Justine Greene is a local Twin Falls climber who quickly became an avid climber after taking the CSI course with Shawn Willsey several years ago. She has a giant heart dedicated to the youth of this valley and is not only one of Gemstone’s head instructors but also Gemstone’s Program Director. Justine is a Climbing Wall Association certified instructor, CWI with lead endorsement, and is enthusiastic for sharing her love for this great sport. Justine is always willing and able to do whatever is needed to support each patron in their individual goals and ambitions. You can see and feel her passion when you meet her. Justine is married to Mr. Tim and has two beautiful children, Owen and Joey. She’s definitely a Gem!
Ryan Terry has become one of Gemstone’s finest through his love for teaching and climbing. Ryan Terry has an interest in all things related to climbing. He enjoys everything from bouldering sessions at the gym to trad climbing long multipitch routes outside. Ryan’s day job is a science teacher for Magic Valley High School. His daughter, Lisa, is on the competitive USA Climbing team. Together they share their passion for climbing. Ryan is a coach and mentor for all team members on our youth USA Climbing team. He enjoys traveling with the team to their competitions, and trains/encourages them to be their absolute best. Ryan is also one of our lead climbing instructors and enjoys sharing his passion of climbing with the entire community. Ryan is married to his beautiful wife Susanna and together they have two beautiful daughters, Lisa and Lyra.
Sarah Kirchner is our “super certified” whipper! Sarah is a native of OHIO and has been climbing for over 10 years. Her love is first for climbing and second for her dog Finnick, who is almost always here at Gemstone. Sarah is our Floor Manager, Climbing Wall Instructor Provider, instructs specialty classes, route setter, and is one of our USAC competitive team coaches. Come in and say hi to Sarah and you’ll most likely have a new climbing partner.
Torrey has been climbing since 2006 and route setting since November 2017. His favorite part of route setting is helping create movement. He enjoys watching our customers do the moves from his routes. When he isn’t working he enjoys outdoor rock climbing, playing Frisbee golf and playing video games. Come check out Torrey’s handy work!
Parker Twiss is a Gemstone REC Team Coach. He has been climbing for over five years and has been a climbing instructor for one year. For four years he was a swim coach through the YMCA. He has a huge heart for kids and it shows! He will begin his teaching career this fall teaching first grade. If you can’t find him on a rock, you’ll find him on the water.
Melissa Ault has been an avid climber from the moment she walked into Gemstone. She is a strong climber and a stronger instructor. The daughter of a power lifter, Melissa knows what it takes to succeed; she also understands that success is a function of persistence, determination, and a love of the sport. She loves to teach youth and young adults. She is good at what she does, and what she does, is very good.
Trinity Taylor is a Southern Idaho local that enjoys climbing and has turned out to be a fitness fanatic. She discovered climbing through Gemstone Climbing Center and has gone from rookie climber to a key part of the “Gemstone Crushers” competitive team. At the gym, Trinity enjoys her free-time fore-running and working with beginners and experienced climbers alike. When she isn’t at the gym she is home with her 30 alpacas, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 rabbits. Through climbing she has made great friends and lasting connections with other local climbers and fitness enthusiasts alike. Trinity appreciates climbing for the mental and physical challenges it brings as well as the great opportunity it provides for making new friendships.
Jocelynn Smith is a local Twin Falls climber who began her climbing career in 2010 climbing outdoors with friends. Dierkes Park was her original stomping ground, but since then, her love and passion for climbing has taken her to explore iconic climbing meccas such as Yosemite National Park, towers in Moab Utah, and icy waterfalls in Hyalite Canyon MT and Ouray CO. Her notable climbing accomplishments include 1st place in Boulderfest 2016, first woman to ice climb on Shoshone Falls proper, and was part of the first ascent party on “Junk Rock” variation of The North Face Direct route on Mount Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak. Jocelynn’s climbing repertoire includes, sport climbing, traditional climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, and alpine mountaineering. Jocelynn has worked to build the local climbing community and protect local climbing access as a climbing activist and founding member of the Southern Idaho Climbing Coalition. Her other passions include white water kayaking, snowboarding, music, and parachuting sports. She works as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital but considers sharing rock climbing with students her “real job.” “I love teaching rock climbing because when I see my students feeling stoked, I feel my own passion for climbing come to the surface. Teaching renews my love for the sport everyday.”