Our training philosophy was born of the mountains, of high standards and hard work. No matter the athlete, our craft applies: wield the “tools” of a unique training environment to create a better, faster, stronger, more conscious human being.
Our goals are to train the mind of the individual along side the body, for the mind compels the body to endure and to achieve. To injury proof the body all the while encouraging the athlete to excel. We have created an environment of support, where honesty, character and integrity are paramount; and where motivation, instruction, and guidance are given to those with the desire to change.
These practices do not apply to just the “elite” of the athletic world. They apply to each and every one of us. We are all athletes! We all desire health, strength, happiness, and the capacity to excel in whatever we choose to do, at any level.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Ripple Effect Training Center is a private facility. To effect positive change in a single individual or a small group; focused work must be done. All training is individualized to meet the needs of the athlete. Whether or not it is a general recreational athlete who just wants to enjoy his days off, a high end athlete who’s performance during a season or for a specific event is imperative to her, or the individual who just desires change and is seeking an environment of knowledgeable instructors and support.
Knowledge can only be gained only from experience, at Ripple Effect our instructors bring a life time of experience not only from the mountain environment but that of this unique gym environment. Our ethos is to enhance performance and to grow a community. Our Athletes are a reflection of our dedication.
About Carolyn Parker
The focus of my work and my life is to engage others in activities that create positive self change, to inspire, mentor, motivate, encourage, educate, and if that means changing the world one person at a time, so be it. I derive the deepest satisfaction from seeing others succeed, however I will be the first to tell you it is not just about being faster or stronger – it is about being a more conscious human being.
Carolyn is a life-long climber and mountain guide who has made the successful transition into full time coaching work. Carolyn is founder and lead instructor at the Ripple Effect Gym in Carbondale, Colorado.
Carolyn’s personal pursuit of progress with her climbing led her to training. Training led her to Mark Twight and Gym Jones. In 2010 she earned her Gym Jones Certified Instructor credential. Carolyn can lead 5.12 rock, M8 mixed, and ski 50 degree couloirs. She has ski guided Mont Blanc, the famous Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route and the Italian Ortler Traverse multiple times. In 2001 she attempted to climb Makalu by a new route on the South Face with a small 4-person team. Most recently she has been competitive in mountain runs such as the Imogene Pass run, R2R2R Grand Canyon, Sandia Crossing, Four Pass Loop Elk Mountains, Power of Four Skimo Race.
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Stats (Gym) and Skills
Dead Lift 265#
Front Squat 155#
Back Squat 175#
TGU 65# oly bar
Pull Ups 24 (weighted single rep +55#)
Row 500m 1:49
Row 2000m 7:57
Leads 5.12 on rock
Leads WI 5+ on ice; Lead M8 mixed routes
Ski 45/50 degree slopes; has guided multiple Haute Routes in The Alps, Argentiere to Zermatt, and the Ortler region of the Italian Alps.
Comfortable on Grade V alpine routes: has guided ascents 40+ summits in Bolivia, Ecuador, the French and Swiss Alps, WA, Canada.
Climber and Expedition sponsorship coordinator: American Makalu Expedition 2001, Makalu 8,463 m Nepal Himalaya
Former USCF Cat 2 Road & NORBA Expert Cyclist
Competitive finishes in Imogene Pass Run and Sandia Crossing, numerous times.
Gym Jones – Fully Certified Instructor
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Wilderness First Responder, EMT – WEMT
2018: Expanded and moved the Ripple Effect to new location in Carbondale.
2017: Four Pass Loop, run in a day, 27 miles, 10,000 felt of elevation gain 8.0 hours
2016: Power of Four SkiMo Race, 25 miles, 10,000 vertical gain. 8 hours.
2015: Four Pass Loop, run in a day, 27 miles, 10,000 felt of elevation gain 8.5 hours.
2014: Rim2Rim2Rim, Grand Canyon: 43 miles, 22,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, 13 hours running time
2013: Ski Ascent Mt Blanc, Chamoix France, April/ Summit Mauna Loa, HI 13,670/ Surfed La Jolla, Nosara-Costa Rica
2012: Learned to Surf, started Surf Like a Girl clinics coordinated with Surf Diva, La Jolla CA; Surfed 30+ days, La Jolla, Nosara – Costa Rica, Tavarua Island- Fiji, Waikiki & Hawaii Kai, HI
2011: Redpointed 5.12b, 5.12c, Repeated redpoint of Autumn Ivy, Sandia Wilderness, 5.12 Trad
2010: Hit loads of new PR’s in gym, see stats
2009: FFA/Red Pointed “Autumn Ivy”, Sandia Wilderness, 5.12 Trad; and Sport 5.12a & 12b. Heliski in Terrace BC; Guided a 12-day Ski Mountaineering trip in the Ortler Region of Italy; 100,000 vertical (up & down) mostly self-propelled.
2008: Opened a private, invitation-only training facility, hidden in the foot hills of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, aka RIPPLE EFFECT
2007: Guided the Haute Route (ski mountaineering tour through the Alps, from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland following the Verbier variation), 60 miles, 20,000′ of elevation gain.
2006: Passed AMGA Rock Guide Exam, Red Rock Nevada. Guided the Haute Route (ski mountaineering tour through the Alps, from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland), 60 miles, 20,000′ of elevation gain
2005: Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon (Ride, Run, Ski, Snowshoe – 43 miles, 4800 ft elevation gain), 1st place (35-39), 7th female overall in 5:19:35; Established NM based guide service and created her women’s rock and ice climbing series “Climb Like A Girl”.
2004: First ascent of “The Promised Land”, Sandia Wilderness, Grade V, 5.12c
2003: Defined Fitness Duathlon Albuquerque, NM, Run 5k, Bike 20k, Run5 k, 1st place
2002: Founded RIPPLEFFECT Training, FFA- Dancing on the Moon 5.11, 2xBW DL 255# at the time.
2001: Expedition to Makalu: Climber and Trip Sponsorship Coordinator for the American Makalu Expediaton; the 5th highest mountain in the world.
1999: Climbed “Nemesis” on the Stanley Headwall, Canadian Rockies, 150m, WI 6;
1998: Climbed Mt Stewart – TH to TH in 12hrs;
1997: Climbed a Grade V in a day, “Epinephrine”, Red Rocks, in 5 hours. Guided 20+ 5-6,000M Peaks South America, Ecuador and Bolivia.
1996: Climbed “Iron Hawk” 5.9, A4+, VI El Capitan, Yosemite
1993-1994: Began Climbing guiding career, education with AMGA, first training certification, Imogene Pass Run 93 & 94 – 1st age group 20 – 29,3rd overall. 1994 Sandia Crossing Run 27miles 1st Female.
1988-92 USCF Cat 2 Road Cyclist, NORBA Expert Mountain Bike Racer, Winter Telemark- ski ascents: SF Baldy, Truchas Peak, Lake Fork Peak, Wheeler Peak. Founder of Women’s Mtn Biking Clinics: Bike Repair/Technique for Riding. EMT-Basic, WFR, W-EMT. Level I & II Avalanche Training
Guided and or climbed 1996 – 2013
South America: Cotopaxi (19,300ft):
Cayambe (18 ,995ft):
Illiniza Sur (17,600ft) and Norte (17,300ft) in Ecuador.
Pyrimide Blanca, West Face AI 3,(17,200ft);
Peq. Alpamayo, Normal Route & West Face AI 4 (17,700ft);
Huayna Potosi, Standard Route AI 3 (19,800ft);
Illimani, West Ridge (21,100ft); in Bolivia.
North America: North Ridge Mt. Baker (10,781ft) AI 4 Grade IV, Coleman Deming Route, Easton Glacier Route.
Glacier Peak(10,541ft), Frostbite Ridge AI3 4th class;
Mt Shuksan (9131ft) Fischer Chimney’s and Sulphide Glacier Routes:
Mt Daniel, (7960ft) Daniel Glacier Route;
Forbidden Peak (8815ft) West Ridge AI 3 5.7;
Mt. Stuart (9,415ft) Stuart Glacier Couloir”, IV, WI3, 5.6, WA, car-to-car in 16hrs.
Enclosure Couloir & Northwest Ridge”, IV, AI3, 5.7, Enclosure, Tetons, WY,
North Ridge of the Grand Teton (13,770ft) 5.8 V,
CMC Route Mount Moran (12,065ft),
NW Couloir Middle Teton (13,200ft) AI 4 easy 5th.
East ridge of Teewinot (12,325ft) 5.8 var. Teton National Park, WY
France: Mont Blanc, Ski Summit 15,781ft; Chere Couloir, D, Mont Blanc Du Tacul (AI4+ M4); Cosmiques Arete PD+, Aguille du Midi;
South Face Aguille du Midi, Contamine Route III 11.a,
Rebuffet Route IV 5.10; Point Lachanel;
Pollux AD SW ridge; West Flank of Dom Peak, Switzerland, highest peak (entirely) in Switzerland.
5.12 I Autumn Ivy, Sandia Wilderness NM;
5.11a lll Midsummer Nights Dream/Sex Comedy, Black Canyon, CO;
5.11a lll Comic Relief, Lightning Bolt Cracks, Black Canyon, CO;
5.12c V FA The Promise Land Sandia Wilderness, NM;
5.11b/c I Spaghetti Western, On sight, Indian Creek, UT;
5.10b III Johnny Quest Questa Dome, NM;
5.10+ IV Inti Watanna, Red Rock, NV;
5.11b/c ll FA Sister Sledge, Sandia Wilderness, NM;
5.11a ll Western Justice, On sight, Sandia Wilderness, NM;
5.12a lll VooDoo Child, Sandia Wilderness, NM;
5.11a IV Levitation 29 Red Rock, NV;
5.8 A2 V Lowe Route, Angels Landing, Zion, UT;
5.8 A3 IV Super Glide, Sandia Wilderness, NM;
5.9 A4 VI Iron Hawk, Yosemite, CA;
5.11c lll North Face, Monster Tower, Canyon Lands, UT;
5.10d lll Washer Woman Tower, Canyon Lands, UT;
5.10a lll Chapelle de Gliere, Chamonix, FR;
5.11c lll Voix Contamine, S Face Aguille du Midi;
5.10b/c IV Voix Rebuffet, S Face Aguille du Midi;
5.11b/c IV Luna Bong, Verdon, France;
5.10b/c ll Coeur de Verre, Verdon, France;
5.11 A0 IV The Grand Wall, Squamish, BC;
5.11 c/d ll SA Dancing on the Moon, Sandia Wilderness, NM;
5.11a ll Fine Jade, Castle Valley, UT;
5.11 d ll Crime of the Century, Squamish, BC;
5.11d IV Cloud Tower, Red Rock, NV;
5.9 V Epinephrine, Red Rocks, NV;
5.11a lll Lightning Bolt Cracks, North Six Shooter, UT
The Rigid Designator WI 4/5 II;
The Fang WI 5/6 II; Redstone Pillar WI4;
Secret Probation M7;
Dexter Creek Slab WI3/4 III;
Skyrocket WI5 III;
Senator Gulch WI 4/5;
The RibbonWI4 V;
The Skylight WI 5 M5/6;
Choppo’s Chimney WI 4/5 II;
Slip Sliddin’ Away WI4 M5 II;
Slippery When Wet WI 4/5 M5 II;
Chockstone Chimney WI 4/5 II;
Horsetail Falls WI 4/5 II;
Coronet Falls WI4 –;
The Fang WI5 II;
Bridalveil Falls WI5+ IV;
Silver Pick Falls WI 4+/5 I;
Ames Ice Hose WI 5 III;
Ames Falls WI4/5 I;
Cracked Canyon Ice Fall, WI 5 M5;
Sundance WI 4/5 I;
Cataract Creek WI 3/4;
Direct North Face WI 4/5 III;
Snowblind WI 5 III;
Bad Ass Pencil WI 5/6 I;
Whore House Hoses WI 4/5 IV;
Stairway To Heaven WI 4 IV;
Gold Rush WI 4/5 III;
Second Gully WI4 III;
Haflin Canyon WI 4/5;
Lime Creek WI 4+ II;
Treasure Falls WI4+ II;
Moratorium WI 4/5 II;
The Mean Green WI 5 III;
High on Boulder WI 4+ III;
Gibraltar Wall WI 4;
Essondale Right WI 4+ III;
Carlsberg Column WI 5 III;
Louise Falls WI 4 – 5 II;
Lower and Upper Weeping Wall WI 5+ IV;
Mixed Master 5.8 WI 5 IV;
Ice Nine WI 5+;
Kitty Hawk WI 5 IV;
Rainbow Serpent WI 6 III;
Malignant Mushroom WI 5 II;
Professor Falls WI 4 III;
Murchison Falls, My Daddy’s a psycho Variation WI 5+ III;
SARS on Ice WI3/4 III;
Five Seven Zero WI 4 III;
Pilsner Pillar WI 6 III;
Nemesis VI, WI 6.
About Betsy Dain-Owens
Betsy grew up in the Pacific Northwest, with the mountains, rivers and rocky coastlines as her playground. Remote landscapes, harsh conditions, and the company of those who “get it” energize and inspire her.
Betsy has been working with Carolyn since 2012. She is dedicated to the continuous learning of new tools and techniques – both inside and outside of the gym – that effect self-growth, injury prevention, and blasting through obstacles. In addition to her work at Ripple Effect Training, Betsy guides for International Mountain Guides in Washington state and South America, and teaches Avalanche Awareness and Education Courses in Colorado.
Prior to coaching and guiding, Betsy earned an Environmental Engineering B.S.E. from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover NH, and subsequently worked as a mechanical and manufacturing engineer in Albuquerque, NM. She soon realized that her passion for adventure and a life well lived exceeded her ability to spend 70 hour work weeks inside an office. Departing from the engineering world has allowed her to pursue white water raft guiding, rock climbing instruction, alpine ski instruction, ski patrol and emergency medicine, and eventually athlete training and mountain guiding; all endeavors which continue to inspire and inform her work and life outlooks.
Dead Lift 225#
Front Squat 135#
Back Squat 160#
Over Head Squat 80#
Bench Press 95#
30” Box Jump
Pull Ups 15, Single Rep Max @ +20#
Row 500m 1:48
Row 1000m 3:59
Row 2000m 8:11
AD 1:00 All Out 36cal
AirDyne 10:00 All Out 182cal
ACE Personal Trainer
StrongFirst Barbell Level 1 Course
StrongFirst Kettle Bell Course
SFMA Level 1 Certification
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification
Wilderness First Responder
American Avalanche Association Professional Level 1 Certification
AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor
AIARE Level I & II, Instructor Training Courses
Rigging for Rescue Waterfall Ice Climbing and Rescue Course
Swift Water Rescue Technician
Leave No Trace Master Educator
Expedition Leader, Cordillera Blanca, Peru:
Mount Pisco (Pisco Oeste), 18,871 ft, SW Ridge, Alpine PD+, 30°- 45°
Mount Ishinca, 18,200 ft, Normal Route, Alpine PD-
Expedition Leader, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru (High Altitude Trekking)
Mount Rainier (14,410 ft), Washington, 40+ summits since 2014, via the Disappointment Cleaver, Kautz Ice Chute and Emmons Glacier Routes
Ski Descent, Emmons Glacier, Mount Rainier
Ski Ascent and Descent, Ski Hayden Peak (13,316 ft), Colorado
Ski Ascent and Descent, Mount Sopris, Colorado
Castle Peak (14,279 ft), Colorado
Conundrum Peak (14,064 ft), Colorado
Middle Truchas Peak ski ascent and descent, Truchas Mountains, New Mexico
Expedition Guide, Aconcagua (22,837 ft), Argentina
Mount Baker (10,781 ft), Washington, ski ascent and descent via the Coleman-Deming Route
Mount Shuksan (9,131 ft), Washington, via the Sulphide Glacier Route
Little Tahoma (11,138 ft), Washington
Aguja Guillaumet, Argentina; via the Brenner-Moschioni Route (300m, 30º, 6b)
Mt. Tocllaraju (~19,790 ft), Peru, via the Northwest Ridge Route
Mt. Ishinca (~18,200 ft), Peru, ascended Northwest Ridge, descended Southwest Ridge
Mt. Urus (~17,900 ft), Peru, via the Normal Route
Grand Teton (13,770ft), via the Owen Spaulding Route and Upper Exum Ridge
Garibaldi Neve Traverse with Clinker Peak Variation, 30 miles single push on skis, Coast Mountains, British Columbia
ROCK (Multi-pitch Traditional)
Bird on a Wire, 5.10, Joshua Tree, CA
Dappled Mare, 5.8, Joshua Tree, CA
Right On, 5.6, Joshua Tree, CA
Western Saga, 5.9, Joshua Tree, CA
Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre, 5.8, Questa Dome, NM
Serpentine Crack, 5.8, Tres Piedras, NM
Casually Off Route, Grade II 5.9, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO
Sifuentes Weber (5.9, Grade II, 100m), Aguja Frey, The Frey, Argentina
Naca Naca Crunch Crunch (5+, 120m), El Abuelo, The Frey, Argentina
Clemenso (5+, 150m), Torre Principal, The Frey, Argentina
Shiva la de los cuatro brazos, (5+, 100m), El Pirimidal, The Frey, Argentina
Diedro de Jim, 5+, Aguja Frey, The Frey, Argentina
Angel’s Crest (5.10b, Grade IV), Squamish Chief, British Columbia
The Squamish Buttress-Butt Face Variation (5.9, Grade III), Squamish Chief, British Columbia
Holland-Davis Route (5.10c, 400′, Grade III), Index, Washington
Warpy Moople (5.9, 800′, Grade III), Sandia Crest, Sandia Mountains, New Mexico
About Caitlin Kinney
Caitlin grew up in Carbondale, where her passion for the mountains and the outdoors began. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Through also living in Baja Mexico, Bend, Hood River OR, Australia and traveling to places such as Europe, Bali, New Zealand and Australia, she found that her heart truly belongs back in Carbondale.
In terms of the mountains, Caitlin enjoys skiing, skinning, hiking, running, and mountain biking. To her, the mountains are her meditation, her grounding force and where she feels she belongs. Outside of mountain sports, Caitlin enjoys surfing, kite surfing, yoga and riding her horse in the local Carbondale rodeos.
To her, Ripple is more than just a gym. It is a safe and positive place to encourage people to become the best version of themselves both mentally and physically. The uplifting characters and unique backgrounds of those who walk through the door constantly inspire her. She loves the sense of community that Ripple brings, as well as the opportunities that allow her to consistently learn tools aiding in self growth, correct alignment, injury prevention, and how strength conditioning can transform a person’s ability to move through life in the best possible way outside the gym.
Caitlin feels incredibly grateful to be apart of such a unique, quality team at the Ripple Effect. Her passion for the outdoors, love for movement, desire for learning, teaching and wellness all interplay into her role at the gym.
Dead Lift 165#
Front Squat 135#
Back Squat 105#
Bench Press 85#
30″ Box Jump
Row 250m 1:00
Row 500m 2:06
Row 1000m 4:48
Row 2000m 9:15
Haute Route Trek From France to Switzerland, Europe
Longs Peak, Estes Park CO
Sopris Peak, Carbondale CO
Great Ocean Road Trek, Australia
Mt. Batur, Bali Indonesia
South Sister Peak, Bend OR
Yosemite Half Marathon, Yosemite CA
Aspen Valley Half Marathon, Aspen CO
Lord of the Wind Showdown Kitesurf Competition, Los Barriles Mexico
Kiteboard 4 Cancer, Hood River OR
CKA Ladies Wave competition, Morro Bay CA
…to continue to learn, explore and expand herself through the mountains, people and opportunities that the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer.
About Sabre Rafelson
About Lindsay Cheney
Lindsay grew up in Carbondale with her now husband, Trenton, with whom she has two energetic and curious little kiddos, Ivy (7) and Wyatt (5). She has enjoyed a variety of activities throughout her life including running, playing soccer, competing in various martial arts, modern dance, and snowboarding, which ultimately lead to riding on the CU Boulder snowboard team for a season. She graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in history. She recently ran the Lead King Loop 16 mile backcountry race in Marble, competed in The Red Bull Rise team event at Ajax Mountain, and the 2017 NYC Marathon (her first marathon!) to raise funds for the Chris Klug Foundation. She is looking forward to running many more and working hard towards beating her time. Her family loves to get outdoors hiking, skiing, boating, riding their bikes, jeeping or just enjoying the awesome Colorado sunshine. She is attracted to bright colors and shiny things, loves to travel, and finds cooking therapeutic.
Dead Lift 250#
Front Squat 125#
Back Squat 180#
Bench Press 135#
Box Jump 30″
500m Row 1:51
2000m Row 8:00
About Sarah Coburn
Sarah finds that the best people, moments, music, and laughter find her through movement. Her life can be traced through various mediums of it: team sports, games of barefoot capture the flag, exploring the woods, and climbing up things–trees, mountains, the side of her house–all suffice. These days she does most of her moving through climbing, running, yoga, skiing, and playing with her half-lemur, half-dog, Sophie.
Sarah graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2016 with degrees in History + Environmental Studies. During her years in college she additionally completed two semester courses with NOLS in 2013 and 2015, focused on climbing and outdoor education. Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid. She is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and she is a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT) 200-hr.
She has competed in the Cape Cod Marathon, Saratoga Palio Half Marathon, and numerous other mountain runs. Her life now finds her focused on climbing and mountain running.