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About Us

The mission of the Northern Colorado Climber’s Coalition is to promote and preserve climbing in Northern Colorado.

What we do:

The Northern Colorado Climber’s Coalition (NCCC) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving climbing areas and fostering strong community awareness through education and activism. We recognize that access Front Range climbing areas is a privilege and that it comes with the obligation to act as stewards of the lands we use to preserve their natural beauty for future generations. In order to accomplish our goals, we promote positive resource stewardship through regular public service projects at local climbing areas, in addition to a variety of community building educational programs.

Who We Are:

  • President -- Ben Scott
  • Board Member -- Nathan McBride
  • Board Member -- Mike Engelstad
  • Board Member -- Colin Horvat
  • Board Member -- Ryan Nelson
  • Board Member -- Ken Klein

Contact Us:

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Meet The Board:


Ben Scott

I have lived around Fort Collins for over 12 years now. Rock climbing is my true passion in life, and Northern Colorado is easily my favorite playground. I took over as President in 2011 from my friend Reed Woodford and am doing my best to fill those big shoes.

When I'm not looking for new rocks to climb, I work as a Graphic Designer for Citizen Printing here in town. I'm excited to help preserve the amazing climbing resource's we have here in Northern Colorado for many years to come.

Nathan McBride

I'm from Upstate New York, and have been living in Colorado for more than 6 years. I study Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, and helped create the climbing facility at the Campus Rec Center. I love all areas of climbing, however, nothing provides the full spectrum like Alpine, a style that encompasses every possibility between sunrise and sunset, and then some. Lately, I can't get enough of Poudre Canyon sport, and can often be found at a canyon wall with my four legged partner, Charlie. I love this Town for it's sense of community; good food, good people, good beer.....and bike lanes.


Mike Engelstad

Mike Engelstad - NCCC board memberI was first exposed to climbing by a friends brother, who worked as a guide in Seneca Rocks, WV.  He invited us to come out and stay with him and climb for a week at the end of our summer break.  On that trip, I experienced sensory overload.  I have never been so suddenly consumed by any activity ever in my life!  I left West Virginia knowing what I wanted to do and have never looked back.

I love how climbing takes me to places few rarely see, and the intimate awareness I experience while high on a mountain clinging to ice tools, sinking a solid jam after a stretch of unprotected climbing, figuring a sequence onsight as the pump clock ticks, or bearing down on the crux of a boulder problem.   The constant stimulation creates a level of focus that I do not experience in other facets of life.  

Climbing is intrinsically satisfying for me, but I love the shared experiences most.  The preparation for a big alpine day in RMNP with my partner, a brief examination of the pitch ahead at the belay ledge, or a reflection of some crazy route back at the car (or better, the bar!).  It wouldn't be the same for me without the other people!  I have spent time over the past few years taking people on various trips and outings around the country, exposing many to climbing (of all sorts) and other outdoor leisure experiences; and I feel pleased to have done so.  Hopefully someone else enjoyed a similar “eye opening” experience, as was provided to me be back in WV.  

Currently, when not climbing, I can be found working at JAX Outdoor Gear as the Assistant Camping Department Manager.  It's a great way to spend my off days, talking with others who love to do the same things as me, all day!  One of my favorite interactions takes place when people bring back BC Ski rental gear and they tell us about their wild experiences up at Cameron Pass or RMNP, two of my favorite places in the world!  The excitement is contagious.  

The climbing, community and culture in Northern Colorado are amazing things.  I am happy to be a part of it, and hope to preserve the past, make many new friends, along the way, and together shape the future in a positive way! Cheers.

Colin Horvat

Colin Horvat - climber, engineer, route setter, NCCC board memberI moved to Fort Collins in the summer of 2007 to pursue a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, it was climbing that truly brought me to Northern Colorado. My passion is bouldering, and I cannot think of a better place to live to pursue this passion year-round. I currently work as a robotic engineer, route setter, and coach for the Miramont Crusher's climbing team. I am happy to be a part of the NCCC as well as the positive and ever active climbing community of Northern Colorado. I look forward to helping secure access to our most popular climbing areas, as well as pursuing the possibility of opening new climbing areas to enjoy for years to come.


Ryan Nelson

I’m Ryan Nelson a solar engineer born on a farm in Nebraska who somehow moved to Colorado some number of years ago with no intentions of climbing rocks. It was bound to happen, as I chased adrenaline all my life. It wasn’t long before I transitioned from hiking up mountains in the park, to climbing them. I developed my climbing skills quickly by doing long solo-aid routes and bouldering at the rez.

It wasn’t long before I was done with the crowds and wanted to enjoy those perfect Horsetooth sunsets with only my closest of friends. I started seeking out rocks that are way off the beaten path. Some unclimbed, some that had not been touched for years. I got Wilfords, Mammen, Gills, Scotts, and many others obsession for northern Colorado climbing. Too climb these beautiful lines, unbeknownst to the rest of the Front Range. Alone, silence, a pure meditative experience.

I joined the NCCC to harness the relationships that have been developed, and utilize the skills that they acquire to develop new climbing areas, and to work with landowners with access issues.

These days, you’ll find me chasing marmots and seeking splitters.


Ken Klein

I moved to Fort Collins back in 2003, literally the day I graduated college and haven’t looked back since.  Snowboarding initially brought me to CO while in school, but, after getting a job at the University of Northern Iowa’s climbing wall, a trip to the Needles in South Dakota and a jaunt up Devil’s tower, I was hooked on climbing.

A few things will forever be engrained in my memory about my first years climbing in and around Fort Collins.  The first being how awe struck this farm kid from Iowa was by the mountains and how working at Inner Strength my first year in town, I met so many talented, friendly climbers, most of whom I still call friends today.  Secondly, meeting this curly haired dude from Oklahoma who had forearms the size of Louisville Sluggers who would go on to show me just how little I knew about climbing and would be the first person to show me what would end up becoming one of my favorite bouldering areas up the Poudre Canyon.  And finally, the countless hours I spent up at Horsetooth trying to send the amazing classics the area has to offer. 

I love climbing for many reasons; the movement, the physical nature of it, the focus it requires, the crisp temps on a fall day, the places it brings me, but above all, it’s the people, the community that I enjoy the most.  There are many climbers from Fort Collins who were, and still are influential in making me the climber I am today and I hope through the NCCC I can give back a sliver of what they have done for me.