ww Trainers

These instructors have gone through the Warrior’s Way ® trainer process. They teach Warrior’s Way Classes in various parts of the country and abroad.

Jon Richard (Midwest/Northeast, USA)

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Jon holds a bachelors degree in Natural Resources. In June of 2009 Jon decided to leave his job as a science instructor to build Vertical Voyages a climbing company based in St. Louis, MO. Vertical Voyages provides both rock climbing and recreational tree climbing experiences. Jon has worked in the climbing/adventure industry for 12 years.


Vertical Voyages logoJon first began climbing in the Adirondack’s of upstate New York in 1994. It was the remote and “old” school nature of the Adirondacks that helped cultivate Jon’s love for trad climbing. Jon enjoys all aspects of climbing, but really enjoys long trad routes and roof cracks.

ElainaArenezSmith_DSC_5363-w900-h700Elaina Arenz (New River Gorge, WV and Las Vegas, NV USA) 

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Elaina has been climbing full time since the mid 1990s and is the owner of New River Mountain Guides based in the New River Gorge, WV. She has travelled extensively across the North America and Europe following her love of climbing. She is an AMGA Assistant SPI Provider and AMGA certified Rock Guide. Over the years she’s climbed competitively, established numerous first female ascents across the US and Mexico, and is sponsored by La Sportiva Climbing Shoes and Sterling Rope.


New River Mountain GuidesElaina is an Access Fund Athlete Ambassador, a core of professional climbers who publicly represent The Access Fund and reinforce its mission of conserving the climbing environment. Today she serves on the Board of Directors of her local climbing organization the New River Alliance of Climbers and helps organize their annual fundraising event, the New River Rendezvous.

Elaina believes in the importance of being a well rounded climber in all disciplines, and in her personal climbing she focuses on fluidity and impeccable footwork. When not on the rock, Elaina also enjoys surfing, snowboarding, trail running with her dogs, mountain biking and yoga.

Jeff Hearn-cJeffery Hearn (New River Gorge, West Virginia USA)

Contact Jeff: jeff@newriverclimbing.com


Jeff is a native of Northeastern Ohio and has been climbing since 2001. He enjoys both rock and ice climbing. During his early climbing years, he discovered his passion for climbing was rooted in sharing climbing with others. This motivated him to pursue a career as a climbing instructor. In 2011 he started working with New River Mountain Guides in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Currently he is the senior instructor and Operations Manager for the company. When the guiding season ends, he heads to Northeast Ohio to work a few months for his family’s Plumbing and HVAC company. Jeff plans to continue along the AMGA’s Guide track and guide year round.


Jeff’s interest in the Warrior’s Way began after reading The Rock Warrior’s Way book and recommendations from his brother who had participated in a training camp. He participated in a three-day Warrior’s Way camp and also assisted with Warrior’s Way courses after being hired by New River Mountain Guides. Jeff is excited to share the material with climbers and help them along their climbing journey.

Tracy Martin (Las Vegas, NV USA)

Contact Tracy: tracypmartin@me.com


Tracy has been climbing since 1990 and enjoys learning, teaching and sharing skills and experiences with others. She enjoys traditional climbing foremost, but doesn’t mind clipping a bolt every now and then. She believes the challenges and rewards climbing offers have enhanced her life with improved self confidence, appreciation for simplicity, and a desire for growth.


Tracy is an AMGA certified Rock Guide. She works with Fox Mountain Guides in Brevard, NC and New River Mountain Guides in WV. She has a BFA from UNC Greensboro, and operates her own business in Asheville as a Graphic Designer and Pet Portrait Artist.

David Villegas (España)David Villegas logo

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David ayuda a los escaladores a mejorar su habilidad en la escalada y a conocerse mejor a ellos mismos a través de ella. Localiza los aspectos personales y deportivos que puedan estar dificultando la evolución de los escaladores y les acompaña a lo largo de su proceso de aprendizaje. Es certificado como Practitioner en PNL Integrativa por el Centro de Psicología Integral e Instituto de PNL Integrativa y ha estudiado el Eneagrama de Claudio Naranjo y crecimiento personal en la escuela de yoga Sanatana Dharma. Compartir su experiencia en este ámbito y su experiencia alpinística es la pieza clave de su trabajo como coach.

Desde hace más de 15 años, David practica escalada deportiva, tradicional, en hielo, esquí, y ascensiones en altura (Como anécdota, el libro The Rock Warrior´s Way cayó en sus manos en el campo base del Dhaulagiri, Nepal, en 2006). Fué campeón Juvenil de escalada en Castilla y León en 1999 y 2000 y 16º de España en 1999. Ha realizado escaladas y ascensiones en Marruecos, los Alpes, en el Himalaya Nepalí, en Sudamérica y en Estados Unidos. Ha trabajado como cámara de altura, realizado varios trabajos audiovisuales y es autor de varias colecciones fotográficas. Además, escribe regularmente sobre montañismo en un blog de la revista Desnivel y en su blog personal. También es miembro de la Asociación Española de Guías de Montaña  y la Union of International Mountain Leader Associations como guía acompañante y realiza cursos de nivología, gestión del riesgo, liderazgo, y trekking.

David continúa formándose profesionalmente como coach y programa entrenamientos, sesiones clínicas, diagnósticos y otros cursos durante todo el año  en diferentes partes de España. Puedes conocer más sobre su trabajo en su Blog Desnivel y Blog David Villegas

jeff-IMG_6266-c-w800-h600Jeff Lodas (West Coast, USA)

Contact Jeff: jefflodas@gmail.com


Jeff has been rock climbing since the late 1990’s, when he fell for it at Indian Rock while studying at UC Berkeley. He is often found cragging and bouldering, but is most psyched on the long free climbs of Yosemite and the greater Sierra. He is certified as an AMGA SPI and a Wilderness EMT.


For Jeff, practicing and teaching the Warrior’s Way is now at the core of why he climbs. His appreciation for the Warrior’s Way is informed by his diverse interests, including Buddhism, martial arts, aviation, and film.

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Adam Mitchell (Texas, USA)

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Adam has been climbing since the early 2000’s and fell knee deep in love with the sport. It wasn’t long before he took his skills to train others through guiding. He has many first assents in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico and has travelled all over the western US seeking out big climbs. He really loves being High in the mountains despite growing up in a very flat East Texas.


Adam is very involved in the local climbing community being the Texas Chair for the AAC, on local climbing committee’s and very active in bolt maintenance. He feels climbing can be safe even while taking risks inherent in the sport. Mostly, he enjoys seeing the light click when people learn something new or try a new skill that pushes their climbing to the next level. Adam has a BA from ST. Edward’s University, is AMGA SPI (working toward Rock Guide) certified. He is also owner/operator of Rock-About, a guide service in Austin Texas.

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Jes Meiris (Rockies – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA)

Contact Jes: jes.meiris@gmail.com


Jes is a Colorado native whose passion for the outdoors was kindled at a very young age by highly enthusiastic and active parents. After living on both coasts and a few places in between, she makes her home in Colorado Springs during the winter months, and during the summer travels regionally guiding rock climbing trips. A strong leader in the community, she coaches one of the state’s top competitive climbing teams, leads both indoor and outdoor technical skills clinics, serves on the Board of a local climbing advocacy non-profit, and works as a professional model. When she’s not out guiding, she can be found hanging from the face of big walls, bombing down trails on a mountain bike, or sharing smiles with friends at the crag. For Jes there is no better reward than to share her passion for the sport of climbing with those who are eager to learn and ready for a challenge! She has been guiding since 2005.

Check this video about her solo speed record of the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite.

madaleine-portrait-1Madaleine Sorkin (Rockies – Boulder, Colorado, USA)

Contact Madaleine: madaleines@gmail.com


madaleine logo-1Madaleine Sorkin is a leading big wall free climber in North America, with ascents in Yosemite, the Black Canyon, and Zion. At 15, Madaleine was introduced to climbing long routes through an adventure camp in Colorado.  She and another camper were guided up their first multi-pitch climb on a fourteener. At 20, Madaleine began guiding and instructing. She’s taught teens in adventure programs through organizations such as Outpost Wilderness Adventure and instructed clients with specific climbing goals through Aspen Expeditions. She completed the AMGA Rock Guides course in 2005.

Looking back at any achievement, Madaleine notes how attainable a goal becomes once we’re able to understand how to work with our doubts and emotions that arise while climbing, particularly when we don’t complete our goals. Such experiences provide opportunities for understanding our motivation for climbing. At the heart of her climbing is the need for being outside, and a passion for the partnerships, inspirations, struggle and humor that make the pursuit meaningful. As a guide, she loves providing a simple day out climbing for a client or outlining an incremental learning process towards a client’s particular goal over several climbing days. She currently works primarily through Boulder Rock Club and Colorado Mountain School.

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