Joel has been climbing for 8 years. His favorite climb in Newfoundland is Into The Deep at Marine Lab, but outside the province his favorite is Space Monkey in Squamish.
His goal with the ACC is to empower local members of the community by adding more club trip leaders, and to give exposure to Newfoundland climbing through events and media. He also wants to expand on last years’ Flatbloc Fest, adding more climbs and having people from out of province participate!
His other hobbies include video games, cycling (in the summer), and Netflix binging.
Aaron was born and raised in the small town of Pictou, Nova Scotia He started climbing in August 2010 after being challenged to try it by his boss, since then he’s had the privilege to travel and climb a few different places, the most memorable being the Chief in Squamish.
The thing Aaron loves most about climbing is the community, so getting involved with the ACC is his way to give back to it. He hopes to instill that same sense in other people, but also believes using the discussions, events, and other activities will improve the community.
In his down time he likes to spend time with his girlfriend and play video games.
Anthea is from St. Philips, Newfoundland and Labrador, and still lives there because she loves being next to the ocean. She started climbing in 2011, and came on board with the Just For Women’s course. It was love at first send! She spent the next two years practically climbing daily and met a lot of amazing people, including her best friend. She then had to move away for work for a couple years, and have recently been back climbing full-time. She’s had quite a good few climbing memories, but her favorite was down in California on a boulder when she reached up for a hold and grabbed onto a lizard – she did not send that problem! Sending Hysteria (5.10c) on lead first try was pretty sweet too.
Anthea is pretty excited to be a part of ACC and thinks there is a lot of potential to expand the outdoor climbing community and to get more people involved. She wants to help make new ideas a reality and to help our community grow with a variety of activities and events. She thinks learning about and participating in outdoor activities is essential, and helps cultivate an overall respect for the natural environment and our planet as a whole.
Some other activities she dabbles in are yoga, travel, and hiking.
Sheridan is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He only started climbing 2 years ago but has been in Wallnuts or outside multiple times a week since. Hi most memorable climb is his first time climbing Flatrock Mainface last year with the ACC.
As part of the ACC he would like to see the section be more accessible to new climbers and have more events to show them the developed areas around Newfoundland. The bouldering and top rope trips he went on motivated him to work towards climbing better and stronger. They also introduced him to more experienced climbers and like-minded new climbers, both which help and push him towards that goal.
His other activities include pub trivia, Ultimate Frisbee, and pretending to be artistic (film, photography, and drawing).
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Zoe has been climbing for just over a year and a half. Her most memorable climb is Banho Chase Music on Mandolin as it was one of her first outdoor sends and she had to really push herself mentally for the top-out.
Her goal is to make the ACCNL more accessible to new climbers (or those new to our community) so they can get involved and get stoked on outdoor climbing!
Aside from climbing, she enjoys writing, playing guitar, and video games. She is also well-known for her love of wearing hats.
Greg is from St John’s and has been climbing for 5 years with lead and ice outdoors being his preferred flavour. His most favourite climb was the Ha Ling Peak in Canmore, Alberta …but every climb at Flatrock is memorable!
Greg would like to see the Newfoundland section of the ACC grow to include back country skiing and expand to include members and events on the west coast of the island as Corner Brook and Gros Morne area is an untapped playground for rock and ice climbing and back country skiing.
Not so fun fact …his first rappel lesson was out of a helicopter.
Ben is from just outside Manchester in the UK originally, but has been living in St. John’s for 16 years. He has been climbing for about 25 years and his most memorable climb is probably Gill Direct (V4) in Flagstaff, Colorado, a fun dyno with a tall topout.
His goal for the ACC is to ensure more community engagement, and really showing the local community how accessible all of our local climbing is.
Aside from being an ACCNL Exec, he is also head routesetter at Wallnuts, and head technical coach for the NL Youth Climbing Team. When he has some free time outside those duties, he enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, either on boulders or hiking with his girlfriend and puppy.