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 5.12’s and .13’s. 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.
Once Rowland graduated high school, he went to the Colorado School of Mines and is currently studying Geophysics. Once there, 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 .12’s and /13’s, all while somehow finding time to go to school.
Cristina Pacheco, Assistant Coach
Cristina began climbing 6 years ago at the Earth Treks gyms in Maryland. She is primarily a sport climber, but enjoys trad climbing and bouldering as well. While living on the east coast, she frequently climbed at the New River Gorge, Red River Gorge, and Seneca. She also explored the Gunks, Rumney, North Conway, and many other crags along the way. In 2012, she took a month long climbing trip to Colorado, and climbed in Rifle, Frisco, Lumpy Ridge, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, and Clear Creek.
Cristina started working for Earth Treks in Rockville, MD in January 2012, and moved to Colorado in 2013 to work at the Golden gym shortly after it opened. She has taught youth clubs, classes, teams, and camps for the duration of her time at ET, and also enjoys instructing adults. She is currently pursuing a degree in Mathematics at MSU Denver, and plans to be a math teacher once she graduates.