Staff

  • Truc Allen

    Office
    Buyer

    Truc started climbing 31 years ago and started climbing at EW when it was SG back in 2008. Whenever he's asked the question about what he loves about climbing, he likes to think that he loves the process, or a specific list of climbs, but it's the places it takes him that always truly comes to mind. When Trus isn't climbing, he's either surfing, spending time with the family, working on his photography, or doing a variety of different backcountry and mountain things.

    When he first started climbing, his fear of heights was pretty intense. But over the decades, while the fear is still there, he sees it as a pretty big part of what makes the experience (would it be boring if it wasn't scary/exciting?). Focusing on breathing, believing in himself (no matter how much he may be lying to himself) and understanding/trusting the the gear he uses helps too. Truc's favorite place to climb in all of the world would be his home country of Vietnam, with a pretty close second in Fontainebleau, FR. As far as favorite sending snacks? Salami, tin can fish, or good old fashioned trail mix!

  • Nick Beauchamp

    Fitness
    Spark Sessions Fitness Instructor

    Nick obtained a Sport and Exercise Science degree from the University of Central Florida, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach.

    In Nick's own words, "My ultimate goal is to inspire the fitness industry to evolve into a more educational based format, leading to a greater understanding of performance, injury-prevention, and longevity."

  • Tod Bloxham

    Office Guide Instructor
    Owner, General Manager, IFMGA Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationInternational Federation of Mountain Guides AssociationTod Bloxham was born and raised in Washington State, spending his adolescence exploring the mountains of the North Cascades. By the age of 18 Tod had logged well over 500 miles of North Cascades trails and backcountry and had hiked 2,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, becoming the youngest solo through-hiker to travel the entire PCT from Canada to Mexico. As a climber, Tod has been climbing and skiing the backcountry since 1991, logging hundreds of ascents of rock, ice and ski routes in North America and abroad.

    Life in the outdoors and work must coexist for Tod; professionally, Tod has been guiding since 1999, is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, and as the owner of Edgeworks Climbing, Tod is either helping his beautiful wife show the wonders of the outdoors to their two girls, sharpening his skills on the alpine and trad climbs he pursues, or helping people discover that the outdoors and climbing can be a lifelong pursuit that is inspiring and invigorating.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
    AMGA Alpine Guide
    AMGA Ski Guide
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Rock Instructor
    Wilderness First Responder
    AIARE L1/L2 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L3 Avalanche Forecaster

  • Nate Clark

    Office
    Assistant Operations Manager

    Nate grew up in Connecticut, but didn't discover climbing until 25, when he was a grad student at UC Santa Cruz. He quickly fell in love with the problem solving and physicality of climbing, and when he and his wife moved to Washington in 2014, he started working in the gym a few months later.

    Besides climbing, he loves dogs, cycling, backpacking, and cooking for friends and family.

  • Jess Feeman

    Office Instructor
    Youth Programs Manager

    Jess discovered her passion for climbing through youth summer camps in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. This led her to compete on Planet Granite Climbing Team in the Bay Area throughout high school. After moving to Seattle to study neuroscience at University of Washington, she began exploring the Pacific Northwest. She joined Husky Winter Sports, a UW nonprofit, where she taught snowboard lessons every winter, stoking her interest in outdoor education. A love of teaching, climbing, and the outdoors ultimately led her to a job at Stone Gardens.

    Away from the gym, Jess can be found hitting the slopes in winter months, backpacking and climbing in summer months, and playing local shows with her band year round.

  • Lily Fisher

    Fitness
    Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer

    Lily Fisher is a long time coach and climber who's worked in the Seattle gym since 2014. She has extensive experience teaching climbing technique and helping people learn to train in our Technique Series and Dawn Patrol classes. She loves learning about the science of training, which lead her to become a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Now she's pursuing a specialization in corrective exercise to enhance her professional development. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, climbing, foraging for mushrooms, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

    Lily aims to create an encouraging and welcoming environment for people of all abilities to learn and grow in their climbing journey and discover the joy of training!

  • Mike Fong

    Office
    Operations Manager

    Mike came to Edgeworks through Stone Gardens Seattle in 2016 where he quickly found his home away from home. He first transitioned to the vertical life over six years ago in Rhode Island and has pursued this passion ever since. Climbing has given Mike a sense of community, identity, and empowerment and this has motivated him to create and support truly inclusive climbing spaces for others. When not pulling on plastic, Mike can be found falling off the real stuff at his favorite bouldering locations which include Squamish, Leavenworth, and Joe’s Valley.

    Outside of climbing, Mike has spent time as an oceanographer, outreach educator, and pie baker. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, but is always eager learn something new. On his rest days, Mike may be found playing video games, on a backpacking trip, sipping a boba drink, or simply jamming out to the most guilt-inducing, Top 40 hits.

  • Kurt Hicks

    Office Guide Instructor
    Director of Climbing School + Guiding, IFMGA Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationInternational Federation of Mountain Guides AssociationKurt grew up in Oregon, started backpacking at age four, and began climbing when he was eight. Since then, he has climbed, skied, and guided throughout the Cascades, Alaska Range, Sierra, Rockies, and the mountains of New England, Canada, Norway, and the Alps. He loves exploring and putting up new routes the Cascades in all seasons.

    Kurt is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and has been guiding since 2003. He is an instructor for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and has served on their Board of Directors. Kurt has also worked as a climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. He founded the Washington Anchor Replacement Project, which replaces aging climbing hardware across the state. Kurt is the author of the climbing guidebook Snoqualmie Rock and a co-author of Backcountry Skiing: Washington.

    Kurt loves helping people along their own paths in their outdoor adventures. Whether it’s sharing key beta, technical skills, or teaching his children how to ski, he loves seeing people expand their skill sets, gain self-confidence, and have fun in the outdoors.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
    AMGA Alpine Guide
    AMGA Ski Guide
    AMGA Rock Guide
    Wilderness EMT
    AIARE L1/L2 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L3 Avalanche Forecaster
    Leave No Trace Master Educator

  • Christian Horton

    Office
    Finance & HR Manager

    Originally from Massachusetts, Christian moved to Seattle in 1998 and has been climbing and skiing throughout the Northwest ever since. From ski descents of Mt. Rainier to long slab climbs in Darrington, he has always looked for new adventures and new places to explore. His favorite place to climb is Index.

    Christian started at Stone Gardens back in 2001 and managed the Seattle gym for the last decade before moving into his current role. He remains committed to making the gym an open space where everyone from brand new to experienced climbers can have fun, challenge themselves and learn new skills.

  • Marshall Lewis

    Front Desk
    Front Desk

    Marshall’s obsession started at the Volunteer Park water tower because it’s free! Happy, candid, and passionate are all words to describe Marshall when he is doing something climbing-related. He started climbing Washington boulders in 2012, and went on a six-week trip to Fontainebleau in 2019. He likes the staff and climbing community in the Seattle area so he’s happy to get you connected into anything on ropes or mats.

  • Liza

    Setter
    Forerunner

    Liza has been climbing since 2011. They do not like feeling scared or taking huge risks with climbing, so low ball overhangs are their favorites! This has led them to climb with a slow and controlled style that makes them look like a dancing sloth. Their favorite climbing memories are in Squamish, Red Rock Canyon, Joe’s Valley, Lincoln Lake, and Fontainebleau.

  • Michael Madison

    Office Instructor
    Team Edgeworks Head Coach

    Michael got his start 20 years ago climbing inside at North Summit Gym in Wing Gap, PA and outdoors in the Adirondacks. Since then, he has spent the past 15 years exploring the crags and peaks of Washington. He loves how climbing is a lifelong pursuit and that people of all ages can find happiness in the sport. Michael's appreciation for how climbing combines fitness and community led him to work in the climbing industry. As an instructor, route setter, and the head coach of Team Edgeworks, Michael is an Edgeworks triple threat. He especially enjoys teaching new climbers, and is CWI and SPI certified.

    In addition to his roles at Edgeworks, Michael is the hardware grant manager for the Washington Anchor Replacement Project. When he isn't updating hardware on classic Washington lines, he loves establishing new routes. While he won't say no to bouldering or sport climbing, alpine climbing is his preferred style, and his favorite crag is Black Leaf Canyon in Montana. In the rare instances when he isn't on a wall or in the mountains, Michael likes to spend his time biking, surfing, and snuggling with his dog Hank and his cat Steve. When you see Michael at the gym, let him know if you have questions about bolting!

  • Abbie Madlem

    Office
    Director of Operations

    Abbie was raised in the Puget Sound, where she was instilled with a love of the outdoors. She spent her days backpacking, snowshoeing, kayaking - you name it. She first came into contact with climbing as a kid at the pinnacle in REI. It looked super high and super scary, but she got over that fast and once on the wall she didn't want to come back down.

    When not climbing, Abbie can be found hiking, biking, crafting, finding new places to explore, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

  • Nell Rollins

    Front Desk
    Front Desk

    Nell is originally from Idaho and moved to Washington in summer 2021. She is a dancer with the Seattle dance company, Whim W'him. Although she is fairly new to climbing, Nell enjoys a good challenge and also assisting and learning from others. In less than 5 months, she was lead certified and sent a 5.10A. Nell is super excited to meet the Edgeworks community and adjust to life in Seattle!

  • Bri Ross

    Front Desk
    Front Desk

    Bri was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. They started climbing in 2017 after seeing some people climbing on the side of the road on a road trip. After a solid year of just bouldering, they were motivated to learn to top rope after getting more involved in the climbing community. The shift from bouldering to top rope led to her wanting to get more BIPOC women and non-binary humans into the gym and out at the crag. So she started a climbing group with two AAPI women; the group has consistent members and you can find them climbing in the gym when it's too cold to SUP or asking people if they want to paddleboard when it gets too hot to climb outside.

    Between sport swapping they are finishing up their Multidisciplinary Studies BA at WWU, baking way too many desserts, working with dogs (proclaimed dog nerd), birdwatching, or checking out the seasonal blooms on hikes.

  • David "Yogi" Sam

    Front Desk Route Setter
    Route Setter, Maintenance Supervisor, Front Desk Supervisor

    Yogi was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He never did a single sport activity until he joined Stone Gardens in 2015. Since then he has been grateful climbing the ranks of the industry as much as he enjoys climbing the boulders. Aside from climbing, he loves sitting on the couch playing video games.

  • Michelle Scheele

    Office
    Marketing Director

    Michelle has been involved with Edgeworks since the spark and the dream planted itself in Tod’s mind while on their honeymoon in New Zealand in 2002. After spending 10+ years working in non-profit fundraising and adding two beautiful daughters to their family (Hailey and Kayla), Michelle officially joined the Edgeworks staff in 2013.

    While you won’t often see her sending routes and pulling plastic in the gym, you will find her in yoga classes or belaying/chasing her kids up and around the wall. On weekends she can be found running around the North End, adventuring with Tod and the kids, skiing, or visiting family in Bellingham. Cooking, photography, and travel top her wish list of “hobbies”.

  • Keath Suchy

    Route Setter
    Head Route Setter

    USAC Route SetterKeath grew up in Salt Lake City, where he fell in love with climbing. He has traveled all over the world pursuing his passion of outdoor bouldering. Most notably, Fontainebleau, Frace, Rocklands, South Africa and MagicWood, Switzerland. Route setting was a natural career choice and has taken him across the country setting comps.

    When Keath isn't setting or climbing you can find him at the park with his two dogs, Tuna and Lola, working on his self-converted campervan or hanging out having a cold beer.

    Certifications:
    USAC Level 3 Route Setter
  • Pepy Tseng

    Office
    Gym Marketing Coordinator

    Pepy was born in Taiwan and raised in Chile, South America. She began bouldering at a local gym in college, and eventually started working there.

    Pepy has climbed all over the US over the past 6 years, and her favorite destinations so far are Squamish & Lower Chaos Canyon in RMNP. Since moving to Seattle 4 years ago, she has been climbing and working at Stone Gardens as a Junior program instructor, Front desk staff, and Route Stripping staff; but most recently her love of photography, filming, graphic design, and the climbing community has led to her most recent role as the Social Media Lead for Seattle.

    When not climbing, Pepy can be found skiing, hiking, running, or cooking with her husband and friends.

  • Teresa Wang

    Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor

    Teresa is a huge fan of squirrels, jello, pinecones, open-toed shoes, ice cream, recreational grocery shopping, bike commuting, corn nuts, true crime docuseries, Cool Whip, dog parks, public transportation, frozen yogurt, climbing and running!

  • Justin Wright

    Office Setter
    Director of Route Setting

    USAC Route Setter Justin began his routesetting journey back in his home state of Massachusetts in 2008. Fast forward 14 years: His passion for climbing evolved into a career. He is a level 4 USAC certified routesetter that has developed routesetting teams across the country and set at high-level climbing competitions all over the US.

    His focus over the last few years has revolved around the professionalization of route setting and the creation of mentorship and education programs. He strives to constantly push the bounds of commercial and competition style routesetting to expose climbing communities to new styles of movement.

    When Justin isn’t setting or climbing, you’ll find him behind the lens of a camera or kiteboarding in the wind.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    USAC Level 4 Route Setter