Meet the Team

Owners

Laura Bellisle

General Manager

Laura started climbing in Yosemite in 2008. It wasn't until she met Andrew that she climbed inside at Denver Bouldering Club and Earth Treks, and she was hooked!

Her business management background means Basecamp will be committed to providing you the best customer service possible so you can spend more time climbing.

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Andrew Bellisle

Climbing Manager

Andrew loves climbing––from bouldering to big walls to everything in between. He's enjoyed climbing in the Hills and getting to know the climbing community here.

His experience route-setting and coaching will elevate Basecamp's ability to reach climbers of all levels. Andrew carefully chose every hold at Basecamp and is pumped to ensure a variety of styles in the gym.

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Staff

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Sarah Ponwith
Route Setter, Designer,
Coach, Front Desk

Sarah loves seeing different parts of the climbing community come together at Basecamp.  Her design skills elevate the gym––from the mural in the weight room to the Founding Members volume to her incredible photos. She also pushes our setting team to think outside the box ensuring climbers of all levels have interesting movement to master.

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Ian Osborn
Route Setter, Coach, Front Desk

Ian's commitment to helping climbers progress and execution of high quality routes made us excited to officially welcome him as a professional member of our setting team in October 2020. Since then he has come on board as a climbing coach and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.  His positive attitude creates just the kind of community we value here at Basecamp.

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Spencer Marty
Head Route Setter

Spencer moving here in the Fall of 2020 was a gift to the Black Hills. His setting experience, from Minneapolis Bouldering Project and beyond, and his strength help Spencer set for all levels and styles. This experience, combined with his team approach and his creativity with movement, make Spencer the perfect person to lead our setting team!

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Murray LaHood-Burns 
Front Desk

Having grown up in the Hills and graduated from Mines, Murray brings a wealth of local knowledge to the team. He is always down to rope up outside or talk beta, especially if it includes a drop knee.

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Kolton Arthur
Front Desk, Coach

Kolton recently graduated from Black Hills State with a degree in Outdoor Recreation.  His love of climbing and excellent customer service welcome all climbers into the Basecamp climbing community. He's always excited to talk beta or have a campus challenge.