Yosca is the Captain of the ship in Newburyport, having risen through the ranks in Everett before heading north. He first started climbing in 2009 and joined the MetroRock team shortly after, drawn to the community as much as the climbing. He's a sport climber at heart but also loves ice climbing, and easy trad. His favorite climbs include Priapism, Super Best Friends, Razor's Edge, and various bits and pieces of Cathedral Ledge.
In addition to running The North, he likes to ferment, cure, smoke, and otherwise prepare foods for friends and family. His bacon is better than yours. He also tolerates hiking, shreds the gnar on the ski slopes, and absolutely adores quiet reading time.
Mike Veazey began climbing decades ago in Maine and has since traveled and climbed obsessively and extensively all over North America. In addition to being head routesetter in Newburyport, he is also in charge of outdoor staff training, and helps to run all of MetroRock's climbing competitions. To date, he has been a key part of setting/organizing/running more than 100 competitions at MetroRock and other venues. He has high-angle rescue training, is an AMGA certified climbing instructor and a USAC Certified routesetter. His climbing achievements include Fat Lady (5.13c) and First Ascent of Jack-in-the-box (5.12a R).
Veazey is a father of two, explorer, route developer, and adventurer who loves to share his passion of climbing (both indoors and out) with everyone.
Sarah began climbing at MetroRock Newburyport while at UNH as an undergrad. Her love for the outdoors, climbing, and the community brought her back to the gym first as the outdoor camp counselor, then as a coach, a setter, the program coordinator, assistant manager, etc, before taking over the youth team in 2018. This set her focus on youth programs and overall coaching, where she mainly resides today. Since taking the lead coach role, she has accumulated knowledge and skills from whatever book, podcast, seminar, or workshop she can get her hands on. In addition to learning from top coaches across the nation, she's added nutrition and strength training knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals and stay healthy.
In her offtime, you will probably find her enjoying the outdoors. If she's not climbing rocks at P-way or Rumney, she may be paddling the waters around Portsmouth, skiing the backcountry, or hiking around New Hampshire. Either way, her little dog Lela is likely to be nearby, being cute and fuzzy.