ACE Board of DirectorsBoard members are listed below with affiliation and term expiration date.
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President: Greg German (CMC, 12/31/2014)
Greg hails from Louisiana, where climbing opportunities are pretty much limited to trees. After moving to Colorado in 2000, a Colorado Mountain Club mountaineering course launched him into making up for lost time. He learned to lead in Eldorado Canyon and has pursued climbing with an obsessive zeal. He directed the CMC Trad Lead school for 5 years and developed a taste for introducing new climbers to the sport. He's since taken a liking to bigwalling and professional guiding as an AMGA certified rock instructor. The enchanted vibe that Eldo exudes keeps him coming back every free moment of the climbing season. Greg works as a luthier (he makes and repairs acoustic guitars.) Occasionally, he also makes rock climbing gear.
Vice President: Joseph Crotty (12/31/2013)
After moving to Colorado in the mid 80's Joe's dad starting taking him to Eldo and showing him the ropes - pun intended. Eldo has always held a strong magnetic pull and exuded a deep influence on his climbing trajectory. Every opportunity to steal away to Eldo is happily weighed year round when not working as a software engineer. Other passions including mountain biking, hunting and birding.
Secretary: Todd Felix (AMGA, 12/31/2015)
After cutting his teeth at The Gunks, Todd moved back to Colorado and developed a true passion for Eldorado Canyon State Park. Eldo is World Class climbing, and it's right in our backyard - who could ask for more? A frequent instructor for the Colorado Mountain Club, and an aspiring AMGA guide, Todd can be found most weekends, and many weekday evenings climbing in Eldo. Well, except when the rock is covered with snow and ice... usually. As a Wildlife Biologist, Todd appreciates the beauty of the natural environment. As a climber and ACE board member, he seeks to help conserve the identity and natural wonder of Eldo for climbers as well as other Park users.
Treasurer: Stefan Griebel (at large, 12/31/2015)
Stefan's first-ever trad lead was Eldorado Canyon's famous Bastille Crack in 1995, which he led using his brand new rack - 1 cam, a set of nuts, and a few hexes. Since then, he's collected many more cams and climbed many, many more of Eldo's beautiful and inspiring routes. Hard free climbs, easy solos, moderate classics - he loves them all! Stefan is interested in protecting and preserving the nature of climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park and has finally put his body where his mouth is by applying to the ACE Board. He loves the outdoors, and is just as frequently found with a mountain bike, skis, or trail-running shoes, as he is with a climbing rack. He currently works as an Electrical Engineer and lives in Boulder with his wife, Sheryl.
FHRC Chair: Beth Bennet (12/31/2014)
Beth started climbing at the ripe old age of 19, on the runout granite slabs of North Carolina, well before the bolting movement was conceived. The elegant movement won her heart and she's been addicted ever since. Although she can climb cracks, face climbing is a definite preference and she was the first woman to free climb many Colorado classics including the Naked Edge, Jules Verne, and the Yellow Wall of the Diamond. Now, older and wiser, she still likes to crank but spends more time working, probing the secrets of the genes.
Brady Robinson (Access Fund, 12/31/2014)
Brady first climbed in Eldorado in 1996 while travelling through on a climbing trip. He has lived in Boulder since 2007 and calls Eldorado his favorite local area. A veteran of many domestic road trips and over 20 international climbing trips, he has fond memories of adventures in areas such as Patagonia, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru and Thailand. He spend most of his 20s working as a guide and instructor for NOLS and North Carolina Outward Bound. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Access Fund and chairs the steering committee of the Outdoor Alliance. His personal climbing goals are much closer to home these days; he fears he has too many projects in Eldo, the Flatirons and RMNP to complete in this lifetime. He has a passion for both conservation and recreational access protection, and sees volunteering for ACE as a natural outgrowth of his day job. He is married to Lucia Robinson and is the proud father of his daughter Tessa.
Byron Murray (at large, 12/31/2014)
Byron is a Colorado native who first started climbing in 1996 when he moved to Boulder. His first trad climb in Eldorado Canyon State Park was on Calypso in 1999. Eldorado remains his favorite local climbing area today. He loves how the green and yellow lichen stand out from the dark red, conglomerate sandstone. He also appreciates that climbing in Eldorado Canyon can be odd and that it requires some getting used to. This is the price of entry to such a magical place. Byron is currently breaking into the 5.11's in Eldorado. He has also climbed sport and trad in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Mexico, Greece, Slovenia, Thailand, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He prefers trad climbing over sport climbing because it leaves a minimal trace and allows you to get up high on multi-pitch routes. His priority on the ACE board is to maintain the traditional nature of climbing and to preserve the nature of classic free climbing with the goals of preservation, safety, and access in Eldorado. In addition to climbing, his passions include travel, skiing, and mountain biking. Byron has been a member of the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol since 1986. He currently works as a Product Quality Professional for technology companies and lives in Boulder with his wife, Carolyn.
Steve Levin (at large, 12/31/2015)
I began climbing in 1972 at age 13 with an ascent of the Exum Ridge on Wyoming's Grand Teton. In 1976 I finally made it to Eldorado Canyon. First climb (you guessed it): The Bastille Crack. I returned summer of 1977 and started ticking off the classics, including The Naked Edge, Rover, Yellow Spur, Wide Country, Rincon, Vertigo and others- even many of the remaining aid climbs like Fire and Ice, Canary Pass, and Apple Strudel. Painter's pants, EBs, and decaying fixed gear were the name of the game.
Since then I have climbed in Eldorado extensively, ticking many of the desperates including Paris Girl, The Web, and The Sacred and The Profane. I've established some ground-up new routes and, in more recent years, joined the "head-pointing" crowd. I spent four years climbing and researching the current Eldorado Canyon guidebook (available at www.sharpendbooks.com). I work as a rock guide in Eldorado (and elsewhere) for the Colorado Mountain School (www.totalclimbing.com). After 35+ years of Eldorado climbing, I've climbed over 90% of the routes in the Canyon.
I am a strong proponent of preserving the unique character of Eldorado climbing. I sat on the ACE Fixed Hardware Review Committee in the 1990s, voting on many bolted-route proposals. Since then fewer and fewer new route proposals are submitted, and while Eldorado is not yet "climbed out", the focus has shifted. Having recently joined the ACE Board, I see our mission now being one of active stewardship: replacing old fixed hardware; maintaining trails; trundling dangerous loose rock on popular routes; and educating the public to help preserve what I consider one of the great American climbing centers.
Jason Wells (at large, 12/31/2015)
Chris Archer (Member Emeritus)
Chris is a founder (and now the Godfather) of ACE. As an attorney, he incorporated ACE on behalf of the Access Fund. He served on the ACE board for over 20 years, from its inception until 2012. He was (and still is) staunchly committed to preserving existing routes in the condition of the first free ascent, as well as welcoming the establishment of quality new lines requiring fixed hardware.
Chris has been climbing in Eldorado since 1979. While passing through Boulder on his way to Yosemite, he stopped to climb in Eldorado and never left. The cerebral and technical nature of the climbing, the spectacular crisp edges of Fountain formation sandstone, the rich history of aid and free climbing, the camaraderie of colorful characters who climb in the Canyon, and the relative ease of wiring difficult routes on which to sandbag visitors, make Eldorado his favorite climbing area. Chris can usually be found either climbing Eldorado's least popular routes on yet another obscure tour or on monthly ascents of the Naked Edge.
Chris currently acts as General Counsel for The Access Fund and the Adventure Film Festival. When not climbing in Eldorado, he can occasionally be found in his law offices in Boulder.
Bill Wright (Member Emeritus)
I was born back east, but my family moved to Colorado when I was 9 and my most important sport through high school was skiing. I went to the National Freestyle Championships twice. I went to CU in 1980 to study electrical engineering and here I took up rock climbing, having learned about it from National Geographic's article on the first hammerless ascent of Half Dome a couple of years earlier. Galen Rowell's photographs of that ascent were so outrageous that I decided right then that I would climb Half Dome some day.
I rock climbed all through college, mainly concentrating on not repeating routes, as I was out for adventure and not gymnastic difficulty. This attitude limited me primarily to 5.9/5.10 leading and mostly dragging, though preparing me for bigger climbs. I moved to California to go to graduate school at Stanford and to work for IBM. There I spent many weekends climbing in Yosemite and did climb Half Dome and then El Cap, along with many of the other major structures. I started pursuing the "50 Classic Climbs" and eventually did 30+ of those routes. After nine years in California, I got married, moved back to Colorado, and soon started a family.
Having a couple of young boys prompted me to make better use of my time and I took to climbing before work. As I got more efficient, I climbed longer and longer routes. This led to an interest in speed climbing and I eventually met and became friends with Hans Florine, the record-holder on the Nose at the time. We co-wrote a book called Speed Climbing. I also took up trail running and began to keep track of the local speed climbing records. I started the Tour de Flatirons scrambling race series and pushed myself to fast times on the rocks and in the mountains. In 2008, I climbed Longs Peak by a different route every month of the year and might still be the only person to have done that. I've done the Longs Peak Triathlon a couple of times and last year finally broke 3 hours for the roundtrip on Longs Peak. In Eldorado, I climbed over 50 pitches in a day in 2009 and frequently climb there before work.
In 2006, after being elected to the board of ACE, I stared the Rattlesnake Ramble Trail Race in Eldorado Canyon State Park. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to ACE to help maintain climbing access trails and climbing hardware in the park. After two 3-year terms, with my encouragement, new blood replaced me at ACE. I am still the race director for the Rattlesnake Ramble and will continue to be as long as I'm able.
This page last revised on January 15 2013