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About The Block

Our mission is to build an exceptional facility rooted in a supportive community where climbers can progress, connect, and have fun.

About the Founders

matt othmer

Matt Othmer

Matt Othmer was 12 years old when he first walked into The Philadelphia Rock Gym in 1996. Since then every decision he has made, good or bad, has revolved around rock climbing. After spending his 20’s traveling and climbing around the world, Matt landed on Yosemite Search and Rescue in 2012. YOSAR exposed to Matt emergency medicine, which captivated him and led him to become a paramedic. Matt moved to Reno in 2015 to hone his paramedicine skills, and quickly fell for the city. The climbing community has been the single most important force in Matt’s life and The Block is his way of supporting the climbers and mountain athletes of the Reno/Tahoe Area.

coach sean haverstock

Sean Haverstock

Sean Haverstock grew up in Sacramento, CA playing sports and skiing the resorts around Lake Tahoe. He went the ski bum route after college and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2007. He fell in love with climbing soon after and has enthusiastically pursued the two mountain sports since. He has nearly 2 decades of international climbing experience on everything from boulders to big-walls, and years of training for climbing experience. The outdoor community has become a pillar of his life. The Block is the realization of a long-time vision of creating a space for our community of climbers and mountain athletes.