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Professional Adventure Guides and Certified PCIA Instructors

All of our staff are highly trained and certified instructors. They are climbers with a passion for the sport, who enjoy introducing others to rock climbing. Our instructors maintain a high level of professionalism and attention to safety, while remaining personable and approachable to clients.  You will always experience a fantastic time while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Ryan Beasley

PCIA Lead Climbing Instructor/ PCIA Instructor Trainer

Ryan

Ryan

Ryan Beasley is owner and head guide at Rock Dimensions. He began climbing in North Carolina in the mid 1980′s, and during that time has put up a number of first ascents in the state. Ryan has pursued his passion extensively in the southeastern U.S., and has also traveled throughout the western states to experience new areas and for further adventure in the form of big wall climbing in Yosemite and Zion National Parks. Ryan completed the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Rock Instructor Course in 1999. From 2000-2010 he maintained  AMGA Top-rope certification, and AMGA Single Pitch since 2007.  Currently Ryan is an Instructor Trainer with the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA). He is a certified Wilderness First Responder through SOLO. Ryan began working in the challenge course industry with Challenge Towers (division of Blue Ridge Learning Centers) in 2000. He has traveled throughout the states building, inspecting, and facilitating trainings on high ropes/challenge courses, climbing towers, and ziplines with Challenge Towers. Ryan’s professional experience prior to Rock Dimensions includes instructing with the North Carolina Outward Bound School, the former Charlotte Climbing Center, UNC-Charlotte, Davidson College, and the Mecklenburg and Piedmont Councils, BSA. Ryan graduated from Appalachian State University with a Degree in Recreation Management (1993).

Jenny Allen

Assistant Director / PCIA Base Managed Climbing Instructor

Jenny

Jenny

Jenny Allen was first introduced to climbing in 1995 on The Great Arch (5.5) of Stone Mountain, NC. Since then she has had the opportunity to climb in some of the most spectacular and classic areas in the U.S. – from the Red River Gorge, New River Gorge and Seneca Rocks of the East Coast, to western destinations such as Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Hueco Tanks, and areas in Colorado and Wyoming. Part of the attraction to climbing is the adventure of traveling to new places. Two of Jenny’s most memorable travel “high-lights” include trekking on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Cotopaxi in Ecuador. Jenny has been working for Rock Dimensions in various roles since its beginning. Prior to her full time involvement with Rock Dimensions, Jenny also worked with the experiential education company Blue Ridge Learning Centers, Inc., based out of Todd, NC. Before Jenny’s arrival in the High Country, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle School Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and enthusiastically taught middle school in the NC public school system for six years. Jenny is a certified Base Managed Climbing Instructor with the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) and is a certified Wilderness First Responder through SOLO.

Evan (aka Big Country) Snipes

PCIA Single Pitch/Lead Climbing Instructor

Evan

Evan

Evan was born and raised right next door to Boone in the neighboring Avery Country, where he was taught to rock climb at the young age of 12 by his father Al Snipes who instilled “old school” traditional NC ethics in him. It was not until after high school that he realized his true passion for the outdoors and rock climbing, and began to indulge extensively in the sport. Evan practically made Grandfather Mountain his home for a few years, climbing almost exclusively around the Blue Ridge Parkway at Ship Rock and all over the 221 circuit. Then he branched out and discovered other places in North Carolina such as Rumbling Bald, as well as his soon to be favorite place the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, WV where he visits as often as possible. Evan graduated from Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program in May 2008 with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education and a minor in Psychology. At ASU he has been a part of classes concentrating on ropes course and climbing site facilitation, as well as Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED certification. In May 2008 Evan earned certification through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) as a Top Managed Climbing Instructor, and added Single Pitch/Lead Instructor to his certification in October 2008. Evan is primarily a traditional climber who will occasionally indulge in some sport climbing or bouldering. His accomplishments include traditional routes up to 5.11a, sport routes 5.11c, and V6 bouldering.

Daniel Shope

PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor

Daniel

Daniel

Daniel first experienced rock climbing at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2004. In 2006 he came to Appalachian State University and became immersed in the climbing culture he found in Boone. His first climbing endeavors here were on the boulders of Grandmother Mountain, where he found the forest and small steep rocks to be more of a home than the small apartment he was bound to for school. In the following years Daniel learned the craft of traditional climbing and began climbing often at Moore’s Wall in the Piedmont and at Table Rock in the Linville Gorge. In 2008 he took his first guiding certification course through Rock Dimensions to become a PCIA Base Managed Instructor. After a brief internship with North Carolina Outward Bound in 2009 Daniel began work for Rock Dimensions in the fall and has been here ever since. In December of 2009 he graduated from Appalachian State University with a Degree in Recreation Management and a minor in Psychology. Daniel now practices traditional climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, and ice climbing all around North Carolina and has established a small number of routes around the Boone area. He is a Wilderness First Responder through WMI and is currently a PCIA Single Pitch Instructor. Daniel is always working to hone his skills as a climber and instructor to attain higher levels of certification and be the best guide he can be. Clients in the past have described Daniel as a patient and caring person who works well with new climbers of all age ranges. “Climbing to me is not only a form of exercise and adventure; but a way of life. It is a way to find peace in the chaos of our modern society; even if just for a few moments while moving from one hold to the next. I really love watching other people and myself grow in a positive way through climbing and I feel that everyone should have a safe environment to learn about climbing.”

Jacob Crigler

PCIA Base Managed Climbing Instructor

Jacob

Jacob

Jacob started his climbing career in the fall 2008 when he first moved to Boone from his hometown of Radford, VA to attend Appalachian State University. The following spring he joined a study abroad expedition to New Zealand and discovered a passion for guiding and instructing people in outdoor activities. Jacob began studying Recreation Management at ASU and his climbing career took off. Since the spring of 2010 he has climbed all over the country and beyond including places like the Rocky Mountains of Colorado; the granite walls of Squamish, British Columbia; huge limestone cliffs in the desert of Mexico; as well as many excellent local areas such as the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and the New River Gorge in West Virginia. He completed his internship with Rock Dimensions in the summer of 2011, graduating from ASU with a B.S. in Recreation Management. Jacob has continued guiding for Rock Dimensions as well as working alongside former professors of the Recreation Management department to help instruct climbing and other outdoor classes. He spent the summer of 2012 in the Pacific Northwest leading youth on climbing and backpacking excursions. Jacob’s favorite types of climbing are long moderate multi-pitch climbing and steep strenuous sport climbing. Jacob is a certified Base Managed Climbing Instructor through the PCIA and a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Paul Martin

PCIA Base Managed Climbing Instructor

Paul

  Paul grew up in High Point, North Carolina where he became passionate about the outdoors     through family backpacking trips and Boy Scouts. In 2002, he fell in love with Boone after coming up for a college visit and enrolled at Appalachian State University. During his undergraduate studies, he took an introductory rock climbing class and began climbing outside with friends soon thereafter. Having climbed for a few years, Paul took his PCIA Base-Managed Course with Rock Dimensions to expand his climbing skills.

Paul started his climbing career bouldering around Grayson Highlands and sport climbing around Boone. Over the past few years, he has taken up traditional multi-pitch rock climbing in Linville Gorge and ice climbing in Doughton Park. In the fall of 2012, Paul traveled to Yosemite Valley with friends, and returned in October of 2013 to make attempts on Yosemite’s iconic big walls.

Michael Morley

PCIA Top Managed Climbing Instructor

Mike

Michael has been an avid climber and outdoor enthusiast ever since he can remember; climbing trees, catching fish and anything else that swam, crawled, ran or slithered. He began his formal climbing and backpacking at the age of 18 when he became involved with outdoor clubs at his university. Michael completed his PCIA Top Managed Climbing Instructor certification in May 2013.  Prior to this Michael held the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification, and plans to complete the AMGA Rock Guide Course in May 2014. Michael has learned a great deal about teaching and climbing conservancy from these organizations. Climbing and wilderness has offered a sanctuary for Michael where he could retreat after a busy week to the sounds of nature and the silence of focus while climbing high above the ground. Michael is still a believer in the power of the wilderness and travels extensively for outdoor pursuits. Travels more recently have taken him to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the beach cliffs of Thailand, and over 20 states pursuing climbing, backpacking, mountain bike riding, alpine skiing and mountaineering.

Cameron Cassan

PCIA Base Managed Climbing Instructor

Cameron

Cameron

Cameron began climbing at the young age of 10 when he joined the Atlanta Rocks Youth Team. His mentors were Daniel Luke who currently owns the nation’s largest climbing gym and Chelsea Rude who now coaches the youth national competition team each year. Under their supervision, he was exposed to a variety of deep south sport crags. Eventually, Cameron gave up indoor competition in order to focus on climbing outside as much as possible. He has climbed extensively at the south’s most popular crags from Horse Pens 40 to the Tennessee Wall. Through first ascents, trail work and PR roles, he has helped establish new bouldering areas such as Mount Yonah in Cleveland, Georgia and Rocky Knob in Boone, North Carolina. He has completed routes up to 5.12 and a wide variety of v7 boulder problems. Cameron began his role as a climbing instructor at Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He taught top rope belay lessons daily for almost two years. Towards the end of that time, he earned a Climbing Wall Instructor certification through the American Mountaineering and Guide Association and began teaching lead climbing lessons. Today, Cameron studies at Appalachian State University where he is active in the climbing community. He is a supervisor, route setter, and lead climbing instructor at the university’s wall. In 2013 he took a course with the Professional Climbing Instructors Association in order to become a Base Managed Climbing Instructor. Above all else, Cameron enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with others.

A. Carter Smith

PCIA Top Managed Climbing Instructor

Carter

Carter


 Carter has been climbing all of his life. He began to focus his energy on training for climbing in 2010. His main disciplines  are bouldering and sport climbing. Carter’s favorite local spots include Grandmother Boulders, Blowing Rock Boulders, and Little Wilson’s. Carter enjoys competing in the American Bouldering Series and hopes to earn an invitation to nationals in spring 2014. He says that, “When I compete, I get to see a new side of climbing. I love the laidback, relaxed atmosphere of a long day at the crag, but I also love the energy and camaraderie of intense competition.” He is currently a sponsored athlete for Evolv and Thriftee Gear. Carter’s long-term goals include climbing at least v13 and 5.14b, traveling around the world, continuing to mentor younger climbers, and continuing to contribute to the climbing industry. When he is not climbing, or talking about climbing, you can find Carter going for a run, reading, eating, or working on his college applications. Before joining Rock Dimensions, Carter worked for 3 summers as a camp counselor and area director at Camp Raven Knob. He is currently PCIA certified for both Base Managed and Top Managed Climbing Instruction and is certified in American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid. As an eagle scout, Carter enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors and for climbing every chance he gets.

 

 

Justin

Justin Bowling

PCIA Assistant Base Managed Climbing Instructor

Justin is from Sanford, NC and moved to the High Country in January 2010. He got a job at Grandfather Mountain as a Back Country Ranger and continued to work there for two seasons. Justin began climbing in 2012 while enrolled in a rock climbing course through Appalachian State University. He completed the PCIA Base Managed Climbing Instructor Course that June, and spent much of the summer of 2012 assisting on climbing trips, belaying at the Footsloggers tower and guiding cave trips. The following summer, Justin completed his school internship working for a guide service in Alaska. Here he guided backpacking and hiking trips in Denali National Park and Lake Clarke National Park, as well as doing some road based tours throughout the state.  In September of 2013, Justin moved back to Boone and began working on the Ski Patrol at Sugar Mountain Resort while continuing to guide for Rock Dimensions. Justin is also an avid mountain biker and enjoys riding the trails in Boone and in the Pisgah National Forest. Justin received his Wilderness First Responder certification in May of 2013 and will be completing his EMT Basic certification in August of 2014. He is currently a student in the Recreation Management program at Appalachian State University.