June 1, 2015


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Board Members


Eric Barnard | Finance & Fundraising, Ice Park, and Access
Coming Soon…

Sean Foster | Vice President | Messaging & Outreach, Bolting, and Access

Sean has only been climbing since 2008, but has quickly become a very important part of the community. He’s a huge help with crushing the workload for Events and has a big part in communication for the MCA. He prefers sport climbing, and spends the rest of his time being a dad, organizing TCRC Meetup Groups, and is the occasional disc golfer.

Bryan Karban | Finance & Fundraising, Messaging & Outreach, Ice Park, and Membership

Bryan has been climbing since 2002.  He has been involved in the Minnesota climbing community since moving back from Colorado in 2012 when he started teaching, guiding, and helping out with the Sandstone Ice Park.  Currently he is the Climbing Coordinator for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Outdoor Program. Bryan prides himself in being a bit of an all-arounder as a climber.  He loves climbing rocks, ice, snow, and pebbles from 14 to 14,000 feet high.  When not climbing, Bryan makes kick ass coffee, cooks, and chill doing just about every form of human powered outdoor recreation.

Lucas Kramer | Ice Park and Access

Lucas is the newest MCA board member, representing the North Shore region. He’s been hanging on rock for 13 years, and fancies himself a Trad Man. “Carrying and extra 30 lbs of gear really helps to motivate me.” WHA?? Off the rock you can find him plucking on a banjo, cross country skiing or racing in triathlons.

Lynn Larson | Treasurer | Finance & Fundraising and Ice Park

Lynn has been 2 inches too short for the last 12 years. She’s an active and founding board member for the MN Climbing Co-op. She lives for bouldering, but can been seen on a rope on the rare occasion.

Peter Lenz | Finance & Fundraising, Messaging & Outreach, Ice Park, and Membership

Peter has been climbing since 2007 and joined the Board in 2015. He never climbs as often he would like. But, Peter takes advantage of all the climbing that Minnesota has to offer from rock to ice. He assists the MCA with its internet presence as well as the ice farming effort at the Sandstone Ice Park. He reveres the community, personal challenge, exploration and adventure intrinsic to the endeavor of climbing. When not tied in, Peter loves to immerse himself in Minneapolis’ bike culture, taking on alleycat races, group rides or gravel road 100 milers. He also enjoys making vegan tacos.

James Loveridge | President | Finance & Fundraising, Messaging & Outreach, Ice Park, Bolting, Access, and Membership

James has been climbing since ’90, and on the MCA board since 2003. He’s heavily involved in the Sandstone Ice Park, Bolting, and general climbing geekery committees. He likes trad rock with trad ice/mixed as a close second; anything scary and engaging. His life outside of climbing includes sailing (not often enough), house remodeling (way too much), and working as a sales rep in the outdoor industry.

Bob Omann | Bolting and Access

Bob started climbing in 2008 when he showed up at Willow psyched on hang-doging the warm ups. He’s the newest MCA board member and will be working on rebolting efforts as well as access issues.  He tries to push himself in all disciplines of climbing, sport, trad, and bouldering. But a residual snowboard habit seems to get in the way of learning to ice climb.  Family, fishing, hunting, cycling, woodcutting, and other upper-midwestern hobbies take up the rest of his time not spent hanging on a rope or sitting on a crashpad.

Andy Routt | Secretary | Finance & Fundraising, Ice Park, and Membership

Andy started climbing in 2010 and loves traveling to beautiful places to climb.  As Secretary, he takes lots of notes and keeps the paper work in order for the MCA. He prefers ice and sport, but wishes he had more time for multi-pitch.

Lacy Shelby | Messaging & Outreach, and Access
Coming Soon…

Phaydara Vongsavanthong | Finance & Fundraising, Messaging & Outreach, and Membership

He’s been climbing since ’96. He’s the mastermind of our Events and Marketing Committee. He’s deep into climbing. When he’s not clinging to the rock he likes to eat, bike, nap, dominate in ping-pong, and make pretty things. Pi is also the regional coordinator for the Access Fund.