MEET OUR TEAM

With good people and a great project, you never have to look back...

But you always want to.

A ground-up build requires a world-class team of architects, engineers, and consultants. We interviewed nearly every shop in town to find the most qualified and passionate people around. The result is a team that feels like family.

 


Our Location

We're building this for you

 

We started by looking at shopping centers and old warehouses up and down the 101 corridor. After a year and a half and a few opportunities to rush ahead, we decided to go back to square one, literally.

 
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965 South A Street was the first location we looked at back in 2015. It is an empty lot on a sleepy section of South A Street. It's in the heart of Santa Rosa, and it's awesome.

 

 

        Though a ground-up build will take longer to open than a warehouse conversion, we believe making Session a truly unique experience requires more than the best climbing terrain around: we want to create a destination for our community.

MEET THE FOUNDERS

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KEVIN

JORGESON

Most people recognize Kevin for the first ascent of the Dawn Wall - the world's hardest big wall climb - in Yosemite National Park.

What most don't know is that Kevin is a Santa Rosa native who got his start with climbing by face planting out of his front yard tree and breaking his wrist. Luckily, his skills have since improved.

For Kevin, Session is a passion project to which he brings 16 years of route setting experience, elite level coaching experience, and an OCD for attention to detail.

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MIKE SHAFFER

Mike ended an extended road trip after graduate school for one reason: to create a world-class climbing gym in his hometown. It's time to give back.

Mike is a Santa Rosa local and has worked in climbing gyms since 2000. He's done pretty much all of it, from belay staff to head route setter. He's also kinda intense when it comes to his own climbing with ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, rope-solo accents of Washington's Column and the Rostrum, and a healthy appetite for bouldering.