Director of Finance & Business Development
To provide the best climbing and fitness experience possible.
The idea for ASCEND Pittsburgh was hatched over five years ago when we recognized that Pittsburgh’s climbing community needed a place to call home. After tremendous effort and collaboration, we couldn’t be prouder to share our first location with you all. ASCEND’s South Side location will be among the top bouldering facilities in the world in terms of size, quality, amenities, and community-driven programming. ASCEND is a climbing gym run by passionate climbers who are deeply rooted in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s climbing community. The values we live by are simple: We are approachable and authentic, we respect our community, we strive for excellence, we are dedicated to safety, and we love to have fun! We look forward to meeting you all!
We strive to provide the best climbing and fitness experience for our customers. From excellent equipment to knowledgeable staff, our gym will be a top-notch operation. The space will be one that fosters community and belonging, by being more than just a climbing gym: it’s a “third place” where customers can feel just as comfortable as they do at their workplace and their home, and where our customers want to simply be.
As a group of climbers that decided to start a gym, our values reflect a down-to-earth and authentic quality. Our gym is an extension of our love of a good day of climbing with a group of our closest friends that ends with storytelling around a campfire.
We are committed to an active lifestyle. We realize that all around fitness is key to climbing well, which is why we nurture activities like yoga, cross-training, and cardio, and promote smart nutrition and ample rest within our gym and community.
Our business will not just be run to make a profit, but to also be a benefit to its employees, members, the immediate neighborhood, and the region. We will seek to create a sustainable business model, focused on longevity and capable of growing morally and responsibly.
We see ourselves as part of a larger climbing ecosystem within the communities of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and America. We take our roles as climbing ambassadors very seriously, and we support causes that affect our sport such as land access, environmental stewardship, local legislation, and human-rights.
We understand that ASCEND isn’t able to provide everything for everyone. That’s not a problem though, because we have some pretty awesome friends.
- Southwestern Pennsylvania Climbers Coalition
Promoting responsible development and preservation of climbing and bouldering in southwestern Pennsylvania.
- Explorers Club of Pittsburgh
Members participate in activities as diverse as mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, caving, cycling, backpacking, environmental and community service projects, and a host of outdoor sports.
- Venture Outdoors
A member-supported local non-profit organization working to make it easy for you to get outside.
With a focus on Advocacy, Education, and Community, Bike Pittsburgh is transforming our streets and communities into vibrant, healthy places by making them safe and accessible for people to bike and walk.
Your guide to sweat spots, healthy eats, and upcoming races in Pittsburgh.
- Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group
Pittsburgh-based volunteer search and rescue team that specializes in lost and missing person searches, cave rescue, and high-angle rope rescue
Preserve and promotes access to climbing areas, and to conserve climbing resources in the New River Gorge and surrounding areas.
- Climbing Wall Association
Supports the growth, health, independence and professionalism of the climbing wall industry.
- Climbing Business Journal
An independent news outlet dedicated to covering the indoor climbing industry.
- Access Fund
Threats to our climbing areas come in many forms—and we must act quickly and nimbly to protect them.
- The American Alpine Club
A united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes.
- American Mountain Guides Association
To inspire and support a culture of American mountain craft.
World leader in climbing wall design and manufacturing.
The climbing gym bouldering flooring of choice.
- National Ski Patrol
The gold standard in mountain safety and rescue since 1938.