About The NAZCC
Encouraging responsible environmental stewardship and safe climbing practices
Building relationships with local land managers
Engaging and celebrating both new and long-time members of the climbing community
The NAZCC Board
After one fateful weekend in Rumney, NH, Cory (he/him) moved to Flagstaff in 2007 and set about centering his life around rock climbing. Preferential to bouldering, he enjoys the diversity of rock type and techniques required to wrestle the pebbles of Northern Arizona. As part of the NAZCC, Cory is keen to build partnerships with land managers, steward and preserve our cherished areas, bring all members of the community together, and generally offer a place for folks to share the psych!
Trevor heralds from the frozen north, but escaped Wyoming winters 7 years ago to enjoy the year-round climbing offerings of northern AZ. Despite growing up in the mountains, he has fully embraced the desert and most enjoys long sandstone routes and towers. The Waterfall and Sedona are his preferred local venues, although he isn’t too picky as long as the setting is good and the climbing engaging. Having a blue collar background, he likes the hands-on activities the NAZCC facilitates to benefit the local community, like re-bolting work and trail improvement.
Blake (he/him) learned to climb in Northern Arizona and is inspired by the incredible landscapes, people, and community he’s found here. A photographer, route developer, and climber, Blake’s excited to be part of the NAzCC’s work to build a sustainable Northern Arizona climbing community and to protect and preserve our amazing climbing areas.
Neha (she/hers) is based in Flagstaff, AZ and feels deeply connected to the landscapes of Arizona. She has worked in outdoor education, nonprofit management, and most recently as a grassroots community organizer. Her favorite Arizona crags are Granite Mountain and the Waterfall, although she enjoys all styles of climbing. Neha is excited to grow a more inclusive community that welcomes folks to connect and steward our climbing areas.
Jason (he/him), originally from Bellingham, Washington, has been a Flagstaff resident and worked at the local climbing gym for over two decades. Currently the owner of Flagstaff Climbing, Jason has a passion for serving our amazing community of climbers along with protecting and caring for the wildly diverse and stunning crags of Northern Arizona.
Lor (they/them) fell in love with climbing at a gym in Detroit, Michigan when they were twelve years old. As a young climber, they split their time between competitive climbing and exploring sandstone crags in the southeast. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management, they began working in the climbing industry as a guide, route setter, and coach. They moved to Flagstaff in 2014 and joined the team at Flagstaff Climbing Center, where they now work as the head route setter. They also work as the Training Leader for the Warrior’s Way, a mental training organization that uses climbing as a foundation for developing awareness, engaging challenges with intention, and building personal power. Lor loves all types of climbing, but they are especially psyched on sandstone splitters and roof climbing. Outside of climbing, Lor is working towards a graduate degree in Adventure-Based Counseling.
Mike Vaughn has been grappling rocks in Arizona since 1992. He is a 17 year Flagstaff resident, wildland firefighter, environmental advocate, and international stone connoisseur. Favorite activities include long climbs on the beach and pondering access issues with the NAZCC.
Derek Field (he/him) is a 28-year-old Canadian loving life in Northern Arizona. While studying geology at NAU, he discovered his destiny as a choss-whisperer and subsequently began taking root in Sedona with his joyful wife Giselle. The saying goes that if you live in Sedona, you either have two houses or three jobs; Derek currently works as a hiking guide for Trail Lovers Excursions, as a retail associate for Canyon Outfitters, and as an adjunct professor for Prescott College. For the latter, he acts out his passion teaching field-based courses such as Rock Climbing & Geology. He spends most of his free time exploring hidden pockets of the world, with over 210 documented first ascents across North and South America. As an NAZCC board member, Derek is eager to raise awareness toward responsible climbing ethics, environmental stewardship, and the power of community.