Nate Postma, President
Nate is the founder/President of Vertical Endeavors and has more than 22 years of experience in the ownership and operations of several large commercial climbing facilities. He is a founding board member of the former Climbing Gym Association (CGA) and the current Climbing Wall Association (CWA) and also a former board member of the Climbing Wall Industry Group (CWIG). In addition, Nate is a member of the CWA’s Engineering Standards Committee (ESC) – the group that is currently updating and re-issuing the old CWIG climbing wall standards. Nate has been an avid climber for over 30 years.
Pam Postma, Vice President
Starting in 1979, Pam formerly worked in administration and accounting for Midwest Great Dane Trailers. Pam married her high school sweet-heart, Nate, in 1981 and was introduced to climbing later that year at a time when you didn’t really see women on the rock. Pam traveled from the east coast to the west coast climbing everything and trying to keep up with Nate. She participated in numerous local and national competitions meeting great people in the climbing industry. Climbing became the way of life. In 1995, Pam left her career of sixteen years with Midwest Great Dane Trailers to help with the birth of Vertical Endeavors, her husband’s dream.
During the growth stages of Vertical Endeavors, and in the early days when the company operated from the couple’s residential garage, Pam worked in almost all of the various jobs at VE. Pam takes care of the financial and HR aspects of the business today. In her free time, Pam enjoys wind surfing with Nate, which results in vacations to the Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and Caribbean Islands. She enjoys the beautiful country and of course scoping out the rock formations.
Jason Noble, Operations Manager
Jason Noble has been deeply involved in the climbing industry since joining Vertical Endeavors in 1992. In his tenure at Vertical Endeavors, Jason managed the first climbing facility to participate in the CGA (Climbing Gym Association) Accreditation Program and acted as an Examiner for the Accreditation Program. Jason held a position on the CWA Industry Practices and Certification Standards Committees, which were tasked with maintaining the Industry Practices and a National Instructor Certification Standard. Jason is currently the Chair for the new CWA Industry Practices Committee which is revising the Industry practices for its third Edition. Jason is also one of the few instructors nationally that is able to provide certification for Providers of the Climbing Wall Associations Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Course. As the District Supervisor for Vertical Endeavors, Jason oversees four commercial climbing facilities. He enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys, Tristan and Taylor. Some of his passions are climbing, downhill ski racing, wake surfing, water skiing and mountain biking.
Noal Ronken, Training + Business Development Manager
Noal is currently the Training and Business Development Manager for Vertical Endeavors but was formerly the facility manager at the St. Paul location. His climbing career began on a beautiful line on the north side of a local crag dubbed the “REI Pinnacle” in Bloomington, MN. Despite these very plastic beginnings his climbing has now taken him as far east as the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and as far west as Smith Rock in Oregon. His tendency to jump on difficult boulder problems off the couch has led to just as many rumors of hollow bones as tweaked tendons. But his love for the sport and talking (extensively, as a many of never-enough words) about the sport is undeniable. Outside of climbing he enjoys running, paddleboarding, hiking, golfing, watching sports, attending concerts, playing guitar, writing music and exploring new corners of the Twin Cities.
David Schwab, Director of Safety, Training & Guiding (VEGA)
David is the Director of Safety and Training for Vertical Endeavors and the Director of Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures (VEGA). He began rock climbing in 1987 and has been heavily involved with the sport ever since. His experience includes numerous trips to various climbing areas including Joshua Tree, California, Red Rocks, Nevada,The New River Gorge, West Virginia, Eldorado Canyon, Colorado and his “home” climbing area of the Black Hills of South Dakota. In addition to being a certified Level III VEGA guide, he is a nationally certified provider for the Climbing Wall Association in Boulder, Colorado,as well as an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified Single Pitch Instructor and Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) Single Pitch Climbing Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor. Based on his credentials, David has been training and certifying rock climbing instructors throughout the nation since 2010.
David is a former Program Development Specialist for the US Probation Office where he was a professional trainer for over 20 years. He also continues to teach snowbording at Afton Alps and is a former member of the American Association of Snowboading Instructors, Central Division Education Staff.
Feel free to contact David at email@example.com for your next outdoor guided adventure or for private climbing lessons at either of the Twin Cities Vertical Endeavors facilities.
Zach Conklin, Facility Manager
Zach has spent most of his life in the outdoors from the farm and scouting as a youth to thru hiking and climbing starting in the late ’90’s. Zach guided both rock and ice with VEGA for 4 years which included training new guides. His favorite route is Snake Dike on Half Dome in Yosemite, California. Married for 15 years with two girls and Zach recently climbed Devil’s Tower with his 12 year old daughter Emma.
Gabe Olson, Assistant Facility Manager + VEGA Coordinator
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Nick Smith, Head Route Setter
Nick has a deep passion for traveling and exploring new places to climb outdoors. Having visited many different climbing areas around the country, Nick draws his inspiration from the unique sequences that natural features provide for the routes and boulders he sets in the gym. As Head Route Setter he takes pride in all routes that go up on the walls of the gym and ensures that route setters are giving climbers a quality product that moves them and challenges them in new ways.
When Nick isn’t slinging new routes in the gym you can be sure to find him taking in the natural world by taking long bike rides, hiking, snapping pictures, and of course, climbing outside.
Eric Berseth, Graphic Design + Marketing Specialist
Eric is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with a BFA in Graphic Design. He brings with him a passion for climbing and design. Eric’s first experience climbing was at a birthday party as a child. It wasn’t until recently that he rekindled his interest in the sport. He started back up with his brother in March of 2013, climbing weekly at VE Minneapolis, and has progressed to sport lead climbing outdoors in Red Wing, Minnesota.
You might see him in the gym as he frequents the VE Twin Cities locations. In his free time, Eric enjoys cooking, new music, camping, biking and skiing.