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 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 routesetter. He's also kinda intense when it comes to his own climbing with accents 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.

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.