Member Spotight: Joe

Joe Hammerbacher has been climbing with Vertical Rock since April 2012.

“A co-worker introduced me to it. My first experience was top-roping at Great Falls. I climbed exactly 1.5 5.8’s before I couldn’t even make a fist any more. I was instantly hooked. It’s kinda become my life. It’s also provided the people, places, and environments where I can just be myself.”

Rock Climbing & the VR Community have been a great way for him to improve his skills and be himself.

“It’s generally a warm and welcoming place. My family and I have always felt like we could just come in and hang out, even if we weren’t climbing that day. On days that we are, everyone is always interested in what project we’re working on, or how training is going.

We’re so lucky to know Joe and we welcome you to say “Hi” to him next time you see him at the Gym!

“For Take it slow. You want to enjoy climbing for a lifetime, not just right now. Everyone’s body is different – keep that in mind. Some people just have the genetics that allow them to push harder for longer.
Never try to keep up with anyone, if your body says stop – for the love of climbing, stop! It’s unbelievably easy to get injured in a way that’ll end your climbing career.