"You can't fall if you don't climb, but there is no joy in living your whole life on the ground."
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 Sanchez, General Manager
Diego Mendoza, Route Setter / Climbing Coach
Born: Puebla, Mexico
Setting since: 2012
Climbing since: 2009
Setting style: se-quen-tial
Favorite Place to Climb: Joe's Valley Utah
Favorite Rock Type: Sandstone
Favorite hold company: Kingdom
Favorite type of hold: fat pinches
My first encounter with climbing came in the form of a camping trip to Joshua Tree. The minute I tried my first boulder problem, I knew I was hooked. From that day forward I was enthralled with the idea of refining movement and technique. Now, as a climbing coach and routesetter I hope to share my knowledge with novice and advanced climbers alike.