climb, wine & Dine

September 8, 2019

The goal of Climb, Wine & Dine is to motivate and inspire our community by connecting them with expert and industry-leading women to gain skills in climbing and beyond. 

ALL were welcome to join us for women-led clinics, live music, gift bags, a keynote presentation, food and, of course, WINE (and cocktails and beer!). 

The 2019 keynote presentation was “Mid-Life Crushing; How to climb harder through your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond with the Wise Women of the Wasatch” led by Carrie Cooper, Esther Smith, Lauren Callaway, Maggie Odette and Nancy Feagin.

2019 Tickets: $40 for members (+20 for guests, +5 after August 31). Tickets include a 45-minute yoga session, two 90-minute clinics, one 50-minute clinic, a gift bag, dinner, your first drink, live music by Moodlite and the keynote presentation.

Meet the 2019 Clinic Leaders

Allison Vest

Allison Vest is a professional climber hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently competing on the World Cup circuit for Team Canada in both bouldering and lead. In addition to being an athlete herself, she is also a youth competitive team coach.

IG: @allisonvest

Amy Fruge, DPT

Amy Frugé, DPT, Cert. Yoga Instructor is a physical therapist, climber and outdoor enthusiast working at Grassroots Physical Therapy to help climbers and mountain athletes return to sport.

IG: @amykatfru @grassroots_physical_therapy @terrahealthcollective

Brittany Zink

Brittany is a small-town girl from Nevada who moved to Utah in 2012. The new access she had to outdoor recreation helped her to live a more active lifestyle and gave her the opportunity to be closer to nature. Being active outside helped her to live a more wholesome life full of love and gratitude. This fueled her passion for health and wellness, so she became an ACE certified personal trainer, an ACE group fitness instructor, yoga teacher and a wilderness first responder. Currently, she is an instructor right here at The Front who teaches HITT, power building, TRX and cyclecross.

IG: @britness.fitness

Carrie Cooper, DPT

Dr. Carrie Cooper, DPT is a Sports Medicine Physical Therapist and owner of Rev Physical Therapy in Salt Lake City Utah. She is also a researcher and an accomplished climber of 20 years. As one of the first professional boulderers, she had the pleasure of traveling the world in the name of rock climbing. Her most recent co-authored research paper entitled, “A Potential Classification Schema and Treatment Approach for A2 Flexor Pulley Strains”, Journal of Hand Therapy 2019 has been well received internationally. She founded Rev Physical Therapy in 2017 and works with USA National Team members as well as other elite level climbers and outdoor athletes. With over 20 years of experience teaching movement, Pilates, and dance she has a unique eye for body mechanics.

IG: @carriecooper_dpt  @RevPT

Dexa Body

DEXA (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is research-grade technology which provides the most accurate and precise measurement of body fat, lean mass, and bone density.

It is considered the GOLD standard of body fat testing and body composition analysis and is used worldwide by elite athletes and teams like the Green Bay Packers, the British Triathlon team, and is used at the US Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.

The scan is fast, highly accurate, and requires no special clothing. It takes about 10 minutes and exposes you to less radiation than a 1-hour flight.

IG: @dexabody

Dustie Casuse

Dustie Casuse, Muscle Activation Technique Specialist, Certified AMIT Therapist, avid skier, and lover of climbing. Has been in the industry of providing athletes with strength and stability while getting them out of pain quickly for 17 years. She has worked on several NBA, NFL and gold medalists as well as thousands of everyday people who just want to be active without pain. She has trained under the gurus in her field of whom she worked alongside with for the past 10-years. She believes that pain doesn’t have to come along with age, and those in their prime most definitely should not be in pain! It is her goal in life, to help people regain full function and get back to doing the things they love pain-free! You can find her at Activating Performance clinic in the Maven District SLC. 

Erica Tingey

Erica is head coach and founder of Women in the Mountains. She is a certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBIA) in addition to being a USA cycling coach. Erica has been teaching skills clinics since 2011 and has worked with hundreds of athletes. Working with beginners to pro racers, she has been able to connect with every level of rider to help them build on their skills progression. Erica raced mountain bikes professionally from 2010 to 2017. She raced to the front of the field to secure multiple podiums on the National level over her career and raced several international World Cups on the mountain bike. She won 2 Masters National Championship titles on the road (Time Trial and Road Race). She and her husband have a 10-year old son and call Park City, Utah home. With a great support crew and loving family, she is able to travel around the country and the world fulfilling her dreams and sharing her passion for cycling.

When working with athletes, I love seeing each individual become more in tune with their bodies. It’s amazing how much you can gain when you are aware of your movements and the impact of the stressors you put on your body!

IG: @womeninthemountains

Erin Storck

I have been a personal trainer for over 5 years and have experiences in many settings such as rehab, general fitness, athletics and special populations. I have been training athletes at The Front for over two years now. I specialize in injury prevention, run-coaching, general fitness, climbing, ski/snowboard conditioning and overall mountain fitness! I have a Bachelors in Exercise Science and I am certified as an Exercise Physiologist through ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).

When working with athletes, I love seeing each individual become more in tune with their bodies. It’s amazing how much you can gain when you are aware of your movements and the impact of the stressors you put on your body!

IG: @erinstorck

Esther Smith, DPT

Esther Smith DPT, Cert. MDT, NTP received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Utah. Since graduation, she has worked in orthopedic settings with a particular focus on the management of musculoskeletal problems and athletic performance. Esther offers education and treatment that addresses the underlying cause of symptoms and aids in the prevention of future injury.

In 2014 Esther founded Grassroots Physical Therapy in Salt Lake City because she wanted to build a community network that bucks the conventional ideas of physical therapy delivery and celebrates wellness by giving clients the choices and solutions to put health care decisions back in their hands.

Esther is a climber and a physical therapist for the Black Diamond Pro Climbing Team, as well as the Salt Lake City and worldwide climbing community.

IG: @esthersmithdpt @grassroots_physical_therapy

Females of The Front

Females of the Front (FOTF) was created in 2018 with the simple idea of getting ladies together to climb, that was that. With the help of The Front, our FOTF members, and many inspirational minds, this community is growing beyond climb nights at The Front. Now Danielle Young, Lauren Deming and Caroline Usher are pushing to change the culture surrounding women in the outdoors by gathering them together to not only climb but take trips together, trail run, do fitness classes and ultimately to cultivate a strong femme community.

Our mission is to cultivate a high elevation climbing community for femmes and friends to have a safe space to grow and learn from one another on and off the rock. We encourage all to join us for events, come to us with ideas and show up to get stronger together by pushing one another to grow and learn from experiences outside of our comfort zones.

IG: @femalesofthefront

Hilary Silberman

I have been climbing for almost 30 years; it is an innate part of who I am. I learned to climb when I was in grad school on the east coast—getting my feet wet in the Gunks. I came to climbing as a gymnast and fell in love with the sport and the movement. I climbed competitively for a short while at the local and National levels. Eventually, I made my way West to be closer to the mountains and climbing opportunities. I have lived in the SLC area since that time. I currently coach the Front competitive climbing team. As a climbing coach, my specialty and love is teaching movement. It is at the core of climbing and everything else builds upon that. Professionally, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist, and currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah.

IG: @hilaryjoy222

Julia Geisler

Julia Geisler has been the Executive Director of your local non-profit rock climbing advocacy organization, the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA), since 2011. The SLCA exists to be the unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch through advocacy, stewardship, community and education. Keeping climbing areas open and well cared for is her day job. She is also the owner of Park City Yoga Adventures, a small guide outfitter business focused on getting people outside to breathe through paddleboard yoga, yoga in silks & more. Join her for a discussion about how to engage in climbing advocacy and stewardship and deepen your connection to the sport of climbing and the places you climb.

IG: @saltlakeclimbers @juliadawngeisler

Julie Hirsch

Julie Hirsch is the Category Director for Apparel at Black Diamond. She’s worked for BD for the past six years. First in sales and now on the product side to help BD determine what types of products to make to best serve our customers. Julie is looking forward to meeting local SLC climbers and listening to their feedback on apparel to help improve our product line for future seasons!

Kristen Phipps, L.Ac.

When I started climbing over 30 years ago, it was love at the first hold – I fell in love with the mental, physical and spiritual challenges that climbing represented. I traded in my climbing shoes for acupuncture needles but my love of the art and sport of climbing has never waned. I am excited and honored to share the gift of acupuncture with the Salt Lake climbing community.

IG: @wasatch.community.acu

WebsiteWasatch Acupuncture

Laura Berglund, L.Ac.

I have been a climber for 10 years now. I spent six months living out of van and climbing all over the Western US and Canada a few years back. I have never been in better shape or been able to do so many pull ups! I have since become more settled in Salt Lake practicing acupuncture at Wasatch Community Acupuncture. Although my pull up abilities have diminished, I still love casually climbing in the Wasatch and enjoy climbing at The Front when I can. 

IG: @wasatch.community.acu

Website: Wasatch Acupuncture

Lauren Callaway

(She/her) Lauren Callaway spend most of her life close to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and more recently the Wasatch and Uintah Ranges in Utah. Climbing came to her as something to do after she got laid off from her first job out of college in 2009 but is now a crucial part of her life. It’s a constant quest to find balance as she navigates early wakeups and night sessions to squeeze as much climbing as possible around her full-time job in marketing. She is most inspired by the climbing in her backyard; Utah has so much climbing history and so many amazing benchmark lines in all disciplines. 

IG: @laurencallaway

Website: La Sportiva Profile

LIsa & Abby

Abby (left) grew up in Connecticut and eventually made her way to Utah and Lisa (right) was born and raised in Utah. What do these two have in common other than the place they currently call home? BIKES, they both love bikes! Abby and Lisa are core volunteers at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective and assist in the Women, Trans, Femme (WTF) Night program which promotes a safe, inclusive and empowering environment for folks to learn how to work on their bikes. Abby and Lisa are stoked to connect with the climbing community to engage more folks to travel by bike. 

IG: @bicyclecollective

Maggie Odette

When I started climbing in 1998, 5.12 was the holy grail for sport climbers and I thought there was no way I could ever get there. It took me ten years to prove myself wrong, and I haven’t stopped plowing ahead with working to better my skills and improve my performance, redpointing 5.13 at 39 years of age and 5.14 at 44. Now, with 50 fast approaching, I’m climbing the hardest I ever have. I’m deeply, utterly in love with steep, gymnastic climbing movement and the sneaky little tricks and subtleties that come with it. From 2010 until retirement 4 years ago, I was proud to work for The Front and direct the YogaLoft at the Ogden location. I’ve taught yoga on behalf of Petzl at national and international rock climbing events. I’m currently grateful to be supported in my efforts on rock by Adidas Terrex, Five Ten, Send Climbing, and Heat Factory USA. 

IG: @maggieodette

Website: Gravity Chronicles

Michelle Meinking

Michelle is currently the Sports Performance Dietitian for Real Salt Lake, the Major League Soccer Team here in Utah, and works to ensure optimal health and performance of the athletes. Michelle enjoys educating and helping others achieve their goals through healthy lifestyle choices. Michelle has experience with other teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Team USA and the University of Notre Dame. Michelle is originally from Wisconsin and began climbing regularly after moving to Utah three years ago. 

IG: @michelle.meinking  

Website: Michelle Meinking

Nancy Feagin

I am an accountant, a mom and a passionate climber. I first went mountain climbing 40 years ago! I have dabbled in all aspects of the sport. In the early ‘90s I competed in World Cup competitions in Europe. I have done quite a bit of mountaineering, and I guided for Exum Mountain Guides for 15 years. I have climbed Aconcagua, Denali, and Everest. Last year I redpointed my first 5.14a in Maple Canyon, but my favorite type of climbing is big wall/multi-pitch climbing. In the late ‘90s I was the first woman to climb both the Nose of El Capitan and Half Dome in a day. I don’t do much of that type of climbing anymore but it is always a thrill and highlight of my year to be up high on a wall. To be successful big wall climbing requires a combination of strategy, teamwork, fitness, technique, motivation and good luck with weather. I find that combination very engaging! Over the years, I have served on various non-profits boards, and I feel that giving back to the communities we play in is important. I am currently helping on the board of directors of the Honnold Foundation, and I’m super psyched about the great work that is happening with solar energy in communities in need. 

Sandy Moore

I started climbing in 1999 and never stopped. Trad, sport, aid, ice, bouldering, alpine, single-pitch, multi-pitch… I love it all. My current climbing explorations involve hanging upside down from wide cracks. Support for my climbing habit over the years came from computer programming, data management and teaching Pilates. Plus a little dog sledding and organic farming on the side. I received my Climbing Wall Instructor cert in in 2018, and enjoy exploring the vertical world with climbers of all ages and abilities.

Sarah McNurlin, DPT

Sarah McNurlin, DPT, Cert. MDT has worked in orthopedic clinics focusing on evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and problems, with an emphasis on spine pain. She also has extensive experience working with patients suffering from pregnancy/postpartum-related problems.

Sarah joined the team at Grassroots Physical Therapy to be a part of an amazing community that celebrates health and well-being. She loves hiking, biking, climbing, running and adventuring in Utah’s beautiful terrain with her husband, two dogs and friends.

IG: @smcnurlin @grassroots_physical_therapy @terrahealthcollective

Sarah Jane Burkholz

Sarah Jane is the director of yoga at The Front Climbing Club in Salt Lake City and has been teaching there since 2010. She continues to intensively study yoga, sanskrit and philosophy in India and the US. She started her Ashtanga practice in 1998.

IG: @purnamidam

Website: Ashtanga River

Shannon O'Grady

With a doctorate in Biology from the University of Utah, Shannon OGrady is the CPO/COO of Gnarly Nutrition and has the pleasure of working with Gnarly’s athletes to help them optimize both their daily and performance nutrition. Her research in nutritional physiology and her own obsession with sports nutrition has made her a strong spokesperson in the space of nutrition for athletes of all disciplines. A mother of two and competitive athlete herself, Shannon is continuously looking at the crossroads between training and nutrition for insights on improving performance, reducing injury and increasing longevity.

IG: @shaogrady @gnarlynutrition

Steph Nally

Steph is a yoga teacher with a degree in Exercise & Sport Science and a Nutrition Minor from the University of Utah, and she has deeply studied and been influenced by Ashtanga, Hatha, Tantra and Kundalini yoga traditions since 2012. She has a playful yet grounded approach to yoga, and her intention is to connect you with your breath, alignment and a deep sense of strength you may have forgotten about. Steph currently teaches yoga at The Front and throughout the valley, and she leads immersive retreats around the world that offer the opportunity to dive deeper into traditional practices, recalibrate your nervous system and establish balancing rituals that you can incorporate into your daily life.

IG: @steph.nally 

Website: Steph Nally

Taylor Lynch

I have a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Utah. My work involves both individual and group sessions on mental skills to help performance such as confidence, handling fear, dealing with nerves, and teamwork. I’ve also been climbing off and on for the last four years (and am a Front member!) and have put the mental skills that I teach to the test in my own climbing.

Winslow Passey

I am Winslow Passey, owner of In The Company of Guides guide service. I have been guiding for 19 years and work locally with Utah Mountain Adventures guiding backcountry skiing in the winter and rock/alpine climbing in the summer. I am passionate about mindset training and health for athletes. I work as a health coach where I founded Vibrant Health Evolution to guide people in Higher Health and Happiness. Last year’s trad anchor clinic was a blast and people loved it.

IG: @vibrant_health_evolution @inthecompanyofguides

Keynote Presentation: Mid-Life Crushing

It’s hard to ignore the fact that our bodies change as we age, but those changes don’t always have to mean it’s time to give up on pushing our limits. Humans are adaptable creatures, and with strategic adjustments to the way we approach training, nutrition and climbing days it’s possible to  keep moving the bar a little bit further despite the fact of getting older! 

Our special 2019 keynote presentation “Mid-Life Crushing; How to climb harder through your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond” was be led by Carrie CooperEsther SmithLauren CallawayMaggie Odette and Nancy Feagin.