Meet the Coaches

Earth Treks Meet the Coaches Colorado

Will Anglin CoachWill Anglin, Golden Head Coach:

Will Anglin started climbing in 2001 as part of the Earth Treks Climbing Team. Throughout high school, he spent weekends and holidays making the trek to “local” climbing areas around West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. In 2005 Will began his employment at Earth Treks Rockville as part of the birthday party staff. Before long, he became one of Earth Treks’ youngest climbing instructors. A few years into his climbing career, Will injured his shoulder, igniting a deep interest in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. His passion for knowledge and climbing eventually led him to Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado, where he earned a BA in Outdoor Leadership with a minor in Sports Science.

During his college years, he was able to climb extensively in both Colorado and Utah, repeating many classic routes and establishing nearly 100 new routes and boulder problems up to V12 and 5.13c. Living only an hour away, he was also able to log many ascents of the 2,000ft walls in the notorious Black Canyon of the Gunnison. While in school, Will founded and coached the Western State Climbing Team (2009 Rocky Mountain Regional Champions) and over the summers he returned to Earth Treks as an assistant coach for the Earth Treks Junior Teams. After graduating in May 2012, Will is back in action at Earth Treks and excited to continue sharing his passion for climbing as a part of the Earth Treks community.

Golden Coach Larissa PhillipsLarissa Phillips, Senior Coach

Larissa started with the Estes Park Climbing Team. She dabbled in their after school program, but decided to officially pursue the sport in 1999. She was a competitive indoor climber for 7 years, ranking both nationally and internationally in speed and difficulty. She continued to grow as an outdoor climber throughout college, eventually graduating from Colorado College with a degree in geology, a field that allowed her to see rocks from a different perspective, and a minor in eastern religions. Larissa has climbed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and though she prefers bouldering because of its social appeal and emphasis on movement, her preferences will change based on where she is traveling. Larissa has taught climbing clinics for numerous facilities, and has coached both youth and adults at CityROCK in Colorado Springs. She is excited to be a part of the Earth Treks family, and hopes to share her love of climbing with its patrons.