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Emily Wright

Emily WrightPosition: Climbing Education Program Specialist
Background: I began climbing in my pre-teens in Portland, OR, competing for the Stoneworks Junior Climbing Team. Climbing has been a major part of my life ever since. I enjoy climbing outdoors, traveling to new climbing destinations, camping, and meeting new friends wherever I go. I completed my Masters in Geology at Central in 2009 and returned to Ellensburg in 2011 to work for the climbing wall and teach climbing PE classes.


Brenden Henesey

Brenden HenesyPosition: Climbing Program Supervisor
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Grade: Senior
Majors: Political Science, Russian Language, (Geography Minor)
Quote to live by:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


Micah Wright

Micah WrightPosition: Climbing Wall Instructor
Background: I grew up in Ellensburg staring at the mountains and dreaming of one day climbing them. I learned to climb at Frenchman’s Coulee about ten years ago. I have returned to Central to finish my Geography degree after a four year break, which I spent working seasonally, traveling and climbing. My travels have taken me all over the southwestern US and as far as Argentina.


Logan Scully

Logan ScullyPosition: Climbing Program Supervisor
Year/Major: Junior / Philosophy
Background: I am a local to Ellensburg and have been climbing for about seven years. I got into it while I was working as a wild land firefighter with a friend, Micah. He was going out to vantage and I decided to tag along. I was immediately addicted, Vantage became my dojo and I spent countless days exploring and climbing there, later I traveled to different crags and tried out different forms of climbing. I love all aspects of climbing from long alpine climbs to a short day out at the crag. When I started school at central I was super stoked to be able to train at the rock wall and soon discovered the Central climbing community is full of welcoming people and amazing climbers. Come stop by the wall, it’s a great form of exercise as well as the most entertaining thing you can do.


Mackenzie Nichols

Liz Jordan

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor / Publicity
Major: Environmental Studies & GIS
Background: I've been climbing for about 6 years.
Besides climbing I love cats, gardening, hula hooping, baking, and backpacking to name a few.
I am an Ellensburg native and I love this beautiful little valley.
I feel very lucky to be surrounded by some beautiful and very diverse types of climbing and outdoor recreation here.


Elizabeth Rathburn

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Year/Major: 4th year senior/Biology
Background: I began climbing four years ago as a freshman that came into the rock wall on a whim. My friend who took me never came returned but I remained hooked to this sport ever since. I enjoy many aspects of climbing from bouldering to sport climbing out at the crag. I’ve enjoyed climbing in Washington, Nevada, and Hawaii. My current interest is to expand more into the possibilities of alpine climbing.  Central’s rock wall has really helped me to improve my climbing from the clinics, open hours, and our great climbing community; I have attained so much new knowledge and good memories about this awesome sport. Get psyched!
Craziest outdoor experience: swimming with sea turtles
Quote to live by: “In brute reality there is no road that is right entirely”

Hannah Wilkins

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor
Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
Year/Major: Sophomore, Undecided
Favorite Food: Chocolate!!
Favorite Color: Red
Background: This is my second year of climbing, I'm stoked to see what it holds!


Lucas Simpson

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor
I am a sophomore at CWU, and I am studying music education. I started climbing when I first came to Central because I thought it would be good training for American Ninja Warrior. As soon as I got into it, I fell in love with climbing, and I know that it is something I will do for the rest of my life. Also, someday I am going to be an American Ninja Warrior.


Jesse Pieters

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor
Major: Geology with a minor in graphic design
Background: I have lived in Ellensburg my entire life, living here is one of the reasons I love being outdoors so much. I absolutely love everything living. I find that with heart instinct and a little wizardry you can do anything. I also love making new friends so don't be scared to say hello :D


Cassie Koefod

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor
Background: I came to Ellensburg from Port Angeles and started climbing with my brother. Next thing I know, I’m on the club and team. I’ve been climbing for about a year now and can honestly say climbing has changed my life.  Great experiences and life-long friendships come from the outdoors. The world is your playground… Use it!



Alex Martin

Position: Climbing Wall Instructor / Wildcard!
Hometown: Kennewick, WA
Goals: Stay active and involved in everything that has to do with the outdoors.
Favorite food: Fettuccine Alfredo or Freeze Dried Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Camping, Hiking, Climbing, Fishing, Canoeing, Cliff Jumping, Mountain Biking,Snowboarding, Soccer, Whitewater Rafting, I love everything outdoors. I just love "adventuring"
Quote to Live by: Stay active, outdoors, and never stop learning.