photo Credit: Gustavo E Moser

photo Credit: Gustavo E Moser

Jason Burd, Owner

15 years ago in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Jason discovered his love for climbing. But it wasn't until he made it out to Lake Tahoe for good, that he discovered the lack of climbing facilities in the area. Jason dreamed of a place where the community could gather, excel in their fitness training on and off the wall and watch a sporting event or two. His dreams became a reality in 2008 when construction began on the multi-million dollar overhaul of what used to be Incline Athletic Club. The climbing wall at High Altitude Fitness opened to the public in 2009 and has been a central spot for locals, pros and passers-by for the last 7 years. You may even see Jason on the wall periodically, as he consistently puts up new, fresh routes along side his setting staff and visiting pro athletes. 

Not only was a climbing wall a priority,  a state-of-the-art fitness center was at the helm of his overall dream. Jason has managed to keep on top of cutting-edge fitness equipment and is constantly implementing new, fresh ideas to the programming at HAF. With the help of an amazing staff, High Altitude Fitness continues to flourish year after year! 

Gabi Burd, General Manager

Bio Coming Soon!




Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Kyra Fritz, Youth Climbing Club Coordinator

Climbing came into my life in 2011, during my time in New Paltz, NY. Though I was focused on my college education (studying Education at the State University of New Paltz, NY), I was quickly made aware that I had access to one of the most incredible outdoor climbing areas in the Northeastern United States. The Gunks struck me with awe in the small window of exposure I had there. Training at the local gym quickly became part of my routine, as I became intoxicated with the confidence & skill set that climbing was bringing to my life. Shortly after graduation, I spent some time in Lake Tahoe, where the mecca of outdoor climbing and that incredible big blue puddle beckoned me to root, and stay. I am thrilled to be combining my passion for teaching with my love for rock climbing.

Coaching at High Altitude Fitness offers me the perfect opportunity to help youngsters harness their skills and strength into confidence. It is incredible to be part of growth and development of kids who truly have the world at their fingertips. I am always working to improve my own climbing and develop my teaching. Balance is key - and easy to achieve when passion & "work" intertwine so seamlessly.

Please send me an email at if you or your youngster is interested in climbing instruction!