Daniel Poggi

Daniel Poggi

Owner

As a very young child I was always an adventurer and loved to explore. I would leave home in the morning and return sometime after dark. Climbing has been an extension of my childhood allowing me to explore the world from a unique perspective. After 24 years of climbing I continue to be more passionate than ever about the sport that has given me so much including my heath, friendships, and my family. As the owner of Climb Base5 I am motivated to give back to the community that has provided me with so much. I am committed to sharing the best possible climbing experience my love for health and fitness and the opportunity for continual personal growth.

Jessica Jansen

Jessica Jansen

Operations Manager

I started climbing in 2004 following an amazing introductory climbing and caving experience in the Blue Mountains in Australia. I climb because I have always loved how this sport challenges me both physically and mentally, and the feeling I get of being free of all thoughts other than my next move, bolt or gear placement. Of course the friendships, experiences high in the mountains, and hanging out working routes at the gym make this sport extra special and unique. I have been at Climb Base5 Since May 2017, and working here is really…quite awesome! The staff are incredible, putting so much energy and commitment to making this place 1-of-a-kind, the members that I have met are friendly and welcoming, and it goes without saying that the routes are fantastic and the music tops it all off!

Kyle Rurak

Kyle Rurak

Assistant Manager / Coach / Setter

I took my introductory course at Climb Base5 in 2009, and have been addicted to rock climbing ever since. I knew right away that I wanted to be involved within the climbing community and Climb Base5; not only was I getting in a great physical and mental workout, I was meeting great people and having fun! Base5 is like a second home to me, the atmosphere of the gym and the people who climb and work here is contagious, which is why I enjoy spending many hours here each week with these incredible people who I consider to be a part of my extended family.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Head Coach / Setter

I learned to climb with my stepdad in 1985 but never really got hooked until I was in University. While studying exercise science, I took what I was learning and started experimenting with training methods. My climbing journey has taken me all over the world and introduced me to my best friends. Climbing is one of the ways I get a mental break from life. I love how mentally engaged one has to be to be successful. This focus energizes and relaxes me at the same time. Does that make any sense? 🙂 I have been working at Climb Base5 for 5 years and the number 1 thing I love about this place is the people.

Ally Mandley

Ally Mandley

Desk Staff

They say do what makes you happy, so I climb. I first started climbing back in 2003 on the Junior Team at Climb Base5. However a short while after I stopped climbing for 8 years to pursue a more competitive level of soccer BUT I found my way back to Climb Base5 and have since made it my second home. Working at the gym is such an easy decision when the environment provides me with nothing but laughs and continually introduces me to great people who are just as passionate about climbing as I am.

Andrew Pooni

Andrew Pooni

Desk Staff

Back in 2002 when I was in gymnastics I saw that next door they were opening a climbing gym and I decided to give it a try. Being only ten years old I was afraid of the heights, but the more I did it the less sketchy I felt. Eventually I joined a kids program where I learned to belay and never looked back. After graduating high school I immediately applied for a job with cliffhanger and four years later the gym I grew up climbing in was rebranded to Climb Base5, where I continue to climb and instruct today.

Danielle Roukema

Danielle Roukema

Desk Staff

I have been climbing since January of 2015. I enjoy climbing because of the community. The people are really what make the sport worth while. It‘s also a great way to stay in shape while having fun! I’ve been working at the gym since November 2016. I love working at base 5 because it’s great to see people improve at climbing, and being able to help them makes me remember why I fell in love with climbing in the first place.

Danika Mulder

Danika Mulder

Desk Staff / Coach

I started climbing regularly in March 2014, when I started working as a belayer at Base5, and I fell in love with it. I had never been athletic, so climbing marked a big change for me. Climbing is an incredibly fun form of fitness and has an amazing community where I now have a lot of my closest friends. I hope climbing remains a lifelong passion for me, and love the opportunity i get to share that passion while working at Base 5.

Hannah Block

Hannah Block

Desk Staff

I took an instant liking to climbing after attending a friend’s birthday party, ironically, at this gym. Fast forward to today and I have been climbing for almost seven years; competitively for five. Climbing is a passion I can confidently say I will never lose – the uniqueness of the sport and its supportive community is unparalleled. I have had the pleasure of working at Base5 for over four years with a community of climbers that has become my best friends.

Jenn Melatini

Jenn Melatini

Desk Staff

I started climbing about 6 years ago, and was hooked on the personal challenges it provided. A few years ago, I became much more committed, as I discovered the outside element it added to my life. The sport is a mental and physical challenge; it‘s constantly humbling, while also rewarding. Climbing has also introduced to me to one of the most fantastic communities I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. One of the best parts of working at Base5 is how it gives me the opportunity to share this sport and all it offers with others.

Keith Nelson

Keith Nelson

Desk Staff / Coach

I started climbing in 2003, but didn’t stick with it. I returned to the sport in 2012 and have been climbing ever since. I love climbing for the physical challenge, the technical difficulty, and the mental discipline required to succeed. I have been working at the gym for about 3 years and, I enjoy helping other people achieve success in their efforts to become a better climber. The team at Base5 is amazing - everyone brings something special to the community and it makes working here very enjoyable.

Ken Fung

Ken Fung

Desk Staff / Instuctor

Having been working at the gym since it was a concrete shell in the early 2000s, he‘s the resident "old guy" at Climb Base5. A multi-sport athlete, climbing is in his cross-training repertoire that compliments his mountain biking, paddling, and yoga. Music is what motivates him in sport and he brings it whenever he’s in the gym. Keep your ears open when you‘re in the gym and you may find your head bobbing to some hip hop, electronic, or new catchy music while you’re climbing.

Nikki Ho

Nikki Ho

Desk Staff / Instuctor

I started climbing in my early 20’s after a friend suggested to try out top roping and I instantly fell in love with it. I started working at Climb Base5 shortly after starting climbing in 2012. The best aspect of working at Climb Base5 is how inclusive we are. No matter what level you are at, beginner or expert, you will be cheered on from staff, friends, and random people in the gym. I love climbing due to the continual challenge that it provides as you increase in grades or try a totally new style like trad climbing. It is a sport I hope to be doing for the rest of my life.

Ninke Kruger

Ninke Kruger

Desk Staff

I started climbing in 2015. I‘ve always been passionate about fitness and I fell in love with indoor bouldering immediately after being introduced to it. Climb Base5 feels like a second home to me. Yes, the sport is addicting, but it’s practitioners are the most "grounded" people you will ever meet; they are a big part of the reason that climbing transitioned from being my sport into being my lifestyle.

Vincent Fung

Vincent Fung

Communications / Marketing

I first tried climbing while in Thailand in 2007 and have been climbing off and on ever since. The perks of joining the gym in May 2016 is that I get to climb more regularly and try out bouldering. I’ve realized that climbing is a lot of fun while learning about what your mind and body can (or can’t do). Working here is great - people are friendly, inviting and like to share a good laugh.