Climbing Bio / Keith Mussallem

Keith looks forward to teaching climbers of any age or skill-level about the sport

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Keith started climbing in Pennsylvania in 1980. He has taught climbing to a variety of youth and adult participants over the years, for many different outdoor adventure clubs and organizations. He has climbed in many parts of the US, including PA, WV, NH, WY, UT, ID, WA, OR, AZ, NV, and CA. He learned and practiced traditional climbing from 1980 until 1995 when he also started sport climbing at indoor at gyms. Keith spends most of his climbing days at indoor Rock Gyms and outdoors climbing sport routes. Occasionally, he still climbs Trad routes.

While teaching high school math and science in Reno, Keith was on Staff at Rock Sport Climbing Gym. He learned the basics for route setting as well as honed his climbing teaching skills. Keith taught and coordinated several programs including a 60 hour, summer school Rock Climbing class, and a Recreationally Competitive Rock Climbing program for Reno area high school youth. Keith also trained with Rock Sport Staff and their Competitive Youth Team. Keith retired from teaching in 2006 when he moved to Oregon.
While in Oregon, Keith has been teaching rock climbing for the Non-Profit Adventures W/O Limits, as well as on Staff with the REI Outdoor School. He has worked at the Sunset Athletic Club Climbing Wall on and off since 2009, where he has assisted with the Youth Climbing Team and running the Rock Wall.

Since 1980, Keith has taught hundreds of people how to climb, He adheres to the principles of have fun, be aware, have a positive attitude, let go of judgment, and safety comes first. He teaches and promotes strong belaying and climber awareness, as well as technical climbing skills. Keith has taught many beginners, as well as helped climbers advance their skills to the 5.12 level. In addition to a solid teaching foundation, he has developed a unique Tai Chi Climbing program. Tai Chi Climbing combines the basic foundations of Tai Chi and applies them to climbing.

Keith experiences life as a process that keeps evolving. He enjoys a variety of recreational and personal activities which promote meaning and personal evolution, including: Rock Climbing, XC/Back Country skiing, tele skiing, mtn biking, hiking, flat water kayaking, white water rafting and inflatable kayaking, coastal beach hiking, birding, philosophy, writing, photography, Tai Chi/Qigong/Yoga/Meditation, Feng Shui (creating beautiful places to live and work), Eastern and Alternative Medicine, and …

Whatever your process and adventure in life, Keith will be happy to be a part of it and share it with you.

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