Staff Bios

Meet Bob, he’s our Manager and Head Route Setter at Roca!  We sat down with Bob and asked him to share a little bit about his past and his experience in rock climbing.


How did you get started in rock climbing?

I started climbing when I was 10 years old and was coached by Jeremy in the early 2000’s.  Since then, I have traveled many of this country’s back roads in search of climbing.  To Vermont’s quarries and New Hampshire’s White Mountains, to Utah’s Cottonwood Canyons and Nevada’s sandstone, and the most memorable, Wyoming’s Wind River Range.  But the places I’ve enjoyed the most are located in the Midwest: The Black Hills of South Dakota and the North Coast of Minnesota.

What is your experience with indoor climbing?

Without a doubt, I grew up in a climbing gym.  I learned to problem solve and focus my energy into something plastic, yet tangible on those cemented walls.  Then I began to teach and guide lessons outdoors.  I’ve also been a youth climbing team coach for a gym in Duluth, and some would say a coach for them through my style of route setting.

And lastly, what do you enjoy most about climbing?

What I enjoy most about climbing is the sense of community we share: even though we all have our own struggle, we all climb together.


Any questions for Bob?

Meet Sierra, she is our Yoga and Gym Manager at Roca!  We sat down with her to hear how yoga has shaped who she is and how she has incorporated the practice into her life.


So, why yoga?

Yoga is a way of life.  It calms and centers the mind, body, and soul to things that matter, and relieves you of those that do not.

How did you find the practice of yoga?

I started my yogic journey over three years ago in the beautiful town of Duluth, MN.  I was in a stressful part of my life when yoga found its way to me.  I discovered how amazing it felt to drain away my worries and enlighten myself both physically and mentally.  Yoga gives you the tools to address your situations, and choose the lighter path.

I am ever thankful for the yogi teachers in my life that showed me that yoga isn’t just a workout.  Jessie Erickson and Emily Ostos guided me to experience my true self and discover how to be flexible in both mind and body.

Sounds like you were inspired by your practice and your teachers…where did you take your professional training?

Yes!  I took my yoga teacher training in beautiful Whistler, Canada through Yogacara.  Being in such a serene environment while immersing yourself in the practice of yoga has taught me so much about being a yogi and a teacher.  I am thrilled with this opportunity to teach at Roca and lead people into the climbing/yoga world!


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