Meet Our Instructors
Benji began climbing in 2007. He quickly transitioned to climbing outside, where he fell in love with the movement, challenge, and adventure that climbing provides. Those same elements have inspired Benji to pursue climbing around the country and abroad. Benji comes from a family of educators. His passion for teaching, mixed with his love of climbing and adventure, moved him to pursue a career as an instructor and outdoor educator.
Benji holds a Recreation Management degree with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University, is a certified Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS, and is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. He has worked with the North Carolina Outward Bound School, Adventure Treks, and The Academy at Trails Carolina, and has been instructing for Climb Nashville since 2014.
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.
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.