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
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.