About Us

Flagstaff Climbing is an indoor rock climbing facility located in historic downtown Flagstaff a few blocks north of the university. Lead climbing, top roping and bouldering on over 7,000 square feet of varied terrain make Flagstaff Climbing a great place to train and learn. The gear shop carries all the equipment climbers need and climbing guide books for destinations throughout the west. All Flagstaff Climbing employees are experienced climbers and love to share their enthusiasm and knowledge about climbing.

Flagstaff Climbing opened their doors in September 1995 (as Vertical Relief Climbing Center). Founded by two local climbers Stan Mish and Tomas Robison and with the help of a great crew the gym quickly became a staple for Northern Arizona climbers. Flagstaff climbers enjoy great year round climbing, but many soon realized the benefits of having an indoor facility to improve their climbing. Area children received a great opportunity to learn a new activity that challenges them mentally and physically. In 2003, long time employee, John Doskicz acquired the business. In 2012, Vertical Relief Climbing Center changed it’s name to Flagstaff Climbing.

In 2013, Flagstaff Climbing added a new bouldering gym with 2000+ square feet of climbing terrain to the family, located next to Paragon Athletics and Wanderlust Brewery on Main Street in the heart of Flagstaff. MSB’s walls are sculpted by the leading wall building company, Vertical Solutions and is a true work of art. With the addition of MSB, Flagstaff Climbing offers two climbing gyms (with over 9000 total square feet of top rope, lead and bouldering space) for the price of one.

Staff at Flagstaff Climbing continue to work hard to provide a comfortable place to climb, quality routes, high quality instruction and sage advice on equipment purchases and local climbing.

Flagstaff Climbing thanks everyone who has ever worked at, climbed in and supported the gym. Your continued support has made a positive difference in many people’s lives. Come on down and check out your friendly neighborhood rock gym!

Flagstaff Climbing’s Downtown Crag is located at 205 S. San Francisco St, Flagstaff AZ, 86001. Cross streets are San Francisco and Benton. View Map

Flagstaff Climbing’s Main Street Boulders is located at 1519 N. Main St Ste. 107, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.  View Map



John Doskicz General Manager


John Doskicz
General Manager
Outdoor Guide
Indoor Instructor

John started climbing in 1990, learning the ropes on routes in the Shawangunks of New York. He moved to flagstaff in June of 1995 to re-enroll in school somewhere that offered great year round rock climbing. A few months later he began working at Flagstaff Climbing Center. He obtained a B.S. in Biology/ Secondary Education from NAU in 1999. John is a certified Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Program Director for the AMGA. John’s favorite climbs are remote, adventurous and shared with a good friend. When John isn’t busy running working, he can be found sharing his serious addiction for adventure with his wife and two daughters


Jason Henrie Operations Manager, Marketing Director, Membership Director, Head Routesetter

Jason Henrie
Operations Manager
Marketing Director
Membership Director
Head Routesetter

Jason started climbing in 1992; learning to climb at the sea cliffs of Washington States’ San Juan Islands, mountains of the Cascades and the world famous walls of Squamish, Canada. After a few years of battling the wet climbing conditions in the northwest, Jason decided to move to a sunnier location to pursue his climbing full time. After traveling around the southwest on an extended climbing trip, he fell in love with and made his home in Flagstaff and started working at Flagstaff Climbing Center as a route setter. He has now lived in Flagstaff and worked at Flagstaff Climbing Center for almost two decades and is currently the Operations Manager at Flagstaff Climbing along with managing marketing, membership and routesetting. When Jason is not at the gym spewing beta at his climbing friends he is off running remote trails, or exploring and climbing at the world class crags of NorAZ and beyond with his wife, Susan, daughter, Addie and son, Davis.


Jeff Snyder Youth Couch, Guide, Instructor, Routesetter

Jeff Snyder
Youth Program Coordinator
Event Coordinator
Outdoor Guide
Indoor Instructor

Jeff began his climbing addiction in 2005 through a university course. His lifestyle quickly changed to allow him to climb full time. Jeff started out mostly bouldering but has progressed to a focus on long, difficult multi-pitch trad routes. He is truly a ‘jack of all trades’ being extremely well versed in all avenues of climbing. Jeff splits his time at work as the Youth Program Coordinator for Flagstaff Climbing Center and guiding or teaching people of all ages in the gym or outside. When Jeff isn’t working, you will find him climbing, walking highlines or exploring wild places with his dog Chaco.


Rachel Ellis Guide Service and Instruction Director, Youth Coach

Rachel Ellis
Director of Guide Service & Instruction
Outdoor Guide
Indoor Instructor
Youth Coach

Rachel began climbing in 2003 in her home state of New Mexico. Almost immediately after she started working as a climbing instructor and outdoor educator which has characterized her path ever since. After some big mountaineering adventures she found her way to Arizona to study at Prescott College. It was there that she fell in love with the desert, canyons and trad climbing…though she still longs to be play in the snow and high altitude worlds. She graduated in 2010 with one major in Secondary Education and the other in Peace Studies. She got her SPI certification in 2013 and works as a guide and instructor for Flagstaff Climbing and a variety of other organizations in the southwest. When Rachel isn’t teaching you can find her practicing yoga, playing music, advocating for local social and environmental justice issues and generally spending as much time in nature as possible.


Laura Sabourin Outdoor Guide Indoor Instructor Routesetter

Laura Sabourin
Outdoor Guide
Indoor Instructor

Laura fell in love with climbing in 2005 at a gym in Pontiac, Michigan. Since then, she has immersed herself in all areas of the sport, from competition and steep sport climbing to technical trad and ice routes. She loves to work with climbers of all ability levels to develop movement and technical skills that will help them reach their goals and explore beautiful places. When she is not cliff side, Laura enjoys trail running, yoga, reading and playing the violin. Laura has a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Management from Northern Michigan University. She is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder and Rescue 3 International Rope Technician.













Lexi Keene
Indoor Instructor

Lexi Keene grew up in Flagstaff and participated in the Flagstaff Climbing Team from an early age. She worked her way through high school employed at Flagstaff Climbing Center instructing for a variety of youth programs at the gym. Now, as Lexi begins a new adventure in college at NAU, she has grown into a customer service representative and indoor instructor.













Nat Bransky
Youth Coach
Indoor Instructor

Nat began climbing in 2008 at Flagstaff Climbing. With the help and guidance of Flagstaff Climbing, he pursued his passion at the gym, began bouldering and sport climbing outside, and finally began trad climbing. Meanwhile, his volunteering with the Scramblers youth program at Flagstaff Climbing evolved into working as a summer camp instructor. Now, Nat plays a large part in our youth climbing programs and is also a customer service representative, instructor and routesetter. When he is not working at the gym, Nat can be found hiking, rock climbing, and exploring the serene desert southwest; reading a comic book *sniff; adjusts glasses*; or drawing.













Kevin Mertz
Indoor Instructor













Jacky Thompson
Indoor Instructor













Allen Boyd
Youth Coach
Indoor Instructor


Mike Robinson
Indoor Instructor

Erika Mathews
Youth Coach

Rachel Spinti
Youth Coach

  • American Alpine Club
  • American Mountain Guides Association
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • Climbing Wall association
  • The Access Fund
  • Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
  • United States Forest Service