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.
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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
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 scapes, harsh mountain 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, Betsy guides for International Mountain Guides in Washington state and South America. Past experience includes engineering, white water raft guiding, rock climbing instruction, ski patrol, and ski instruction.
Bench Press 95#
30” Box Jump
Pull Ups 15
500m row 1:48
AD 1:00 All Out 36cal
1000m row 3:59
2000m row 8:11
AD 10:00 All Out 182cal
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder
AIARE Level I & II
Swiftwater Rescue Technician
ACE Personal Trainer
Leave No Trace Instructor
Middle Truchas Peak ski ascent and descent, Truchas Mountains, New Mexico
Mount Rainier (14,410 ft), Washington, 25+ summits since 2014, via the Disappointment Cleaver and Emmons Routes
Mount Baker (10,781 ft), Washington, ski ascent and descent via the Coleman-Deming Route
Little Tahoma (11,138 ft), Washington
Aguja Guillaumet, Argentina; via the Brenner-Moschioni Route (300m, 30º, 6b)
Mount Shuksan (9,131 ft), Washington, via the Sulphide Glacier
Mount Rainier, Washington (see above)
Mt. Tocllaraju (~19,790 ft), Peru, Northwest Ridge
Mt. Ishinca (~18,200 ft), Peru, ascended Northwest Ridge, descended Southwest Ridge
Mt. Urus (~17,900 ft), Peru
Sifuentes Weber (5.9, Grade II, 300′), 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, 100m, 5+, El Pirimidal, The Frey, Argentina
Angel’s Crest (5.10b, Grade IV), 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 Lindsay Cheney
Lindsay grew up in Carbondale with her now husband, Trenton, with whom she has two energetic and curious little kiddos, Ivy (4) and Wyatt (2). She has enjoyed a variety of activities throughout her life including running, playing soccer, competing in various martial arts, doing 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 (Go Buffs!). Her family loves to get outdoors hiking, 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 145#
Bench Press 115#
Box Jump 30″
500m Row 1:51
2000m Row 8:00