"Train here, Explore there"!  She likes climbing outside in the rain, Chicken Salad Chick cookies, and telling her son to stop hitting people.  All natural climber - no chalk zone.  

~Bio written by Aaron Whittaker

Director of Climbing and Fitness

Valerie Ulrich

Possibly in May! Be ready climbers! #roc

Visited the gym more times than anyone before he was hired.  A world record dead lift champion and pretty decent football player.  We like keeping this guy around, but good luck getting him to smile at your jokes.

~Bio written by Carrie Machen

Routesetting Team

Quinn Morrison

25+ years of climbing with a couple spent in MMA.  The only man that could choke you out, set a V14 and flash it all under 30 seconds.  This Mexican food crusher loves all things furry.

~Bio written by Dillon Machen

Favorite Guest Routesetter

Eric Gifford


Gadsden's only Alpaca athlete!  If you are looking for a mediocre tennis player, look no further my friend.  Don't ask him to smile or you'll regret it.

~Bio written by Eric Johnson

Routesetting Team

Micah Prickett


Question mark??  Been to more concerts than the Rolling Stones have played.  5.0 GPA #ivyleagueonly.  My dogs are way cuter than yours!  Scissors win every time.

~Bio written by Eric Johnson

Front Desk Associate, Party Host

Chloe Ledford


He is slightly obsessed with his FJ, monthly tattoos, and beating people in Words with Friends.  What his hair looks like is a mystery because you will always find him in a hat.

~Bio written by Maggie Grizzard

Front Desk Associate, Instructor, Comedian

Eric Johnson


Dubbed our "best climber with the biggest ego."  From his startup hold business to consistently losing the golf cart keys (aw nuts :/ ), there's never a dull moment with Dillon.

~Bio written by Chloe Ledford


Dillon Machen


He has probably climbed longer than you've been alive.  Beta?  Who needs it, when you're fueled by his wife's chicken salad.  All around good guy, even better climber.

~Bio written by Eric Johnson

Routesetter, Coach

Josh Reyes

Jay Watson is a world class competitor, one of many locals who helped Horse Pens 40 get started in bouldering and is obviously one of the best boulderers in the world.  

~Bio written by Mike Shultz circa 2008

Ambassador, Routesetter

Jay Watson


Stacey has been riding paddle boards for 5 years and is most popular for his SUP & SIP tour.  As a guide he will help you find your center while on the water.  In addition to paddling, he is an avid mountain biker and hunter. 

~Bio written by Kate Wilson

SUP Guide

Stacey Coker


A RYT 200 yoga teacher and dance instructor.  This is her second season guiding SUP tours.  Not widely known, she used to carry Tabasco in her purse.  She loves the spiciest things!

~Bio written by Carrie Machen

SUP Yoga Guide

Krystin Baird

Devoted wife and mom of 2, Co-owner of GadRock.  You will often find her coaching a fitness class or running like a gazelle around Gadsden training for her next race like the energizer bunny sporting a huge smile on her face.

~Bio written by Valerie Ulrich

Owner, Group Fitness Instructor, Financial Director

Kate Wilson

Professional life juggler, dream pursuer, knee abuser and beer connoisseur with a contagious laugh!  She opened a climbing gym to support her Mexican food addiction with the side benefit of changing the community.  Tacos for life!

~Bio written by Josh Reyes

Owner, SUP Guide, Coach, Director of all things awesome

Carrie Machen

1403 Rainbow Drive Gadsden AL United States 35901

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