Meet the Coaches

Earth Treks Meet the Coaches

Janet Hirsch Team Manager

Janet Hirsch, Team Manager / Indoor Climbing School Director:

Janet’s first taste of climbing was in the 2nd grade, and she’s had the climbing bug ever since. While attending University at SUNY New Paltz, the home of the Gunks, Janet was introduced to the joys of multi-pitch trad climbing. For the next two years, she balanced school with climbing every weekend and working at the local indoor gym.

After moving to Baltimore Janet began working for Earth Treks as an instructor and part time assistant coach, and in 2012 became the lead instructor for Earth Treks Columbia.

In the summer of 2013 Janet became the Indoor Climbing School Director for all Maryland based programming, with climbing team management being one of her primary responsibilities.

Janet is thrilled with the opportunity to continue working with the Team and she can’t wait to see what amazing progress the Team makes this year.

Lawrence Osefoh, Columbia Head Coach:


Justin Wyse, Timonium Head Coach:

Justin graduated from Western Washington University in the winter of 2013 with a BA in Therapeutic Recreation. While earning his degree, he founded, coached, and competed on Western’s climbing team, which won 3 consecutive back to back championship titles in the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit. This experience cemented his passion for climbing, especially competitive climbing.

Over the years, Justin has worked as a head route setter at his college, at Seattle Bouldering Project running youth programs, and at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center in Colorado, running outdoor programs for people with disabilities
Most recently Justin worked in Washington D.C., teaching student leadership through the National Young Leaders Conference, where he fortuitously found out about Earth Treks.

Justin’s favorite place to climb is among the boulders in Joe’s Valley (Utah), but he’s learning to love East Coast climbing.



Daniel Clarke, Rockville Head Coach: