OUR TEAM

CORY HANSON

General Manager/Head Route Setter/Co-Founder

Over his twenty plus years of climbing, Cory has done nearly every job you can do in a climbing gym.  However, most of his background is in routesetting. In that role, he gets to play choreographer and interactive installation artist. He has practiced this art everywhere from walls he has built in garages, apartments, and backyards to the national competitive stage. As much as he loves creating climbing in the gym, his real passion is being in the mountains applying his practice to the challenges the earth has crafted. He has developed hundreds of boulder problems and dozens of sport routes around Tucson and he has his sights set on more. The climbing gym is the foundation for Cory’s outdoor pursuits. He wants to share the fitness, camaraderie, and lifestyle that can be fostered by the climbing gym with as many people as he can. If you see him be sure to say hello and tell him about your last or, even better, your next adventure.

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GUSTAVO FIGUEROA

Head Coach/Route Setter

Gustavo is a climbing and strength coach with six years of experience helping athletes and non-athletes of all ages grow in their sport. He specializes in articulating the complexities of climbing and strength training in simple to understand ways. He will help you get stronger and move better.

 

From early on in his climbing career, Gustavo knew that climbing and teaching others to climb would be his passion. Whether it's teaching children how to reach that next hold, or adults how to drop-knee, you'll always feel his joy radiate.  You can also always see a smile on his face, even with the mask on.

 

To get your program started on the right foot, speak to a staff member, or email him at gustavo@rocksolidclimbing.com.

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EVAN MARLATT

Route Setter/Retail Manager

Evan Marlatt helped us with our opening set Summer 2020 and we loved his style. He has fallen in love with the desert southwest, the climbing community, and the city of Tucson during his past visits and wanted to join us. He has 10 years of routesetting experience and has achieved Level 4 USAC routesetter status. He has experience setting at many gyms around the country but most recently was the head routesetter for two gyms in the Philadelphia, PA area. His favorite climbing destination is Chattanooga, TN. He has a 5 year old German Shepherd named Ciena, and when he is not climbing you may be able to find him woodworking. Welcome Evan! 

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CARLTON TAYLOR

Co-Founder

Carlton feels that life is most rewarding when there is a challenge to conquer. His determination earned him a state championship in Tennis his senior year of high school. He also played at a collegiate level at BYU-Hawaii. After a two year volunteer mission, graduating from dental school, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Carlton had time to find a new challenging hobby. He wanted to find something his whole family could all share together. That's when he fell in love with rock climbing. Rock Solid Climbing became a vision that would make it possible to enjoy everything he loves together: family, friends, physical challenge, and fun!

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LINDSEY TAYLOR

Co-Founder

Lindsey comes from an adventurous family who could often be found hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, or kayaking in and around Southern Utah.  While a college student she enjoyed teaching dance and fitness classes and performing on dance teams. After attending university for a while, Lindsey took a break from college to volunteer at orphanages in Ecuador and to do an 18 month volunteer mission in British Columbia. Following her graduation from college, she and her husband Carlton started a family.  They now have four beautiful and energetic children. Having a fun place for the whole family to climb and work out year round in Northwest Tucson was a big motivating factor for starting Rock Solid Climbing.