Meet Our Instructors
Wesley started climbing in 2004 at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR. He was instantly drawn to the community and the tranquility of climbing. As he learned more about the different disciplines of climbing he discovered a passion for traditional style climbing.
His love for the sport inspired him to regularly introduce climbing to people and eventually led him to take a position as an instructor for Climb Nashville. He earned his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification in 2015 and currently works as the programs director for Climb Nashville.
James began climbing in 2011 in the crags around Nairobi, Kenya. Since moving to the Southeast, he's climbed sport, trad, and, if absolutely necessary, boulders all across the region. He is drawn to climbing by its unique combination of athleticism, aesthetics, and adventure.
He has been trained by the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Medical Associates, and the American Mountain Guide Association, from whom he earned his Single Pitch Instructor certification in 2017.
Arno Ilgner distinguished himself as a pioneering rock climber in the 1970s and 80s. In 1995, after searching the literature and practice of mental training, Ilgner formalized his methods, created The Warrior’s Way, and began teaching full time.
Ilgner has taught clinics across the U.S.A. and abroad. He holds a BA in Geology, operated a geological consulting firm, acted as CFO for a company, and attended the Army Ranger School. He lives and climbs in Tennessee.
Adam began climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge in the year 2000. Since then he has enjoyed climbing at numerous locations throughout North America. In 2006 he became a member of the American Mountain Guides Association and has been teaching rock climbing ever since. He joined the instructor team at Climb Nashville in 2014.