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Our Mission?


“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.


Our Team:


Ben Scott
PresidentI 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.


Ryan Nelson
Board MemberA farm boy from Nebraska who transplanted himself to Colorado after finishing college. My eyes were quickly open to the climbing world, after my first Colorado summer of hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I knew rock climbing was something I needed to pursue. Lighting grind boxes on fire in my dad's quonset, trying to do 50-50's and boardslides on my skateboard didn't seem as cool anymore. I caught the bug, and climbed everyday, no matter what my skin said. Bought a rope off of craigslist that was coreshot in 10 - 12 places and started teaching myself everything there is to know about climbing. Thank god I quickly realized how big of a death trap that rope was, and bought a proper rope a few months later. I quickly started ticking off the Horsetooth Classics, and eventually got bored with the normal circuit. A friend and I started to run around the reservoir cleaning old bouldering problems, and claiming we were the first ascents. A serious hay day of climbing for me. I grew up, got stronger, wiser, and most importantly kept cleaning rocks. Developing new routes taught me the important rope skills, that lead me to where I'm at now. One day I wrote a serious Anchor Replacement Initiative for Horsetooth Rock, and when Ben Scott saw that he immediately threw me on the NCCC Board. Since then I've ticked off some hard climbs, developed new crags around Northern Colorado, and have done first ascents of big walls around the world.


Peter Hurtgen
Board MemberIn 2013, I moved to Fort Collins, CO to study geology at Colorado State University. At that time, I had been climbing for two years and had a passion for the vertical world. I had moved quickly from a gym rat to a novice traditional climber with dreams of bigger, steeper walls. In the last four years of climbing, I have developed a focus in long technical alpine routes, although you can find me tied into a rope at just about any crag in Poudre Canyon. I have significant experience in every style of climbing. The Fort Collins climbing community is one of the strongest and most supportive climbing communities I have been part of, and I am excited to further my support in this community. As a coach of the CSU climbing team, I am a representative of the student climbing community, and I feel it is import for me to encourage that community to support and engage with the NCCC and what we do for the climbing community.


Craig Demartino
Board MemberCraig DeMartino’s love of climbing began 22 years ago when he learned to climb at a friend’s unconventional bachelor party in Pennsylvania. Since then Craig has traveled and climbed all around the world.. After an accident in 2002, through a miscommunication with his partner that resulted in being dropped 100 feet to the ground in Colorado, Craig suffered a shattered right and left heels, broken back that had to be fused for three levels, shattered ankles, broken neck, ribs, punctured lung, and a rare nerve disorder called RSD brought on by the trauma. After multiple surgeries, Craig chose to amputate his shattered right leg below the knee in hopes of returning to climbing and getting his life back. Once back on the rocks in 2004, Craig became the first amputee to climb El Capitan in Yosemite in under 24 hours, climbing the route Lurking Fear, which is about 3,000 feet in 14 hours. The following June, he became the first amputee to climb the Nose , which is the front part of El Capitan and the longest route of 3,100 feet in 13 hours. Also in Yosemite he lead the first All disabled Ascent of El Capitan via Zodiac with Pete Davis and Jarem Frye. He also competes through USA Climbing and placed third in the Paraclimbing World Championships in Paris in 2012. He is also the 2014/15 Paraclimbing National Champion, and placed first in the GoPro Games Paraclimbing Division. Living in Northern CO with his wife of 18 years Cyndy and they’re two kids Mayah 15 and Will 13, all of whom are climbers, we travel and climb around the world but always love coming back to the front range and our home crags and boulders .


Ken Klein
Board MemberI 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 Iowas 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 en-grained 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.



RD Pascoe
Board MemberRD moved to Fort Collins in January 1995 to climb and attend Colorado State University. After graduating CSU in 1997, RD stayed in Fort Collins and continued to climb regularly locally and across the country. RD enjoys everything from bouldering to big walls and particularly likes multi-pitch free climbs. After graduating law school in 2008, […]


Erin Robinson
Board MemberI started climbing in 1997 at the age of 18 in Great Falls, Virginia.  Since that time, most other activities and interests, while not abandoned, took a backseat to climbing as it engaged and called to me in a way nothing else had.  I left Virginia in 98 for Colorado to attend CSU and could […]