The Tennessee Bouldering Authority is proud to have some of the most talented and knowledgeable climbers in the Chattanooga area on our staff (which makes our gym routes some of the most diverse and interesting around).  Look below to find the answers to all of those juicy questions you've always wanted to know (but were too shy to ask).


Luis Rodriguez (lurod)


At TBA since:   From TBA's inception!
Climbing since:   1992
Why you started:   I got bored with hiking.
Climbing inspiration:   I'm inspired by playing outdoors with friends.
Favorite climbing area:   Red River Gorge, KY
Dream climbing trip:   Mallorca, Spain
Favorite type of climbing:   It's all climbing to me, depending on the season.
Favorite climbing fuel:   I feed off of the motivation of those around me.
Training regiment:   Climb, campus, climb, system training, climb, yoga
Days/week you climb:   3-4
Hometown:   Corona, Queens
Height:   5'8"
Ape Index:   +6
Current projects:   Expanding TBA, teaching sixth and ninth grade math, Golden Girl
Other interests:   My wife and child, teaching, mtn biking, my CB450, striving.

Kasia Pietras (Kash)

At TBA since:   October 2008
Climbing since:   1998
Why you started:   Karate and gymnastics got redudant.
Climbing inspiration:   The mental challenge.
Favorite climbing area:   For routes it's The Red, and for bouldering it's Hueco.
Dream climbing trip:   Australia and S. Africa (not in that particular order)
Favorite type of climbing:   Going up!
Favorite climbing fuel:   A group of friends that are psyched!
Training regiment:   Climbing at TBA
Days/week you climb:   4-5
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Height:   5' 4"
Ape Index:   0"
Current projects:   Lit'l Rocks (Riddles in the Dark, The Law and Donky Doobie) and Big 'ems (God's Own Stone, Duck Tape, Golden Boy).
Other interests:   Traveling and hanging out with Oreo (my dog)

Jimmy Webb (JWEB)

Jimmy Webb

At TBA since:   August 2007
Climbing since:   October 2004
Why you started:   Jeremy Walton (JWAL)
Climbing inspiration:   New areas, beuatiful scenery, and good friends.
Favorite climbing area:   RMNP
Dream climbing trip:   Rocklands of South Africa
Favorite type of climbing:   Bouldering
Favorite climbing fuel:   Red Bull
Training regiment:   Climb!
Days/week you climb:   Everyday
Hometown:   Maryville, TN
Height:   6'0"
Ape Index:   +2
Current projects:   Random Boulders at RMNP
Other interests:   Skateboarding