About Moments Climbing
Created in Scandinavia, and currently operating the 3 Kiipeilyareena facilities in Finland – Moments Climbing intends to be the world leader in the development and operations of commercial climbing gyms. The people behind the company are a mix of experienced global businessmen & those who have helped shape the indoor climbing industry over the past decade, all of whom are passionate rock climbers. Blue Swan Boulders, opening September 2020, will be our first US location and the first ever transatlantic climbing facility.
Meet the Team
Vice President of Moments Climbing/Head Setter
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh suburbs, Dean has dreamed of opening a climbing gym in his hometown ever since taking a 1 credit rock climbing course at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. Since then Dean has held almost every position in an indoor climbing gym and has positioned himself at the forefront of the indoor climbing industry.
Dean began his profession as the Lead Instructor and Route Setter at the Earth Treks’ Rockville location, the largest indoor climbing gym in the country at the time. Shortly thereafter, Dean moved to Santa Barbara, CA to manage and route set at the region’s first indoor climbing gym. After several successful years working in the Southern CA market, Dean accepted a position with Walltopia, the world’s leading climbing wall manufacturer. As the Head of Sales at Walltopia, Dean was exposed to nearly every new and existing gym in the country. He acted as a trusted design consultant, operational advisor, and account manager for new and expanding operators. Throughout his career Dean always focused on improving the customer experience especially for those new to the sport.
Dean found his passion in route setting and has moderated panel discussions, contributed to committees, and lead workshops focused on making route setting more inclusive. Dean believes in athletic empathy and that route setting needs to meet the unique needs of all climbers, whether they’re first timers, frequent visitors, or professionals.
Andrew Straub joins Moments Climbing with 8 years of experience in the climbing industry. Growing up in Maryland, Andrew got his start in the industry with Earth Treks Climbing working as an Instructor, Supervisor, Assistant Director of Instruction, and eventually as the Program Manager for the Earth Treks Crystal City, VA and Earth Treks Rockville, MD locations. Andrew brings his years of operational and programming experience to his new adventures with Moments Climbing.
Climbing changed Andrew’s life growing up by introducing him to new places and people, inspiring him to dedicate his life to the sport. He believes climbing is a powerful way to realize your own potential, both physically and mentally. As a coach he shares that passion with others to give them the skills, knowledge, and support they need to also find meaning, self-confidence, connections, and fun in climbing.
Now, he hopes to bring those strengths and values to the climbing community of Pittsburgh! By developing a high-performing, passionate, values-driven team, Andrew is excited to offer the experience of climbing to the community he owes it all to.
Deputy Gym Director
Hana Ko joins Moments Climbing with 9 years of experience in running small businesses, along with a strong passion for climbing and customer satisfaction. With extensive knowledge in engaging with customers and the community, Hana will bring a whole new set of skills that will ensure Iron City Boulders exceeds expectations. Hana brings in her experience of leading a driven team, administrative operations, and supply chain management.
Hana started climbing about 3 years ago, after visiting Earth Treks in Rockville, MD. The community she was interacting with along with the extremely friendly staff, made her immediately fall in love with the sport. Hana plans to bring that same energy and friendliness to Iron City Boulders so everyone feels like they belong and are in a safe and fun environment.
When Hana is not climbing, she enjoys learning how to skateboard, snowboarding with friends, and any opportunities for new challenges and adventures. Hana is excited to offer her skills and passions to the Moments Climbing team!