Meet our Crew

Get to know a little bit about the amazing individuals that make up the RockFish squad.

Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson

(he/him)

Head Coach

Tell us about yourself.
“I was born and raised here in the Flathead Valley, and started rock climbing at the age of 15. I soon was addicted to all of the challenges that climbing takes one through. From figuring out beta, to searching for solid gear that never seems to be as good as I want. Climbing is my passion along with skiing powder, traveling, and eating good food!”
How long have you been climbing?
19 years
How long have you been with RockFish?

Since opening.
Kristen Stone

Kristen Stone

(she/her)

Chief Financial Officer

Kristen Stone

Kristen Stone

(she/her)

Chief Financial Officer

Kristen Stone

Kristen Stone

(she/her)

Chief Financial Officer

Michell Wang

Michell Wang

(she/her/they)

Coach

What is your favorite thing about climbing?

Climbing keeps me on my learning edge… Embracing the struggle but also not taking myself too seriously! Being outside with cool people is pretty rad too.
How long have you been with RockFish?
I became a member in 2018 and joined the crew as an employee in 2022.

Darren Stone

Darren Stone

(he/him)

Owner-Partner

What is your favorite thing about climbing?

Being completely immersed in the power of our environment and feeling in tune with my body and nature!
How long have you been with RockFish?
Day one!
Aaron Young

Aaron Young

(he/him)

Head Route Setter

What is your favorite thing about climbing?

The movement – dang it’s fun. The community – I’ve met so many awesome people through climbing. The challenge – it’s literally endless. The adventure – what a great excuse to go outside and see new places.
What do you like to do outside of RockFish?
Ride my bike(s), ski the gnar, cook fun food, nerd out on climbing holds, hang out with my girlfriend.

 How long have you been climbing?

10 years and counting.
Caitlin Christopher

Caitlin Christopher

(she/her)

Membership Services Associate

Aaron Sharp

Aaron Sharp

(he/him)

Membership Services Associate + Assistant Coach

Kenny Stone

Kenny Stone

(he/him)

Membership Services Associate

Brett Ekert

Brett Ekert

(he/him)

Setter

What do you like to do outside of RockFish?
Recreating on our abundant public lands, especially climbing, biking and skiing.
What is your favorite thing about climbing?
Climbing (and route development) engages my body and mind on so many levels. One must use problem solving, strength, balance, finesse and fortitude to succeed. It offers myriad physical and mental challenges as well as a creative outlet and a conduit to connect with the natural world. It’s difficult to say what I like most about climbing. Rather, I think, it’s the sum of all its parts that make it such an appealing sport to me, one that I hope to continue for many more years to come.
Jon Zychowski

Jon Zychowski

(he/him)

Setter

Madison Seaman

Madison Seaman

(she/her)

Membership Services Associate & Setter

TJ White

TJ White

(he/him)

Setter
Shaun Olcott

Shaun Olcott

(he/him)

Owner-Partner

Interested in getting more involved?

From volunteer opportunities to a work-trade program, we’re excited to have you on board.

Please come in, call us, or otherwise introduce yourself.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Sharp. 2022 Derby Day, a state-wide competition.