Whitey- General Manager
My real name is Alex White, but don’t tell anyone 🙂 Please call me Whitey! I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. My first climbing experience was at the local climbing gym for a birthday party when I was around the age of 7. I loved it to say the least. My first climb on real rock was at summer camp when I was 11 years old. I’ve been a climber since then! Growing up in the Southeast was actually a great place for me to hone my skills. Year round climbing coupled with easy access, and great rock, made for some excellent stomping grounds. My mom (who is the absolute best!) would drive me and my friends to the crag and just let us do our thing. While she was reading her book, she had no idea what we were actually doing. And neither did we. We were self taught climbers. (Not recommended) After a few years of doing that I actually figured out what the heck I was doing, and then REALLY got into climbing. Since those early days, climbing has taken me all over the world. I’ve climbed in Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, France, and Greece. Hoping for a trip to China in the near future.
I was fortunate enough to help open this amazing place we call Rockfish. From welding to T-nuts, I’ve been here since the beginning, and I couldn’t be more stoked! So grateful to have an amazing place to train and chill. Here’s to many, many more years of fun and craziness! See you down here!
Monica Renya- Climbing Club Instructor
Monica was born in Wyoming, and in 2003 she moved to the Flathead Valley. As a mother of 2 lovely children, she started working as a child care provider. In 2014 she became a certified personal trainer. Monica has always had a passion for fitness and working with kids. Now she is able to combine both at Rockfish! Monica is the lead instructor for our After School Climbing Club, which a supervised climbing program designed for kids looking to do something active AND fun after school. Stop in to see her and say hi! Or drop your kids off with her and go do your own thing 🙂

Ryan Nelson a.k.a RyRy, Head Climbing Coach

Climbing was introduced to me while I was a sophomore in high school by a few wrestling teammates who were avid outdoors man and who wanted to share their passion for adventure with others.   We began with the ‘terrifying’ rappel and then scaled the rock that brought such fear to my mind when descending.  From then on I was hooked and continued a steady progression in learning the skills needed to climb efficiently and safely while having as much fun as possible. The sport of climbing quickly consumed all my energy, my passion for climbing was all consuming. I am now a sport, trad, bouldering gym rat, always stoked to for the next adventure. After graduating from the University of Montana with a BA in Elementary Education, and a minor in Dirtbaging 101 I ventured back home to the valley to share my passion for climbing. It’s now been 13 years since I first tied into a rope and put on tight climbing shoes, and each day I still learn and discover something new. Climbing has brought me to the most beautiful parts of the world and has taught me so much about myself, others,and the world. You just have to Love the Climbing Life.  

Growing up in Northwestern Montana with convenient access to all of the outdoor activities it has to offer has played a significant role in shaping my views on the world. I started skiing, hiking, and boating promptly after learning to walk and spent much of my time prior hanging out in my parents’ backpacks high up in the mountains. When not out in the woods, I am typically traveling or studying.

After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Montana State in 2007, I moved home and took up coaching freestyle skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort where I’ve worked for four seasons. This initiated a change in paths and pointed me in the direction of teaching. Currently, I am in my final year of the Elementary Education program at the University of Montana and am excited to translate some of my passions into the classroom.

After blowing out both knees a few winters back, I began to spend a lot of time in the gym rebuilding strength and working to come back stronger than before. Taking time to remain healthy has become another meaningful investment and I got more involved with Rockfish over the summer by helping out with the climbing camp for kids. Climbing has been a new adventure for me. Not only does it combine many of my favorite things, but also helps maintain a balance and strong mentality in all facets of life. After a few times on the rocks I was quickly hooked and have thoroughly enjoyed learning, growing, and meeting the great people who come along with it all.


6475 US-93 #13

Whitefish, MT 59937





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