Grand Valley climbing was created and conceived by Owner Dave Cummings with help from family and local friends. The building was constructed in the summer of 2014 and the first operational day of the company was September 5, 2014.
Our Mission our Goals
The goal of Grand Valley Climbing is to offer a healthy, social, and fun lifestyle choice for the entire grand valley community. We offer climbing, training, yoga, and kids programming in a high-quality, professionally organized facility. With this opportunity we hope to expand the community of climbers by giving new climbers a comfortable setting for being introduced into the sport and offering the established climbers a challenging and dynamic place to practice their craft. We will strive to create and offer the best possible service and programming for anyone who enters the gym in order to further the future of western slope climbing.
Dave Cummings started climbing over 20 years ago and has always had a passion for sharing climbing with others. He loves all forms of climbing from bouldering to big wall. He spent some time guiding but decided after moving to Grand Junction, that the western slope needed a state of the art indoor climbing gym. After years of work, Dave was able to open Grand Valley Climbing. When he is not enjoying the outdoors or at the gym he is a father to two boys Benjamin and Alexander.
Rob Pizem has been rock climbing for 20 years. His passion is first ascents, bigwalls and coaching/training people through fitness plateaus. While not climbing rocks he is a husband and father of two boys. His sponsors are CAMP-USA, SCARPA, Arcteryx, Sterling Rope, Treadwall and The American Alpine Club.
Cody moved to Colorado over three decades ago and has never wanted to live anywhere else. He started climbing 20 years ago while attending college at CMU. He has always had a passion for the outdoors including climbing, camping, hiking and mountain biking. After pursuing a career and having a family, he has rediscovered his love for climbing. He is a wonderful husband and father of three boys, Cayden, Carson and Cameron whom are all on the climbing team. Cody absolutely enjoys introducing kids to climbing in the team environment and seeing their love for the sport blossom. “I’m an old guy just trying to pass on the love for the sport.”
Director of Youth Climbing
Mike Kimmel is our director of youth climbing programs at Grand Valley and the head coach for our competition team. Climbing has been his passion for over 15 years, and he is always excited to help new climbers learn to develop their skills and enjoy the sport. He has traveled around the world in pursuit of new climbs, and is constantly striving to improve his own understanding of climbing and pass it on to our kids. Mike is also a National Board Certified middle and high school teacher and when he isn’t teaching or coaching, he is out exploring the climbing found throughout Western Colorado. His sponsors include Adidas Outdoor, Five Ten, Omega Pacific, and FrictionLabs.