"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 Burd, General Manager
Bio Coming Soon!
Lindsay Winkelman, Front Desk Manager
Lindsay grew up in the Bay Area and attended San Jose State University, where she majored in Graphic Design and Art History. The urban lifestyle fueled her interest in the art culture, leading her to discover her passion for glassblowing and design. Lindsay’s love for art and glass allowed her to briefly become a teaching assistant in the Spatial Arts glass program at San Jose State as well as work under several accomplished Bay Area glass artists who all shared a love of art and the outdoors.
Soon after graduating, the urban lifestyle began to feel a little too crowded, so she pulled the trigger and fulfilled one of her childhood dreams, and moved to Lake Tahoe! Lindsay has been coming to Tahoe since she could walk, and fell in love with the lake and community a long time ago. Now, being able to call Tahoe Home, never fails to put a smile on her face; and being part of the High Altitude Family allows her to explore her love of art in digital design and management skills in one of the most beautiful areas in the world.
Diego Mendoza, Head Routesetter
My first encounter with climbing was on a camping trip in Joshua Tree. The minute I tried my first boulder I knew I was hooked. I was terrible, but I was hooked.
I became enthralled with refining movement and technique, knowledge I hope to share with novice and advanced climbers alike.
Nacho Madrazo, Youth Climbing Coordinator
Nacho Madrazo was born in Spain, where he learned to climb as part of the curriculum of a mountain sports club for children called “Aire Libre.” As a young adult, he went on to hone his passion by becoming an outdoor counselor for children and teenagers in the Guadarrama Mountains of Madrid. After living and working in Asia and Australia for several years, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a teacher for nine years at schools and institutions like the California Commonwealth Club, Casa Hispana Language School and CBS network. For the last three years, he taught at Woodside International School in San Francisco. In addition to teaching English, Spanish and Art, he was charged with running the outdoor physical activity program, introducing students to rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking and other outdoor activities. Nacho moved to Lake Tahoe in April 2017 because of his passion for the amazing great outdoor activities the area has to offer.