Dan Hague founded and led Sportrock Climbing Centers in the Washington D.C. area for its first 11 years. In that time, Sportrock grew to become the East Coast’s largest climbing company with three indoor facilities, extensive indoor and outdoor instructional offerings, and a reputation for excellence within the climbing industry.
Dan has been climbing for over 35 years and teaching the sport for 13. He developed and continually improved the operational standards by which Sportrock ran. He has vast experience recruiting, hiring, training and managing climbing gym staff. In addition, his coaching clients have included many climbers in the junior divisions who have gone on to impressive finishes in local, regional, and national competitions.
During his tenure at Sportrock Dan developed the successful Fast Forward Progression, a series of classes that helped thousands of Sportrock customers acquire climbing movement skills quickly and effectively. Dan, along with co-author Doug Hunter, wrote The Self Coached Climber in which he reveals the many principles, tips, and tricks which make his instructional method so successful. Dan’s own climbing keeps getting better as he ages having redpointed a number of New River Gorge 5.13s after turning forty.
In 2007 Dan opened his fourth climbing gym in Lynchburg, Virginia under the name Rise Up Climbing.
Currently Dan is Chairman of the Climbing Wall Association‘s Operational Standards and Climbing Wall Instructor Committees. On nice weekends you can still find him clinging to the walls in the New River Gorge.
Douglas has been climbing for 28 years and coaching for 18. He’s climbed at numerous sites across the country including the Gunks, North Conway, New River Gorge, Summersville Lake, Rifle, Uniweep Canyon, Hueco Tanks, Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, The Narrows, American Fork, Maple Canyon, Virgin River George, Logan Canyon, Red Rocks, Clark Mtn., Mt. Charleston, New Jack City, Mt. Williamson, Buoux, Verdun George, Volx, and many others.
He climbed full time from 1992 – 1999 and worked with many climbers who were successful in regional, national, and international competition such as the Summer and Winter X-Games and the World Cup. Douglas has also coached many climbers who didn’t compete but were at the 5.12 – 5.14 level. He developed children’s climbing programs for a number institutions including Camp Central Park in NY and Rockreation in Salt Lake City where he was the senior instructor. As a coach he has thousands of hours experience working one on one with climbers of all levels, and specializes in movement analysis and the development of sport specific training activities.
In 2006 he co-wrote with Dan Hague, The Self-Coached Climber which was a finalist for a 2006 Outdoor Book Award and a finalist at the 2007 Banff Festival. I have also written a number of articles for climbing mags and been written about on a number of occasions.