Clint Searle, Gym Manager and Head Instructor
Clint has officially been in the climbing industry since 1997, when he became certified as an Outdoor Top-Rope Instructor and Level III High Angle Rig Rappel Rescuer. Before indoor climbing he had been an avid outdoor climber many years prior, climbing anything from trees, buildings and the odd lamp post, as well as the cliffs and rocks of Ontario, BC, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Hampshire and the UK.
Along with the years of experience in recreational and competitive climbing and bouldering, Clint has also been on the administrative end working as a climbing gym manager in Toronto. He is also a licensed helicopter pilot!
John Gross, Owner
After 25 years in the computer animation software business, and 5 years of recreational indoor climbing, John took the leap into the climbing gym business. He spent months researching and networking with people in the climbing community and attended the Climbing Wall Association Summit conference in Boulder Colorado in April, before committing to the project.
John has “competed” in 6 Tour de Bloc events, consistently helping the other climbers look good. He was raised in North York and lives near the gym with his two cats; his 2 kids are both away at university most of the time. He is trying to decide what to do with the bouldering cave in his basement…
All of the True North Climbing Inc. Instructors and Routesetters have current Standard First Aid with CPR training from St John Ambulance. We are pursuing certification for all instructors, and almost all have now been currently certified by either the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) or the Climbing Wall Association (CWA).