joe SambataroAdvisory, Access Fund
Joe serves as an advisory member for WCC and has worked for Access Fund since 2009, heading up the national land acquisition and protection program. Since 2014, Joe has served as Access Fund Northwest Regional Director, supporting local climbing organizations, stewardship projects, and climbing advocacy. He closely partners with WCC on the implementation of the Washington Climbing Conservation Initiative each year.