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A competitive swimmer for over 12 years, she did not have “land sports” in her early repertoire of physical activity. Swimming on the Varsity high school boys’ team all 4 years, she often made guys twice her size cry when they underestimated her speed and were left in her wake. She has maintained the record at SUNY Cortland for Women’s Deadlifting for over 10 years.
Valerie enjoys daily long drives, her 2 cats, and playing tennis (shh!), in addition to chasing after her young son and taking in the sights of the northern Hudson Valley. She also loves and can’t live without Burts Bees lip balm and Seinfeld re-runs. [ X ]
Claire’s travels to international competitions opened her eyes to community and cultural growth, inspiring Claire to study Cultural Anthropology and Asian Studies at Tulane University. True to Claire’s passionate nature, studying other cultures just wasn’t enough. Claire went to Vietnam to work as an Operations Manager for an eco-adventure tour company specializing in rock climbing. In the one year that Claire lived in Vietnam, she taught herself colloquial Vietnamese, negotiated deals with local businessmen, and took pro climbers to deep-water solo in precarious locations. Claire learned how to run a business in a foreign nation and brought that experience back here- where she finds herself back in the gym she grew up in.
A climber for life and an advocate for community safe spaces, Claire has made it her mission to protect and grow The Rock Club’s community. As you may have already witnessed, Claire has begun to integrate arts into the gym. She hosted The Rock Club’s first art show and plans to host many more! If you see Claire, ask her how to say, “I am strong” in Vietnamese or about that time she climbed alongside water buffalo! [ X ]
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After finishing up her education in New York, Berlin, and Paris, she jumped into a career in public relations, marketing, information technology, and graphic design for a major not-for-profit organization in New York City. After several years of daily commutes to the noisy hustle and bustle of NYC, however, it was time for a change: Tina is now Administrative Manager for Pine Brook Fitness, home of The Rock Club, The New Rochelle Racquet Club and The Studios.
This was a perfect fit since climbing is her passion (rediscovered about 4 years ago when her brother gave her a climbing session as a gift), and she is diligently working at improving her skills and strength. Her most memorable moment on a high outdoor granite wall was looking down at the distant woods and lakes and watching the vultures gliding by below her vantage point. Tina’s favorite non-climbing activity is chasing the birds during spring and fall migration, aiming to get good photographs. She likes reading science-based books, coffee with condensed milk, and sounds of all kinds as she sees them in color, shape and motion. [ X ]
Paul has been climbing for over four years and became hooked as soon as he set foot in TRC. He is a lover of the outdoors, enjoys traveling, cooking, playing his guitar and drums, and investing in the stock market. One of his life long goals is to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety, ME to GA, all 2200 miles of it. He says Yosemite National Park is his favorite place on planet earth (check out the valley in his pic). When he’s not at the club, you can find him exercising, reading, teaching music lessons, and taking care of his eight year old american bombay cat, Lucy. [ X ]
Her motto is do what you love – love what you do and you’ll find her doing just that as Team Rock’s Virtual Coach where she’s building world-class climbers and even better people. Team Rock recently ranked 2nd in the Nation and has seen athletes compete at the World Championships (exciting is an understatement!). This is East Coast climbers wrestling plastic with the best in the country! How does she stay motivated day in day out, year after year? “It’s about cultivating a love of climbing, a passionate desire to learn, a culture of try hard effort, and above all having fun and enjoying doing it. Who needs to be motivated when you have that?! I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to build a community and a family of climbers at TRC. Working with these athletes and our coaching team fills me up.”
When she’s not coaching, she’s still coaching or at least thinking about coaching. Since 2012, Meghan has coached the Youth US National Climbing Team where she’s taken Team USA to points all over the world. We’re talking China, Austria, Italy … Stateside, Meghan also serves as the Chair of the USA Climbing Coaching Committee where she’s dedicated to helping coaches gain experience and use valuable tools to be better coaches and to hopefully put the US in a position to see gold at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Rando facts – Meghan’s been climbing since 14, was a vegetarian for 15 years, started Crux: www.climbcrux.org (nyc’s LGBT climbing group), played soccer for Fordham University (was a goalie – now you know she’s crazy!), lived #vanlife circa 2006 before it was cool (Send the States was written up in Urban Climber Magazine back in the day), and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch her on the wall – she’ll likely be off-the-couch in jeans making some guttural tryhard noises as she puts down a crazy techy proj. Meghan is a wee bit competitive, a terrible hoola hooper, and still can’t do a handstand. And the girl she’s adventuring with isn’t her sister! She’s her partner in crime and soon-to-be wife Liz. [ X ]
His favorite climbing moment was when he took his first whipper down in Kentucky RRG. A “whipper” is defined as an especially long or hard fall. He went at least 20 ft before he stopped. The moment his hand slipped off the wall, he felt free. It was just him and nothing else, he just was.
If he could choose a super power, he would be “Multiple Man.” This hero has the ability to make as many copies of himself as he wanted, and then be able to gain the copies’ experiences when they are reabsorbed back to his original form. He is constantly searching for truth and knowledge. Xavier’s favorite non-climbing activity is definitely singing. He loves music in general and he’s always singing, always. [ X ]
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On her own time at TRC, she enjoys doing flips and stretches in the on the springy blue mats. Pull ups are not her favorite but are necessary for climbing, and she is working on a new record. Out of anything in life, food is a favorite and a must. Good food brings good energy into climbing! Whether on the wall or on the floor, she likes to annoy everyone with her singing. [ X ]
Of course, as much as he likes climbing, he does have a life outside of TRC (we think). At home, Conor loves hanging out with friends, writing fantasy novels, and playing video games. Outside, you can either find him hiking a mountain somewhere or in the city with some friends solving puzzles in an escape room. He’s also known to be looking for his next adventure, whether it be camping somewhere in New York or flying to another country. But of course, as much as he loves to be out he’s always happy to come home to his friends, family, and TRC. [ X ]
Born and raised in the heart of New York City, he now lives in the suburbs of CT with his family; which includes a lovely wife who doesn’t climb, a son and daughter who do (intermittently), and a beagle dog who watches the house in their absence.
The first time Pierre climbed at The Gunks, he remembers being perched on a small ledge along with his leader while every single climbing horror story he’d ever heard ran through his mind. He had to make a conscious decision right then and there as to whether he would bail and would just be a boulderer and stay safely close to the ground from then on, or work up the nerve to continue upwards. He chose ‘up’ and hasn’t looked back since, although he does recommend looking down quite often to find the next foothold. [ X ]