DOUG COSBY, Owner, General Manager
Doug has been climbing and teaching climbing for over 30 years. He has climbed dozens of 5.13 and hundreds of 5.12 climbs. In the early 90s he established over 50 first assents at the New River Gorge and discovered and spearheaded the development of the climbing at Summersville Lake. Although he is known as a sport climber he has actually spent far more days placing gear than clipping bolts. Doug was a founding and managing partner in Sportrock Climbing Centers in the Washington DC area. In 1997 he sold his share of that company and moved with his wife Page to Charlotte. They opened Inner Peaks the next year.
PAGE LEE, Owner
Page has worked in the climbing gym industry for the past 15 years as a route setter, instructor and gym manager. Her personal climbing has focused on sport and competition, with accomplishments including 5.12 on-sights and a top-30 national competitive ranking. In addition to her duties at Inner Peaks, she is married to Doug Cosby—her business partner and co-owner of Inner Peaks. She is also a full-time parent to her two kids, and maintains a regular yoga practice.
T WEIS, Business Manager
T has been with Inner Peaks since the climbing gym opened in 1998, working in just about all capacities including, but not limited to: managerial, youth and adult instruction and route setting. Her experience as a recreational climber, both indoor and outdoors, has provided her with the knowledge to help climbers in meeting their goals. As Office Manager, she is also the go-to person for just about anything, but particularly anything about your membership needs.
BRETT CRAWFORD, General Manager & Director of Retail Sales
A recent graduate of Clemson University, Brett has devoted his love and passion for climbing to helping people engage in the vertical adventure. He has been climbing since 2006 and feels right at home clipping draws at sport climbing mecca’s such as the Red River Gorge. He has received a Climbing Wall Instructor certification from the American Mountain Guide Association and has been learning the art of route setting. Brett is a serious gear junkie and his easy going demeanor gives him the ability to help customers find the gear they need and provide them with knowledgeable answers to any questions they may have. He is excited about being a part of the Inner Peaks team and looking forward to working hard.
NATE HIGGS, Director of Marketing and Instruction
Nate grew up in south Georgia, where he spent as much time as possible outside. He was introduced to rock climbing at 18 when he went to college in Vermont. During school, he worked as a climbing leader for his school’s outdoor program. After college, Nate moved to Colorado, where he worked first as a gear rental office manager and then as a wilderness therapy instructor. Now at Inner Peaks, he is excited to be back in a climbing-focused environment.
FRITZ ROTHEN, Director of Group Sales
After graduating college in Pennsylvania in 2005, Fritz spent five years chilling in the sun on Florida’s sunny beaches. Unfortunately, there isn’t any climbing down there, which has fortunately brought Fritz here to Charlotte and Inner Peaks. Fritz is excited to be in an electrically charged climbing community. Check in with Fritz for some gear suggestions as well as help booking your next group outing.
SEAN WIEBOLDT, Head Coach of Climbing Teams
Born and raised in New England, Sean has lived in most of the states up in the Northeast as well as California, and he is glad to now find himself in the warm weather of North Carolina. Sean has worked in the outdoor industry in one form or another for nearly 9 years now, with most of that time spent working with and instructing youth of various ages and demographics, from at-risk-teens to college groups to kids with Asperger’s. When not working, he can usually be found out rock climbing, hiking, Alpining, camping, backpacking, mountain-biking, or just tossing around a Frisbee with friends.
STEPHEN MEINHOLD, Head Route Setter
A hometown boy, Stephen has been climbing at Inner Peaks since the doors opened in 1998. Stephen has spent the past 17 years climbing all over the U.S. and has even made it to Spain, but his favorite crag will always be the perfect sandstone of the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, WV. After stints in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, Stephen has now returned to Charlotte to train hard and get outside all months of the year. He has notable first ascents of boulder problems around North Carolina and in Las Vegas and also has a slew of FAs at the New. He’s also spent the past decade competing in regional and national competitions earning numerous top five finishes and has even taken top honors a few times. For the past four years, Stephen has been setting professionally, but he’s been putting holds on the wall on and off for the past 12 years. Stephen looks forward to getting your feedback on routes and to reintegrating into the local climbing community.