Ben Riley

Ben cut his teeth in the vertical world in the sandstone Mecca of the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, his ‘home’ crag, which is a mere 8 hours from the flatlands of Michigan.  After receiving his degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University, Ben did what most aspiring climbers who live in the Midwest do: move westward!  Moving to Moab, Utah opened up a whole new world to Ben, full of endless sandstone cracks, towers, boulders, and never-ending adventure.  Keeping Moab as his home base, Ben also traveled the country in the climbing off-season, anywhere from the sandstone boulders of the southeast to alpine granite in California.

As is with the desert, it seems, it always beckoned him back until Ben decided to live and work year-round in Moab.  Moab is known for its world class climbing, biking, hiking, rafting, and everything outdoors; it is especially known in the climbing world for Indian Creek and its iconic desert spires.  If you’ve ever spent a night camping at Indian Creek, watching the sun set behind the North and South Six Shooter towers, you can understand the draw this majestic place can have.  Ben has spent countless days walking the endless cliff lines surrounding the Moab area, seemingly finding ten more potential projects for each one he completes!

Ben has climbed both sport and trad routes up to 5.13 and bouldered as hard as V9.  Although keeping consistent goals keeps motivation high, Ben thrives on the adventure, camaraderie and pushing personal limits that come with our outdoor endeavors.  You’ll find Ben most psyched after watching someone put down their project or push themselves further than they ever have before!

Ben does it all: from the big walls in Zion National Park and Black Canyon, to sport climbing high in the La Sal Mountain multi-pitch desert towers, traveling to new bouldering areas, and, of course, climbing the infinite amount of classic splitter cracks the Moab area is known for. His love for the desert, and the Moab area in particular, allows him to engage in all aspects of climbing and bring a new level of psych with every changing season.  His love for climbing and the desert landscape is contagious.  It’s hard to not feel the perpetual psyche he brings on each new climbing adventure.  Sharing this experience is one of the many things that drive him.  If you find yourself in Moab, or anywhere in the Southwest Desert for that matter, send him an email.  He’d love to hear from you, give beta on climbing in the region or just share in the stoke!