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.



Jeff Achey (Rocky Mountains, USA)

Jeff Achey holds a masters degree in experiential education and has taught climbing in various venues since 1982. He has written extensively about climbing philosophy and technique as a journalist and editor at Climbing magazine, and was the project editor for Arno Ilgner’s books, The Rock Warrior’s Way and Espresso Lessons. Jeff was one of the first Warrior’s Way students, and later helped refine the content of the Espresso Clinic.
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Jeff has been living and climbing in Colorado since 1974. His first ascents there and in Utah’s Canyonlands are intimately connected with the history of those areas. His climbing interests range from bouldering and sport climbing to runout trad routes and big walls, and his travels have taken him to climbing areas throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Jeff holds a masters degree in experiential education and has taught climbing in various venues since 1982. He has written extensively about climbing philosophy and technique as a journalist and editor at Climbing magazine, and was the project editor for Arno Ilgner’s books, The Rock Warrior’s Way and Espresso Lessons. Jeff was one of the first Warrior’s Way students, and later helped refine the content of the Espresso Clinic.

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Jeff has been living and climbing in Colorado since 1974. His first ascents there and in Utah’s Canyonlands are intimately connected with the history of those areas. His climbing interests range from bouldering and sport climbing to runout trad routes and big walls, and his travels have taken him to climbing areas throughout the U.S. and Europe.



Jon Richard (Midwest, 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.

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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, West Virginia, 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.

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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.

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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.



Tracy Martin (Southeast, USA)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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David continúa formándose profesionalmente como coach y programa entrenamientos, sesiones clínicas, diagnósticos y otros cursos durante todo el año  en diferentes partes de España.

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Puedes conocer más sobre su trabajo en su Blog Desnivel y Blog David Villegas



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

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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.

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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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