Meet the Board
Andrew Staff has been an Illinois Climber for more than 20 years. He's passionate about the mission of the ICA and loves getting people excited about all the climbing that Illinois has to offer!
I was introduced to climbing in 1999, on vacation in the Tetons, Moab, City of Rocks, etc. In 2003 I was introduced to Jackson Falls and the climbing in Southern Illinois. I have made many friends, and enjoyed many great adventures. I joined the ICA board in 2017 to give time back to an activity and area that I value greatly.
I started my humbling adventure into climbing in 2010 in a suburban gym. After being introduced to outdoor climbing there was no going back; I moved to southern Illinois and let climbing change my life. Now I’m impelled to protect the future of climbing for everyone to enjoy and be inspired.
Mimi learned to climb on vertical crimps at Smith Rock, OR. She moved to Carbondale IL in 2019. After a humbling learning curve, has fallen in love with the steep and slopey climbing here. Mimi is excited to be involved with the community and stewardship of these amazing climbing areas in Illinois.
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David began climbing at 15 in a small gym in Chicago. He moved to Southern Illinois for college in 2008. He immediately fell in love with all the climbing in the area. Primarily a boulderer he spent most of his time falling onto a crash pad, but can occasionally be talked into getting on a rope. David currently resides in St. Louis, but makes frequent trips to the area to climb and enjoy an area he holds deeply close to his heart.
Miranda started climbing on plastic in Chicago in 2009. Within a year she took a trip to Jackson Falls and couldn't believe how much climbing potential there was in Southern IL. She moved to the area in 2013 and became obsessed with the quality sandstone. Miranda has been working with the ICA board since 2018 and is happy to give back to the community for an area that means so much to her.