• guruhans "hanz" kroesen

    Co-Owner & Head Route Setter


    Hanz began climbing on natural rock with his father in 1984 even before the first climbing gyms were opened. He later began working at the Portland Rock Gym during the mid-90's, and helped transition the PRG into its current location acting as chief route setter and instructor. His routes and boulder problems are highly regarded in the Portland/Vancouver area for their quality and creativity. This reputation has even taken Hanz internationally on two occasions: to Israel setting for a national competition and to Pakistan organizing a women's climbing comp as part of a goodwill tour. Also a talented sculptor, you can see Hanz's metal-work throughout the new Source building. Hanz now brings his decades of experience to designing and building to Vancouver's own indoor climbing to Vancouver. Check out this video featuring Hanz.


  • Michael Lary

    Co-Owner


    Michael Lary left small-town, Iowa and began climbing in 1996. A passion for climbing outdoors led Michael to Colorado and then to Portland in 2001 where he became the Operations Manager and lead climbing instructor for the Portland Rock Gym. After helping the PRG transition into a larger facility, Michael left for a 6-month tour climbing across the US, Canada, and even Bermuda. Michael then climbed and skied for 2 years in Salt Lake while working for Black Diamond Equipment, but soon returned to Portland to continue working in the climbing gym industry. Excited to be a part of the SW Washington community, Michael is now bringing his climbing expertise and enthusiasm to downtown Vancouver.

  • Jessica Pickens

    The OG- Fitness Trainer & Member Services Supervisor - Team member since 2011


    Jessica was part of the original Source crew (reppin' that 11/11/11 start date yo!), but she left us high and dry in 2014 to finish her undergrad in Kinesiology at Washington State University- Pullman. After graduating Jessica joined the coaching staff for our competitive team as their regularly scheduled torture- I mean fitness- trainer.  She gets great joy out of bringing sweat, pain, and muscle gain to willing participants. It's safe to say Jess is an AVID exerciser (of all sorts) and enjoys talking fitness, so don't hesitate to come to her to discuss your fitness goals. Better yet, join her and other brave souls in one of our group fitness classes. She guarantees a great burn.


    Keep in mind, workouts aren't all this girl is good for. If you have questions or concerns regarding membership, you can email jessica@sourceclimbing.com

  • bryan caldwell

    Climbing Instructor and USA Climbing Coach - Team member since 2011


    Bryan first discovered rock climbing in September of 1997 on a trip to NW Arkansas. It was love at first rock. After graduating college he moved to Colorado and could be found hanging around Lumpy Ridge, Eldo Canyon, Indian Creek or just about anywhere you could find rock. After spending a summer in 2005 climbing all along the West Coast, Bryan got a call that would take him to the island of Bermuda to work at a climbing gym. Trips to the Dolomites, Elporterro and Kalymnos highlights his stretch "on de rock," and after 4 years in Bermuda, he returned to the States, eventually taking up residency on Michael Lary's couch in Vancouver. Bryan loves rock climbing, hiking paired with climbing, swimming (as long as deep water soloing is involved, talking (about climbing) and reading (do guidebooks count?). Bryan has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things climbing and is eager to share it with anyone who will lend an ear. 

  • joe adams

    Head Route Setter - Team member since 2013


    Joe is a Vancouver native that began climbing around 2000. As he describes it "my buddy and I bought a rope and went in did some scary things... even climbing at Rock Butte" Since then he has spent more time climbing in the high Sierras, and Yosemite is now his favorite destination. Joe's handiwork is all around the Source, as he is a craftsman with both wood and resin. Not only does he set great routes and boulder problems, Joe also helped with construction of the mezzanine climbing walls and built the storage cubbies at the Source. So whether you need some beta on the new boulder problems... or if you need any furniture built, Joe is your man. 

  • meghan connolly

    Program Supervisor & Instructor - Team member since 2014

     

    Meghan was first introduced to climbing in 2009. A Pacific Northwest Native, Meghan spends her time backpacking, climbing, practicing yoga and dancing like no one's watching. If you are new to the sport of climbing and are looking for instruction in a relaxed and informative environment, Meghan is the one for you! Aside from instructing, Meghan oversees our Source Gives Back program and is our groups organizer. If you have club or organization that you would like to experience the world of rock climbing, you can email Meghan@sourceclimbing.com .

  • brigg wolgamott

    Teen Coach / 301 Instructor - Team member since 2015


    Brigg was introduced to climbing along the Gallatin River just outside of Bozeman, MT, and he became hooked on the sport after viewing Reel Rock 7. While much of his experience is on sport routes in WA & OR, Brigg is now seeking out more traditional lines and pushing his climbing further in the search for quality stone. If you are interested in being in the Teen Club or pushing your climbing to the Indoor Lead level he is always available for inquiries.

  • Amelia Madarang

    Youth Club Belayer - Team member since 2016


    Amelia started climbing at the age of 11 here at the Source Climbing Center. She then moved up the ranks of the youth climbing team until finally she has joined the employee team. She is the youngest member of our crew, yet here are some of the (still to be verified) highlights and references from her resume:


    "One hell of a climber" - New york times

    "You be crazy not to workout with this one" - The world's best climber

    "Very polite" - bus driver

    "Outstanding Belay" - Washington Post

    "I strive to be like her" Michael Lary

    "My hero" - Batman

    "She's my phone background" - Mom


    At museums she can touch the art. Mosquitoes don't bite her out of respect. The sun doesn't burn her. The rain doesn't phase her. She doesn't have bad hair days. She can make minute rice in 45 seconds. Working at the Source is just the latest confirmed rumor about Amelia Madarang. Legend says she climbed out of her crib as a child and didn't stop till she was climbing walls. 

  • coava bean

    Contact Strength Trainer - Team member since 2011


    Coava is willing to offer a tug-of-war challenge to any climber wanting to train their grip strength. Her training tools include frisbees and various chew-toys. The training service is technically free, but she can be bribed with the appropriate dog treat. And as a client you will be expected to throw the frisbee or chew toy over... and over... and over.