Board Members

  • Timmy O’Neill

    Timmy O’Neill is recognized as one of the world’s funniest, most irreverent and insightful climbing presenters…. (click for more info).


    DJ Skelton grew up in Elk Point, SD. He briefly attended the University of South Dakota before embarking upon an unorthodox path of serving our Nation over the past two decades. His energy, leadership, sense of adventure and inspiration has gained him National and Global recognition. DJ enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 […]

  • Maury Birdwell, Esq.

    Maury is an Oklahoma native who quickly discovered the outdoors at a young age as an escape and mechanism for self development. The local Wichita Mountains wilderness area served as his venue for hiking and backpacking and soon matured into a life long fixation with climbing. He guided rock climbing outings in college and has […]

  • Nate McKenzie

    Nate McKenzie is a climbing guide based in Connecticut and Director of the Paradox Connecticut chapter. He has been a program coordinator and guide for Paradox Rocks and Paradox Ice climbing programs since 2009 and contributed to Paradox’s Adaptive Climbing handbook.

  • Colin Kirby

    Colin grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and moved to Boulder, CO to attend CU in 2001 where he earned degrees in Religious Studies and Economics.  During college, Colin discovered his love, not only for the outdoors, but also for the Culinary Arts.  For 10 years he worked in kitchens around the world – including […]

  • Christina Frain

    Christina grew up in Southern Maryland then moved to Baltimore to earn a B.A. in History and a Teaching Certificate from Loyola University in Maryland. In 2001, Christina and her husband headed west and landed in the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, NM. It was in these mountains where she learned to climb. Since she […]

  • Dave Elmore

    A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dave attended the University of Oregon earning a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Environmental Science, while participating in the Outdoor Leadership Program. Upon graduating Dave began teaching and guiding for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, ultimately working with Outward Bound for fourteen years. Dave has served as […]

  • Maureen Beck

    Maureen Beck grew up on the coast of Maine and spent her weekends hiking in the north woods and climbing Acadia’s granite sea cliffs. Maureen, who was born without her left hand, discovered both her natural ability and her love of ice climbing while in college, where she graducated with a BS in Forestry from […]

  • Rob Coppolillo

    Rob Coppolillo grew up climbing and skiing in Colorado. He completed a BA in environmental conservation at CU-Boulder, then spent his 20s racing road bikes and nurturing a budding writing career. These days he’s pursuing his international guiding certification through the American Mountain Guides Association, continues to write, and lives in Boulder with his minxy […]