About

Calgary Climbing Centres

More than twenty years ago we opened our first facility out of a desire to share an unparalleled experience with both new and veteran climbers. Obsessed with our sport, it was unfair to keep it all to ourselves. Today, the Calgary Climbing Centre exists as a meeting place for climbers of all backgrounds to come together and share in this lifestyle, whether for the first time or for the thousandth.

With several outposts across the City of Calgary, we’ve climbed a long way in the last two decades, but at our core we believe in the importance of welcoming climbers of all levels and ages.

Drop by. Check us out. We dare you not to get the climbing bug yourself!

Our Team

Ali

Facility Manager, Stronghold

I was 12 years old the first time I went climbing and it was love at first on-sight...despite how embarrassed I was that my dad forced me to wear a helmet at an indoor gym. Somehow I managed to overcome the emotional trauma and started to climb on a more regular basis. Soon after I joined the CCC Youth Competitive Team where I had the opportunity to be coached by amazing, passionate climbers and be inspired by my teammates. Climbing continues to be a cornerstone in my life and the community is second to none.

Anna

Desk Supervisor, Hanger

I started climbing because one of my best friends couldn't convince anyone else to take a top rope class with her. Terrified of heights, I dragged my feet to this class thinking it would be a one time thing. Three days later I bought all my gear, two months later I was working at CCC. I've conquered fears, overcome mental challenges on the wall, made new friends and couldn't be happier that I was dragged to a top rope lesson.

Benji

Maintenance Supervisor, ClimbPark, Hanger

Immediately after I was introduced to climbing, I was captivated by the skilled movements of those around me. I started out with the CCC as a belayer, and shortly after landed a position as desk staff at The Hanger. Shortly thereafter I was given the opportunity to become an Instructor and ClimbPark Maintenance Supervisor. The CCC has helped me develop my skills on the wall, further my passion for climbing and plunged me into an amazing community of like minded individuals. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work in such a fun atmosphere surrounded by awesome people, where I can help pass on the pure joy that climbing has brought me.

Brendan

Facility Manager, Chinook

The first time I tried climbing I was terrified; of the height, of falling and mostly of failing. I was climbing in Ontario, where I'm from, at a college gym and was simply trying to prove myself that I could make it to the top. Despite the fear, I found myself coming back again and again. I was hooked. Climbing has truly shaped my life since then - pulling me west to mountains, inspiring me to travel, providing experiences and friends to share them with and even a career. A decade after that first go at climbing, I'm still just trying to get to the top, but now with a lot less fear and a lot more passion for the process!

Chris

Director of Facilities, CCC Outdoors Manager

I started climbing in Nova Scotia when I was 23. After exploring the bouldering around the southern shore, I made plans to move out west and pursue larger climbing objectives. Since then, I have gained various guiding certifications and worked hard to make the CCC a welcoming and comfortable place to climb, train and hang out. Working for the CCC has only stoked my passion for climbing and travelling; no matter where I go, I am happy to come home to the Rockies and its limestone crags.

Graeme

HoldShaper, MagicLab Stronghold

I shape the new holds we use at the CCC. It’s a great challenge to translate the forms and movement I see in my head into reality. The best part of my job is being able to contribute to the climbing community, meet so many climbers and hear what motivates them.

Jelisa

Competitive Youth Team Coach and Route Setter

I've been competing locally and internationally since I was 14. When I was older, I moved to Europe to pursue my athletic goals and competed in the IFSC’s European Cup. Through all of my travels and adventures, the CCC has always been there for me. Now I coach the competitive youth team and am trying to become the best coach that I can be. I want to learn from my athletes and my peers, while still pursuing being an athlete.

Jen

Facility Manager, Hanger

The CCC is the best part of Calgary for me, from the people I work with to the people who come in to climb. As a climber, I started from nowhere and learned a lot fast. I took our beginner lesson, our lead lesson, and then did the Building the Basics course. To continue growing, I completed our mechanics of movement class coached by Jelisa Dunbar. I learned so much from Jelisa.

Juan

Head Routesetter, Hanger

10 years ago I moved to Canada from Chile and I don't regret it. The climbing community here is great - you can always find someone to go to the mountains or try your latest project at the gym. I love to climb outside, but in the cold months of winter I find escape from cold in the gym. For me climbing is about getting to know other places and people. I've been with the CCC for 8 years: instructing, maintenance, setting and even pouring holds at binary.

Kyla

Facility Manager, Stronghold: Social Media Analyst

Climbing is a sport that scares me, challenges me and humbles me. It will never become boring. There is always another project, new crag and new adventure begging for attention. I’m still relatively new to the climbing world and have tons of “bucket list” places I have yet to visit, but I’ve got Big Rock in my sites for the not-so-distant future!

Maks

Desk Supervisor, Chinook

What started as a simple day of gym climbing with a friend turned into a wonderful obsession, a new love, and a new career for me. Falling for the mental, physical, and technical challenge of our sport was easy. I cannot wait to see how far it takes me on this journey.

Rhonda

Owner

The one who keeps an eye on all departments to make sure that the CCC is as good as it can be.  

Robin L.

Chief Wallbuilder

Climbing can be everything you need it to be. You can work hard and you can work towards something. Or you can climb to relax and de-stress. You make it exactly what you want it to be.

Simon

Director of Operations

I started climbing in 1994, and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve even been lucky enough to make climbing my full-time job for the past 12 years by working at Calgary Climbing Centre. Climbing is good for the brain and good for the body, and there’s simply nothing better in this world than sitting on top of a hard boulder you’ve just completed, under a blue sky, with the sun on your back.

Taylor

Desk Supervisor, Chinook

I have always had a love for the outdoors, whether it's hiking, camping, surfing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or climbing, you can count me in! Travel is something I'm also very passionate about and I love how climbing connects people from all over the world. I have met climbers from Iceland, China, South America, the UK, Australia, the United States and more as they've walked through the doors of the CCC. The climbing community welcomes everyone with open arms and I'm so happy to be a part of it!

Walson

Owner. Product Development

The man with a million ideas. The fact that something has not been done has never stopped Walson from making it happen.

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