Meet the Staff

Grant FarmerGeneral Manager
Grant Farmer

Grant started climbing in college in 2008 at the school's climbing wall. Soon after starting, his friend took him to Foster Falls in Tennessee and he got hooked on real rock. His favorite discipline is sport climbing and recently red-pointed his first 5.13 (Tin Man, Rumney, NH). His favorite climbs are Millennium Falcon at Rumney, Cuttlefish at Farley Ledges, The Gift in the Red, and Skywalker in Squamish. Every vacation he takes has revolved around climbing and he's gotten to climb in Virgin Gorda, Yangshuo, Kalymnos, and Squamish and loves sharing beta. One of his non-climbing accomplishments is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2012. If you've seen him around, there's a good chance that his Husky, Yukla, has also been near-by sharing in the adventure.

As General Manager at MetroRock, he's done everything from helping build the actual space, to everything that needs to get done to make it run smoothly.

ZachChief Route Setter
Zach  Larson

Zach has been climbing since his teen years and for half of that time, he's made it to Youth Nationals and been on the USA Youth National team twice. He began setting at MetroRock in 2014 and quickly developed a brilliant sense of movement that takes other setters years to acquire.

For him, climbing is only part of the fun--jumping off at the top is the icing on the cake! Zach's hobbies include cliff diving, deep water soloing, hanging with his dog Titan, and exploring places he shouldn't be in.

In 2015, he spent some time with his brother Josh in Puerto Rico cleaning boulders and scouting the island's amazing climbing potential. He had the time of his life and put up the following proud boulders: Guaraguao V8, Groupie V8 (FA), The Crack V8 (FA), and The UtterMilker V8 (FA).

Esther DionisioAssistant Manager - Marketing
Esther Dionisio

New York City native! Esther has been climbing since August 2016. She thought she’d have a career in television as a production assistant or video editor. But after discovering her obsession for climbing, she decided to pivot her career and revolve it around that. Climbing is the type of sport where it doesn’t matter if you male, female, strong, or weak. It’s a sport filled with passionate people where you can find your own path and goals. After a few years of being involved in the climbing community and making new friends, she’s now MetroRock Brooklyn’s Social Media Guru!

Her and Mackenzie started the gym’s first Women Crush Wednesdays! Bringing discounted day passes to all women, all day, every Wednesdays. Their goal is to create space for one of the many minority groups in climbing. Join them for their WCW Socials at Bushwick’s local bars!

Esther’s fear of heights keeps her close to the ground with bouldering. Her favorite place to climb is at Red Rock in Vegas. She’s only been climbing at The Gunks, HP40, and Red Rock. She hopes to do more road trips with her partner in their Mini van (Luzer Cruiser). You can follow their journey via Instagram (@ececlare). Other hobbies include belaying and spotting her friends, having diner coffee and hanging out with her cats.

Mackenzie TaylorAssistant Manager - Programs
Mackenzie Taylor
Mackenzie hails from the South; growing up in Houston before moving to Austin for 8 years. True to most Texans, she thrives in the heat and could do without these brisk New York winters, but thinks the whole snowing thing is pretty neat. She grew up playing an assortment of sports, ranging from soccer and softball to karate and a brief stint on a swim team before finally finding dance in high school.

She was introduced to climbing at Austin Bouldering Project through a friend 3 years ago. Her attempts to "not get that into it" obviously did not work out well. The climbing community sucked her in and welcomed her with open arms.

She now gets to call MetroRock her home and enjoy the luxury of working in her own neighborhood. While she loves the challenge of breaking through a plateau and figuring out the puzzle pieces of a climb, what brings her the most joy is the climbing community. It has simultaneously shown support and encouragement while testing her physical and mental limits. She believes the community can continue to grow and has been working with her best friend and fellow MetroRocker, Esther, to support avenues of accessibility in climbing. When she's not working at the desk or climbing, you can find her studying to be a setter, teaching pilates, dancing or eating an absurd amount of hot cheetos.