Meet the Coaches
Will 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.
Rowland Chen, Assistant Coach
Rowland began climbing around ten years ago on a Boy Scout trip to the Boston Rock Gym and was instantly hooked. He started going to the gym many times a week with his dad and little brother. Once he was in high school, Rowland, along with his two brothers, joined Team Waimea (a competitive climbing team run by Aleksey Shuruyev out of the BRG) and got a job as a belayer at the BRG. Although Rowland was not the strongest competitor, he was able to claim second at Bouldering Regionals as well as a spot at Sport Climbing Nationals for speed climbing. In 2011, Rowland coached the Cliffhangers Climbing Classes, a youth program meant to give kids a more in depth introduction to climbing. In addition to competitive climbing, Rowland spent his summers in Rumney, NH as a camp counselor for the Waimea Summer Camp. Here he was able to climb hundreds of routes, including his first 5.12s and .13s. In addition to Rumney, Rowland has climbed all over the country in places like Red Rocks, NV; Red River Gorge, KY; Joe’s Valley, UT; Rifle, CO; El Rito, NM; Indian Creek, UT; and an international trip to Suriana, Spain.
Rowland graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2016. It was here that he started to explore Clear Creek and other areas in Colorado and the southwest. He was able to send his first 5.14 and V10’s, learn how to trad climb, and tick off a number of classic .12s and .13s, all while somehow finding time to go to school.
Carissa Gross, Assistant Coach & Team Coordinator
Carissa started climbing in 2011, while visiting Denver. After trying a boulder problem at a local gym she immediately fell in love. Back at home in Brandon, South Dakota, she traveled 45 miles north to climb at the small South Dakota State University wall. It wasn’t much but it was enough for train and get a little stronger! When Carissa moved to Denver she got her first gym membership at Rock’n and Jam’n in Thornton and has since expanded her horizons, climbing frequently at Joe’s Valley and other local bouldering areas. Along with being an assistant coach for Earth Treks, Carissa is also a freelance photographer and a videographer editor working with Wedding Memories of Omaha. Along with training for climbing, she enjoys training on obstacles similar to what you see on American Ninja Warrior.
Carissa grew up in the small town of Brandon, South Dakota playing volleyball, basketball, track and fast-pitch softball. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in December of 2010 with a degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism.