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 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 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.
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 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.
Rick has lived in western North Carolina for his entire life and became immersed in the climbing culture just after beginning college under the tutelage of trad guru Dave Benner and then from Dee Thomas at Lees-McRae. Climbing is certainly a passion but ecology is a contender for second place. Rick earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk and will complete his Master’s Degree in Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University in Fall 2015.
Climbing has taken Rick all over the east coast, from the Linville Gorge all the way up to North Conway. He began his climbing career as a traditional climber honing his skills at Table Rock and Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge, and then moved on to bouldering and developing new bouldering areas throughout western NC. Rick strives to be a climber’s climber with a wide array of skills, sport-climbing 5.12c to climbing hard ice routes in the white mountains of New Hampshire. Guiding has allowed him to open doors that otherwise might have remained closed, as he completed his Base Managed Climbing Instructor Certification in spring 2014 and Single Pitch Climbing Instructor in spring 2015. Rick is certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) through Wilderness Medicine Institute.
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 completed his Base Managed Climbing Instructor course with the Professional Climbing Instructors Association and Top Managed Climbing Instructor course in 2015. Above all else, Cameron enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with others.
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 Collegiate Climbing Series. 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 Friction Labs Chalk. 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 tower circumnavigation time. Before joining Rock Dimensions, Carter worked for 3 summers as a camp counselor and area director at Camp Raven Knob. He has been working at Rock Dimensions since spring 2013. Carter is PCIA certified for both Base Managed and Top Managed Climbing Instruction and is certified in American Red Cross CPR, AED, and Wilderness First Aid. As an Eagle Scout, Carter enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors and for climbing every chance he gets. Carter is a student member of the following professional organizations: AEE, ACCT, NRPA, and NCRPA. Carter is currently a student at Appalachian State University, studying Spanish and Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education.
Drew grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he developed a passion for the outdoors through activities like camping, paddling, and climbing. Drew moved to Boone in 2013 to attend school at Appalachian State University where he chose to major in Recreation Management and to focus on outdoor experiential education. Drew will be graduating in December of 2015. Drew has been a climber for a year and a half, and has found bouldering and sport climbing to be his favorite types of climbing. His first outdoor climbing experience was on an Outward Bound course where he climbed a multi-pitch route on Table Rock at Linville Gorge. Since that experience he has been honing his skills as a rock climber and instructor. Drew holds the AMGA climbing wall instructor certification as well as the PCIA Based Managed Climbing Instructor certification. He is also a Wilderness First Responder through WMI.
Matt first got interested in climbing through the climbing gym at Appalachian State University. What started out as just a way to hang out with friends quickly grew into an activity he couldn’t do without. As his climbing experience and interest in the sport grew, Matt took a PCIA Base Managed course in the Fall of 2014 through ASU to learn more about safe outdoor climbing. While Matt’s first outdoor climbing experiences were bouldering at Blowing Rock Boulders, he has since climbed at areas around Boone such as The Dump, Little Wilson, Grandmother Boulders, Ship Rock, and Table Rock. On a road trip in the summer of 2014 Matt had the awesome opportunity to climb in Colorado, an experience that is still imprinted in his mind. Although he can’t wait to travel again to the Western U.S., Matt loves the mountains of North Carolina where he lives. Matt currently chooses mostly sport climbing and bouldering, though he is starting to increase his skills in traditional climbing and can’t wait for the opened opportunities that will provide him. Matt graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Music.
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.