Charles has been climbing for a decade plus. He also enjoys mountaineering above the tree line, ice climbing, hiking, and running the gym.

Owner, Front Desk Manager, Marketing Manager


Cody's love for rock-climbing, particularly on Southern Sandstone, began over a decade ago in Eastern Kentucky.  He strives to keep people stoked about climbing while helping them reach their full fitness potential. Cody views coaching as an outlet to give back to the community, where he looks forward to being part of the growing climbing culture here in Coastal North Carolina. Cody is an AMGA certified Climbing Wall Instructor, USAclimbing Level 1 route setter, W.F.R, and Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Head Route Setter, Climbing Coach, Climbing Wall Instructor


Heather started climbing indoor and outdoor rock walls at the start of her freshman year at The Ohio State University, but her passion for climbing really began with climbing trees when she was younger. She finds her passion for climbing is best demonstrated when teaching others. She is the lead instructor of the newest generation of climbers in the Young Aspiring Climbers 6-9-year-old program, the Young Aspiring Climbers 10-13-year-old program, and the Pre-Climbing team. She also enjoys setting routes here and teaching the Intro to Top Roping Course—where she can help create new “belay-tionships” in the gym. She is an AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor in Lead and Top Rope, as well as a Wilderness EMT. She moved to Wilmington in August of 2018 and has been climbing, setting and instructing here ever since.

Climbing Wall Instructor


John started seriously climbing in 2011 after helping to build the B.O.L.D. Bouldering Center at Carson-Newman University outside Knoxville, TN. During his years in the Knoxville area, John cut his teeth climbing outdoors at the Obed. John moved to Wilmington in 2017 to work as a worship pastor and quickly discovered the Wilmington climbing community. John is an AMGA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, and also handles the gym's digital media. 

Climbing Wall Instructor; Digital Media Manager


Alexis started climbing in 2012 when attending the University of South Dakota.  Her love for climbing continues because of the challenges and the communities it creates. She believes that the strongest friendships are made by sharing belays.

Climbing Wall Assistant


Shannon's love of travel landed her in Wilmington, where she was thrilled to find WRG. Shannon harnessed her teaching expertise while working at Ramstein Outdoor Recreation in Germany. She has also taught scuba diving and ice diving. 

Climbing Wall Assistant


Jack grew up in Rye, New York and graduated from Elon University in 2015 with a degree in Sport & Event Management. While at Elon he played for four years and served as Senior Captain and Vice President of the Club Lacrosse Team. After graduating Jack moved to Kenya to teach baseball with a nonprofit, Baseball4Africa. While in Africa he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Jack rediscovered his passion for climbing in the fall of 2017 while spending a few months in Bend, Oregon. You can find Jack surfing most days when he isn't working or climbing at the Wilmington Rock Gym.

Climbing Wall Assistant


Sarah tried to take up climbing as a teenager but grew up in Florida, where mountains, or even hills, aren't a prominent feature. She got back into it while in grad school at Duke. As an Episcopalian priest, Sarah has worked at camps all over the southeast, working with kids and adventure ministry, and has worked internationally with young people on reconciliation and conflict resolution (New Zealand, South Africa). She is excited to join the team helping kids learn to love climbing!

Kids Climbing Instructor

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“I've tried many sports, but climbing is the best. The beauty of this sport is that no matter how good you get, you can always find a way to challenge yourself.”

Randy Leavitt, La Sportiva Pro Climber

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Website Updated: Jan 15, 2021

Phone: 910-319-7209


Tues/Thurs 5:30AM-8:30AM


Wed/Fri       12:00PM-10PM

Sat               10AM-7PM,

Sun              12PM-6PM

Closed Monday

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