Staff

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Devin Ashby - General Manager

Devin started climbing in 2000 at age 14 when The Quarry opened in Provo, UT, just walking distance from his home. He soon began working as a route stripper to pay for a membership. At age 17 he was promoted to Head Route setter where he worked until age 19 when he left to New Hampshire for two years.

Devin began working for Momentum in 2012 where he has worked through several positions, including Youth Program Director, Route Setter, Climbing School Instructor, and now General Manager of the Lehi and Sandy locations.

Devin graduated with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management in Summer 2017, and teaches Intro To Backpacking classes at UVU. When he's not slaving at the gym, he can be found in the mountains hiking and camping with his wife and daughters.

Devin also spends a large portion of his free time working on a side project called Backcountry Exposure, where he runs a YouTube Channel and website. He is an avid backpacker and spends time reviewing gear, posting trip reports, and sharing outdoor education.

Kevin Wellman - Assistant Manager

Kevin is your ultimate local, social climber. Growing up at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, he started bouldering his junior year of high school. He went from skipping first period almost everyday to climbing pretty much everyday when he could. He enjoys sport climbing, bouldering and has dabbled in crack climbing. He has been seen climbing at many local areas but Joe's Valley will always be his favorite.

Besides being a gym rat, Kevin is currently studying photography at SLCC and hopes to be done soon.
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Erik Durgin- Sandy Youth Program Manager

Erik started climbing 20ish years ago with his dad on the Front Range of Colorado. After high school and a failed attempt at college, he moved all over the west, climbing and living at some of the best spots in the country. He's traveled abroad to Spain, France, Southeast Asia, Canada and Mexico to sample the worlds tastiest Limestone.

Eventually in 2007 Erik settled in Durango, CO to give another crack at a higher education, this time graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies. Over the years he has worked every conceivable position in several different rock gyms. While in Durango He worked as a Route Setter, Coach, and Assistant Manager before eventually taking on the role of Business Manager/GM at The Rock Lounge.

When Erik wasn't in the gym, he spent his time (and money) developing routes and boulders all over Southwest Colorado, establishing many of the areas hardest sport routes. He loves sharing his passion for climbing with people of all ages and abilities.

Erik recently relocated to Salt Lake City to be a part of the Momentum team. He is beyond stoked to be working for one of the leading gym's in the industry and to become a part on the amazing SLC climbing community.

Rachel Bell

Rachel is a Seattle native who moved to Utah for "school" (school here really means skiing). While in Utah she discovered climbing and it's been all downhill from there. Her favorite is multi-pitch climbing, but she's definitely a gym rat. She also teaches yoga and loves running, cooking, traveling, and meeting new people. She hopes to improve her climbing and spend as much time outside as possible.
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Ian Allen

Ian is originally from Boise, Idaho and moved to Salt Lake in 2008. He really enjoys skiing and was very excited about moving to ski "The Greatest Snow on Earth" Aside from skiing and climbing, Ian is currently studying Marketing at the University of Utah. Ian also likes photography, listening to music, watching TV shows and movies in his free time.040916UpdatedStaff Bio Portraits27693

Krista Fehr

Krista is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Recreational Therapy at the University of Utah. She is happy to be working at Momentum as well as other part time seasonal jobs at Deer Valley in the winter, the National Ability Center in Park City, and Snowbird in the summer. Her free time is spent primarily climbing, hiking, skiing, reading, and playing with her puppy. Her favorite color is blue and she is absolutely addicted to mint, chocolate, and raspberry. 040816UpdatedStaff Bio Portraits27402

Emily Mellon

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Strauss Van Wagenen

Strauss started climbing at Momentum a couple of years ago and has been addicted ever since. He loves bouldering, but is always on the lookout for someone to belay him on the big walls! Some of his favorite places to climb are Little Cottonwood, Moab, Maple Canyon, and Yosemite. Aside from climbing, he loves art, pine trees, and Cafe Rio. 102716SDY_Staff_Portraits2085

Ryan Konesky

Ryan is a locally grown climber and has lived in Utah his entire life. During road trips to Park City he would often question his parents about why people were throwing there lives away climbing mountains. (he never noticed the ropes) Only until a few of years ago, when a couple of his co-workers took him climbing, did he finally find out why those people were climbing a mountain. He was initially introduced to rope-climbing, but after his co-workers canceled their climbing memberships he fell into the bodacious and exotic world of bouldering. His favorite place to boulder is Joes Valley.

Taylor Nelson

Taylor grew up in a small town in Idaho and moved to Utah 6 years ago. She was introduced to climbing through her Outdoor Recreation Degree at Utah Valley University. She has been climbing for about 5 years and it has become her favorite outdoor activity. Taylor primarily sport climbs and boulders but one day she would like to get more practice in traditional climbing. She also enjoys hiking with her dog, yoga, and snowboarding.
Taylor loves the Utah mountains but her heart belongs in the desert. Her favorite places to climb are St. George, Moab, and Red Rocks in Las Vegas.
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Rain Felkl

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Jaden Aland

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