Social Media Coordinator
Don enjoys being a part of the local climbing community. That’s the best part of climbing.
He partakes in any and all aspects of climbing - sport, trad, long routes, short routes, big walls, or new routes. It’s all good. Except ice climbing, that’s too cold. And bouldering, he’s too old for that.
He and his wife Karen love to travel to climb, and still travel to different areas a few months every year. They have been fortunate to climb and meet new people at climbing areas all over the world and across the US.
Don has been CASA’s Social Media Coordinator for several years, and is also part of the Anchor Replacement Team.
If you see a tall guy out at the crags, it might be him. Come up and say hi.
Russ is originally from Texas, and first started climbing with his wife Carrie when they moved to Arizona in 2010. Russell and his family (4 children) especially love scenic hikes to quiet crags with moderate sport routes, but he has been lucky enough to experience some of Southern AZ’s more epic offerings like Baboquivari.
After years of benefiting from the stewardship of other volunteers while they raised their kids on the trails and crags, Russ and his family are excited to give back to the land and community that has given them so much.
Russ is on the Board of Directors for CASA and serves as the Promotions Coordinator – always on a mission to get out more sweet CASA swag.
Paul is originally from Casper, Wyoming. He learned to climb in Law School in Laramie, Wyoming/Vedauwoo. His favorite type of climbing is trad, as "trad is rad."
Paul is on the CASA Board of Directors and volunteers at Adopt-a-Crag events, whenever possible.
His goal is to promote safe use of climbing areas around southern Arizona.
His favorite climbing location is Vedauwoo in Wyoming.
Toni started downhill skiing in her early 20s. Thirty years later, she still skied – and nothing
else! In her early 50s someone talked me into taking some lessons at a climbing gym while Toni was on an extended project out of state. The gym experience led to an outdoor climbing
outing. That event set the hook; Toni fell in love with climbing and rediscovered a love of being outdoors that she had neglected for far too long.
Climbing got Toni started on an array of other outdoor pursuits – hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, etc. It just goes to show it’s never too late to start!
Originally hailing from the pancake-flat Midwest, Andy cut his climbing teeth in the early 2000s on the wild granite cracks and slabs of Colorado's South Platte. Since then he's been lucky to visit a variety of climbing areas around the world, but his power spot will probably always remain in California's Eastern Sierra.
He enjoys sailing off of bolts as much as fiddling around with traddy widgets, and loves traditional alpine granite over most things; he does love pebble wrestling, but hasn't found a good enough reason locally to invest in a mattress yet. He's been an active CASA member since the group's inception, replacing old bolts around the region and leading erosion control crews during Adopt-a-Crags on Mt. Lemmon.
He envisions a future where CASA is a partner in building a connected, cooperative, and strongly inclusive outdoor community that can achieve positive on-the-ground impacts that equally benefit the climbing community and the native ecosystems where we're privileged to climb. Andy also spends his free time backpacking, botanizing, and banging away on the mandolin.