Fixed Hardware Review Committee Members
FHRC members are listed below with their term expiration date.
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FHRC Chair: Beth Bennet (12/31/2014)
Beth started climbing at the ripe old age of 19, on the runout granite slabs of North Carolina, well before the bolting movement was conceived. The elegant movement won her heart and she's been addicted ever since. Although she can climb cracks, face climbing is a definite preference and she was the first woman to free climb many Colorado classics including the Naked Edge, Jules Verne, and the Yellow Wall of the Diamond. Now, older and wiser, she still likes to crank but spends more time working, probing the secrets of the genes.
Todd Felix (AMGA, 12/31/2012)
After cutting his teeth at The Gunks, Todd moved back to Colorado and developed a true passion for Eldorado Canyon State Park. Eldo is World Class climbing, and it's right in our backyard - who could ask for more? A frequent instructor for the Colorado Mountain Club, and an aspiring AMGA guide, Todd can be found most weekends, and many weekday evenings climbing in Eldo. Well, except when the rock is covered with snow and ice... usually. As a Wildlife Biologist, Todd appreciates the beauty of the natural environment. As a climber and ACE board member, he seeks to help conserve the identity and natural wonder of Eldo for climbers as well as other Park users.
Greg German (CMC, 12/31/2014)
Greg hails from Louisiana, where climbing opportunities are pretty much limited to trees. After moving to Colorado in 2000, a Colorado Mountain Club mountaineering course launched him into making up for lost time. He learned to lead in Eldorado Canyon and has pursued climbing with an obsessive zeal. He directed the CMC Trad Lead school for 5 years and developed a taste for introducing new climbers to the sport. He's since taken a liking to bigwalling and professional guiding as an AMGA certified rock instructor. The enchanted vibe that Eldo exudes keeps him coming back every free moment of the climbing season. Greg works as a luthier (he makes and repairs acoustic guitars.) Occasionally, he also makes rock climbing gear.
George Bell (AAC, 12/31/12)
George Bell has been climbing in Eldorado Canyon since 1983, when he tried to lead Rosy Crucifixion (unsuccessfully). He started climbing in 1977 at Joshua Tree, and lived in California in the 80's where long climbs in Yosemite taught him the value of making it off a climb before the sun sets. In the 80's, he went on numerous climbing expeditions to Alaska, Peru, and Canada. George is not a rock climbing specialist and has dabbled in many different types of climbing--from mountaineering and ice climbing to aid climbing and even paragliding. He even went bouldering once. His interest now lies in helping to preserve Eldorado Canyon for generations of climbers yet to come. He and his wife live in Boulder with their two kids, ages 7 and 10. He works as a software developer and scientist in a plasma physics research firm.
Brady Robinson (Access Fund, 12/31/2014)
Brady first climbed in Eldorado in 1996 while travelling through on a climbing trip. He has lived in Boulder since 2007 and calls Eldorado his favorite local area. A veteran of many domestic road trips and over 20 international climbing trips, he has fond memories of adventures in areas such as Patagonia, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru and Thailand. He spend most of his 20s working as a guide and instructor for NOLS and North Carolina Outward Bound. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Access Fund and chairs the steering committee of the Outdoor Alliance. His personal climbing goals are much closer to home these days; he fears he has too many projects in Eldo, the Flatirons and RMNP to complete in this lifetime. He has a passion for both conservation and recreational access protection, and sees volunteering for ACE as a natural outgrowth of his day job. He is married to Lucia Robinson and is the proud father of his daughter Tessa.
Byron Murray (at large, 12/31/2014)
Byron is a Colorado native who first started climbing in 1996 when he moved to Boulder. His first trad climb in Eldorado Canyon State Park was on Calypso in 1999. Eldorado remains his favorite local climbing area today. He loves how the green and yellow lichen stand out from the dark red, conglomerate sandstone. He also appreciates that climbing in Eldorado Canyon can be odd and that it requires some getting used to. This is the price of entry to such a magical place. Byron is currently breaking into the 5.11's in Eldorado. He has also climbed sport and trad in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Mexico, Greece, Slovenia, Thailand, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He prefers trad climbing over sport climbing because it leaves a minimal trace and allows you to get up high on multi-pitch routes. His priority on the ACE board is to maintain the traditional nature of climbing and to preserve the nature of classic free climbing with the goals of preservation, safety, and access in Eldorado. In addition to climbing, his passions include travel, skiing, and mountain biking. Byron has been a member of the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol since 1986. He currently works as a Product Quality Professional for technology companies and lives in Boulder with his wife, Carolyn.
Stefan Griebel (at large, 12/31/2012)
Stefan's first-ever trad lead was Eldorado Canyon's famous Bastille Crack in 1995, which he led using his brand new rack - 1 cam, a set of nuts, and a few hexes. Since then, he's collected many more cams and climbed many, many more of Eldo's beautiful and inspiring routes. Hard free climbs, easy solos, moderate classics - he loves them all! Stefan is interested in protecting and preserving the nature of climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park and has finally put his body where his mouth is by applying to the ACE Board. He loves the outdoors, and is just as frequently found with a mountain bike, skis, or trail-running shoes, as he is with a climbing rack. He currently works as an Electrical Engineer and lives in Boulder with his wife, Sheryl.
Joseph Crotty (12/31/2013)
After moving to Colorado in the mid 80's Joe's dad starting taking him to Eldo and showing him the ropes - pun intended. Eldo has always held a strong magnetic pull and exuded a deep influence on his climbing trajectory. Every opportunity to steal away to Eldo is happily weighed year round when not working as a software engineer. Other passions including mountain biking, hunting and birding.
STEPHEN "CRUSHER" BARTLETT (at large, member emeritus)
I've climbed for thirty years, and lived in Boulder since 1983. My fingers have explored climbs all over the U.S. and in Britain, France, Spain, Greece, Mexico and Canada -- I always love coming back to Eldo. The rock is polychrome perfection, sculpted by wind, water and gravity's whimsy into a place a rock climber can call home. But the canyon is small, the rock is finite, and many, many climbers regard Eldo as their home. Each generation of climbers has different ideas about climbing: what is possible, what is safe, what is convenient, and what is worth preserving. The FHRC process gives all interested climbers a voice in the future of climbing in our fragile shared canyon.
This page last revised on September 24 2012