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.

Colby Appleby

Colby Appleby

Manager

Colby has been working at Climb Base5 for 7 years. He currently manages the gym and can usually be found hanging out behind the desk, or hiding out in his office. His favorite climbing destination (so far) would have to be Red Rocks, Nevada. The corridors are like the gym, just more crowded! Colby has been climbing since 1994.

Patrick Guichon

Patrick Guichon

Instuctor

Patrick has been climbing since 2003 and is experienced in indoor and outdoor climbing. He has climbed in Squamish, Skaha, Banff and Canmore. He is a weekend manager and teaches courses in top rope and lead belaying as well as the Rock Junior Program on Saturdays.

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.

Andrada Pelin

Andrada Pelin

Desk Staff/Instuctor
Kyle Rurak

Kyle Rurak

Desk Staff/Instructor/Setter

Kyle has been climbing since 2009 and working at the gym since 2010. He enjoys coaching kids, teaching courses, and putting up new routes; needless to say, he’s a familiar face to many! He enjoys the workout benefits of climbing, as well as the mental aspects of solving the routes and problems. One of his favourite facets of the sport is the climbing community: “it attracts really down to earth, friendly people”. Kyle is also a professional photographer and does all the photography for Base5.

Nikki Ho

Nikki Ho

Desk Staff/Instuctor

Nikki had a typical introduction to climbing in 2010 through the Base5 belay course. Soon after the course Nikki discovered bouldering, and worked on strengthening his fitness and technical skills. Squamish bouldering was his first taste of outdoor climbing. Outdoor climbing has allowed Nikki to delve into a whole new world of climbing. He currently enjoys both sport climbing and bouldering, as they require different strengths and present

Jenn Melatini

Jenn Melatini

Instuctor

Jenn has been climbing since 2010, and likes to get outdoors whenever she can. She’s climbed in a few places around B.C. and is beginning to venture into the American climbing locations, the most interesting so far being Maple Canyon in Utah. You might see her around the gym, working desk or teaching top rope belay courses. Her biggest climbing feat to date: making it to the top of the gym wall – she’s got a severe fear of heights!