Former Canadian Head Coach Andrew Wilson joins Climb Base5 to develop the next generation of rock-climbers

Andrew Wilson. (Source: Squamish Climbing Magazine / Photo courtesy of Matt Johnson)
Andrew Wilson. (Source: Squamish Climbing Magazine / Photo courtesy of Matt Johnson)

Already an anchor in the national and international climbing community, Andrew Wilson joins Climb Base5 full-time bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in coaching, athletic development, and youth empowerment to the Tri-Cities.

With over 20 years of experience, including ten years as the former Head Coach of Canada’s National Climbing Team, Wilson is one of the most experienced climbing coaches in the country and is often considered the father of Canadian competitive climbing. He will be the gym’s head route-setter responsible for designing new and challenging routes as well as ensuring current ones are safe and secure for climbers.

Passionate and dedicated to the sport, Wilson will also be coordinating Climb Base5’s youth development programs and open competitive teams to take climbers to the next level in their development. He sees rock-climbing not only as a competitive and collegial sport for all ages but an activity that is both good for the body and mind.

"Climbing allows kids to confront fear, find passion, trust and be trusted, learn discipline and become critical thinkers. It?s a great sport to learn how to persevere, think critically, problem solve, and care for others."
“Climbing allows kids to confront fear, find passion, trust and be trusted, learn discipline and become critical thinkers. It’s a great sport to learn how to persevere, think critically, problem solve, and care for others.”

Wilson has been involved in the sport since he was 15-years old growing up in North Vancouver. He began his professional involvement in climbing in the mid-1990s, while studying exercise science, coaching and sport performance at the University of British Columbia.

As Wilson joins Climb Base5, the gym says goodbye to Kaleb Thomas who was head route-setter and coach of the youth competitive team since 2014. Thomas will be taking on a similar role at The Boulders gym on Vancouver Island.

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