Rod is one of the founding members and will serve as our general counsel. He is a Yakima lawyer, climber and poet. He was raised in Selah and has spent most of his adult life living and working in the Yakima Valley. Rod has been a climber for over 50 years, and has seen climbing evolve from goldline ropes, pitons, hip belays, and woolen knickers, to dynamic ropes, lightweight camming devices, grigri’s, specialty climbing clothes, and, now, modern climbing gyms.
With the help of strong partners, Rod has climbed mountains in the Himalaya (Cho-Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world), South America (Huascaran, the second highest peak in the western hemisphere) and the Pamirs in the former Soviet Union. He has also climbed El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley and the north ridge of the Grand Teton. But his first love is the Cascade mountains and Yakima’s Tieton Cliffs, where he has climbed extensively.
Rod is grateful to the older climbers, mostly gone now, who patiently taught him their craft over many years. He is also proud to be part of a group of local climbers who have brought a rock gym to Yakima and will help pass on the long tradition of Yakima climbing to new generations of climbers.