The Pinnacle Sports team consists of some of the most experienced and friendly outdoor adventurers going around today. We all love getting outdoors and just having fun on the rocks! Find out more about the team below:
You'd be hard pressed to find a climbing store or gym in Brisbane that AJ hasn't been involved with in some way. He's been climbing for two decades and has worked in a variety of roles within the industry, from sales staff to height access technician, to eventually taking over ownership of Pinnacle Sports in 2008.
Since taking over Pinnacle Sports, AJ has pushed the business to new heights, establishing it as a premiere equipment, guiding, and inspection outlet. His passion for the business is fueled by his love of climbing in general. Over the years he has climbed in many different locations, including China and New Zealand, and has played a role in establishing climbing areas closer to home.
He still gets out for a climb when he can, but these days he is busy running around performing installations, inspections and maintenance of climbing walls all over South-East Queensland.
Oh, the places you’ll go… a very apt Dr Seuss quote! When Emily first started climbing in 1998 she never imagined that climbing would have such big impact in her life. Her climbing journey started by following a boy (he was a keeper) and climbing has shaped her travels, work, and personal life.
Emily was part of the committee that organised the inaugural Queensland State Titles Climbing in 2003, back in the days when entry forms were hand written, payment was cash on the day or cheque only and small children were gainfully employed by running competitor points back to the admin desk for data entry. Competition days ran very much in overtime.
Emily has traveled to many of the world’s premier climbing destinations, with her favourites being Getu and Yangshuo in China and Castle Hill in New Zealand.
She turned to the bouldering arts once kids arrived (lazy walk ins, faster pump outs, and it doesn’t matter if you’re ‘that’ climbing partner that bails) and is an expert in not only packing climbing gear but also an armada of snack foods (carefully chosen by the length of time it takes a small child to consume), drink bottles and Thomas bags.
The climbing community is tight knit and is filled with encouraging, positive people. The industry is vibrant and the gear evolves constantly. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of. Jia You, Pinnacle Sports!
In 2013, Alex was riding his bike past Kangaroo Point for the first time and was in awe of the climbers there. After stopping to stare like a creep for a while, a random belayer turned around and asked him if he wanted a go... this was what sparked Alex's climbing journey.
Over the next 3 years Alex went from bouldering barefoot in Toohey Forest with an old foam mattress, to embarking on big traditional climbing adventures in Tasmania. All the while through he's remained psyched on all aspects of climbing, whether it be scaling 400m cliffs or pebble-wrestling. Apart from furthering his own climbing, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with the kids in the Pinnacle Sports Kids Club, and relishes in the company of good friends. He strives to live by the mantra: "Wherever you are, be all there."
Jarred started climbing casually on plastic some time during his highschool days. It wasn’t until starting his studies at UQ and joining the Mountain Club that he found the world of ropes and rock that he has come to form a profound addiction to. After watching and learning from mentors and crushers, Jarred began spending his days and nights at Kangaroo Point and in the Glass House, building his strength and wisdom to be able to tackle bigger and harder challenges, stoked to teach and share all he has learned. Slowly climbing would become everything.
Having a career in software engineering, it was time to find a way to merge his passions for climbing and for complicated digital systems; he took up a position at Pinnacle, managing the technical backend. Now you’ll likely find him at the crag, working in-store, or having a gym boulder during his study breaks - always keen for a new adventure and to share his love of our sport.
Jonas is a climber with a passion for the arts & nature. Throughout his career as a young arts worker he has contributed to a number of cultural development projects in Queensland, Brazil and Colombia working with young people to develop confidence, self-esteem and cultural identity.
Since migrating to Australia in 2008 with a pair of climbing shoes, harness, new undies and books he has extended his practice further in fields such as marketing, event management, creative industries and outdoor adventure. Co-directing an arts organization called MARACCAS Jonas has participated in and performed in a number of events and festivals building on his techniques in clowning and physical theatre. Flicking the jokers coin, Jonas also has a serious face of a Rope Access dude with experience in maintenance, stage rigging, inspections, rescues and supervision of workers at heights.
He brings his diverse experience of work from other areas to his guiding and is always able to help people get the most out of their outdoor adventure and course. His easy-going nature and background helps to generate a fun and safe environment for his climbing and abseiling clients.
Luke began climbing in 2017 while studying and was immediately captivated by the sport. After learning a few skills from one of Adelaide’s climbing gurus, he moved back to Brisbane keen to both learn more and pay the favour forward to newer climbers.
Luke enjoys anything from short, punchy sport routes to long rambling adventure climbs; and even bouldering to a much lesser extent… but the relaxed, friendly attitude of the climbing community is his favourite part! Other than climbing, Luke enjoys cycling, running and photography.
Peta has been an active member of the Queensland climbing community for over 20 years. A technical trad climber at heart, she has spent many seasons honing her crack skills and placements at Frog Buttress, Mt French, where she claimed the first female ascent of many of the harder routes. In recent years Peta has been hard at work sport climbing on the limestone tufa crags of Europe and Asia.
Peta was Operations Manager, Head Coach and Head Coursesetter at Urban Climb, back in the days when there was only the one location, before embarking on a year-long overseas climbing trip that got a bit out of hand.
Loving the traveling lifestyle a bit too much, Peta started working with Pinnacle Sports in 2013 and currently runs the overseas trips including Kalymnos (Greece), Getu (China), Yangshuo (China) and Cat Ba Island (Vietnam). As well as guiding on these trips, Peta also draws from her considerable coaching experience to give a huge edge in improving the skills of participants on these tours.
Peta is also the creator and manufacturer of Handjam (climbing hand cream for rockclimbers) and a contributor to the website thetravelingclimber.com
Rohan started climbing in 2016, gaining interest through climbing with his family. Invested in the sport, Rohan joined the Pinnacle Sports Kids Club, and has been climbing ever since. Although he has loved everywhere he’s climbed, his favoured mountain of choice is Mount Ninderry.
In addition to climbing Rohan loves the outdoors, enjoying activities such as: kayaking, fishing, hiking and camping. As well as being an avid reader, he loves woodwork, gardening and local flora, particularly native edibles.
Sally first discovered climbing whilst completing her studies at QUT. With the cliffs being only a 10 minute walk away, she found herself climbing at Kangaroo Point more frequently, to the point where she was running uni climbing nights at the cliffs. With her newfound love for climbing, she decided to make a career of it, starting out at an indoor climbing gym, working her way over to guiding outdoor adventures. As well as taking on Pinnacle Sports social media, Sally also route sets at Pinnacle's associated gym, Beta Blvd.
Being an avid boulderer, if she’s not at any of the indoor bouldering gyms around Brisbane, you might see her at White Rock using an unnecessary amount of knee bars. When she’s taking a break from bouldering she’ll be heading to Slider at Tibrogargan, or at Kangaroo Point teaching a new skill.
Once upon a time (about 20 years ago) one of his mates told Scott that rock climbing was a good way to meet girls. He thought this was a most excellent idea, but at the time - being obsessed with pushing big lumps of metal in the gym and taking his climbing tips from the recently released movie, Cliffhanger - he was pretty crap at it.
Somewhere in the last ten years or so he discovered that he had feet on the end of his legs and that they could be used for things other than kicking footballs. This has lead to reasonable increase in his climbing ability in recent years.
Scott can be found most of the year doing a strange mix of assisting running overseas climbing tours, taking photos/video of people on these trips, tapping away on laptops sitting on logs in the jungle producing print designs, and/or falling off climbing projects.
Simon first encountered rock climbing at a pop-up climbing wall at his primary school fete in 2001. With a bit of pressure from the school Principal he was convinced to give it a go. Unbeknownst to him at the time, this would be the beginning of a life-long pursuit into exploring the vertical world. His passion for climbing was cemented when he joined a youth program at a local climbing gym in the same year. He climbed on and off at this gym throughout his childhood and teenage years until he was fortunate enough to borrow some equipment and expertise from a friend’s parent; allowing him to begin his journey into the world of outdoor climbing at Kangaroo Point.
Since his first outdoor lead climb in 2009 Simon has cut his teeth in the various disciplines of rock climbing at a number of local crags with his favourites being: Mt Coolum for sport climbing, Mt Tibrogargan for multipitch climbing and Frog Buttress for trad. Through climbing Simon has also been able to visit a number of world class destinations within Australia and overseas. Over the course of his travels in climbing both locally and abroad Simon always felt welcomed by the community and was able to make many lifelong friends.
By sharing his knowledge of climbing with these new found friends and helping to organise a trip to Israel for a group of international climbers in 2017 Simon discovered a passion for guiding. He was able to solidify this passion when he joined the Pinnacle Sports team.
At present, Simon enjoys being able to share all the positive aspects that climbing has brought to his life with others when guiding for Pinnacle Sports. In his personal climbing Simon is focused on having as much fun as possible on the rock, cultivating a psyched attitude and sharing that stoke with others. He is looking forward to many more amazing days out climbing.
Nate started climbing in Sydney around 2012/13. After meeting a random guy at university that had the gear (and a car), the rest was history. The idea of heading outdoors to the Blue Mountains appealed to Nate. After his first visit, the more he went outdoors, the more he realised what was in and around Sydney - Ku-ring-gai, Berowra, Narrabeen, The Balkans, and all of the rest.
In his own terms “Flinders Peak is the new hotness”, though he also enjoys Mt Ninderry as his go to climbing spots in Queensland (though if he could do the Blues every other weekend he would). While preferring sport climbing, he would love to try some of Brisbane's bouldering spots. When he’s not climbing, Nate enjoys a bit of cycling, a lot of hiking, and other general shenanigans.
Daniel began climbing on the Scottish sea cliffs with his Dad in the early 2000’s. Since then he has been lucky enough to climb in many amazing destinations across five continents. Despite enjoying a variety of styles he has primarily a traditional background and finds long adventurous routes the most memorable and rewarding.
After a few years teaching and clipping bolts in Spain he first visited Australia in 2012 after hearing about a place called Arapiles before making the move permanent a few years later. In Queensland you are most likely to find him out at Frog buttress through winter or shady sport crags the rest of the year.