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About The NAZCC

Our Mission

The NAzCC is an advocacy group dedicated to preserving public access and promoting stewardship of climbing resources throughout Northern Arizona

Our Values

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

Cory Quackenbush
NAZCC President

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!

Drew Peltier
ARI Lead

Drew Peltier(he/him) is originally from California but first found climbing in southern Michigan, where there are no rocks. After moving to AZ in 2013, he really got into this whole rock climbing thing, becoming a sometimes route developer and crowbar enthusiast. Drew joined the NAZCC to help with the anchor replacement initiative and other re-bolting work. 

Blake Mccord
NAZCC Treasurer

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 Khurana
Board Member

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 Henrie
Board Member

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 Sabourin
Board Member

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
Board Member

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.

Amylee Thornhill
Board Member

Amylee Thornhill has been climbing for 30+ years and teaching rock climbing for 20. She was raised in a climbing family and has spent all of her life on the rock. Amylee first began rock guiding in 2004 and has continued to be an accomplished rock guide and instructor in Arizona. Amylee received the 2020 Stone Woman award from the Arizona Women’s Climber’s Coalition for her dedication and mentorship of sharing the sport of climbing with women across the state. You can reach her at

Derek Field
Board Member

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.