Hey! I’m Tim, the founder of ShayrdAir - a Denver-based climbing platform that combines digital and in-person instruction with the world’s best climbers.
A little about our company and me: A few years ago, I worked for a global non-profit, traveling and working in China, India, Malawi, and Jordan. Leading teams in remote, low-resource environments, I developed a drive to explore and find new ways to solve problems.
I later moved to New York City to pursue an MBA at Columbia. During my second year at school, Free Solo- a movie about pro climber Alex Honnold conquering the first free solo climb of Yosemite's El Capitan - had an early release in NYC, and I asked my classmates if they wanted to go. Following that showing, I saw the documentary two more times in theatres. There was something about it – the aesthetics, the focus, the risk, the reward, and the asking and answering a simple question: “What am I capable of?
From then on, I wanted to learn how to climb, but I didn’t know where to start. Through a fortunate turn of events, I met Jordan Cannon, a pro climber who, like Alex, spent most of his time in Yosemite, pursuing the type of big wall adventures that excited me.
After grabbing lunch with him, Jordan agreed to become my climbing mentor. Over the past two years, he’s helped me perfect my movement, design training programs, pick climbing gear, and have those critical conversations about my goals, motivations, and the traditions that define climbing today.
Since Jordan lives out of his van most of the year, we got creative and used a combination of online videos, Zoom calls, and in-person lessons to keep me moving in the right direction. The more we worked together, the more I thought other climbers might want to have a similar experience. From that intuition, I founded ShayrdAir.
Whether you have always wanted to climb like me and don’t know where to start or have always wanted to get into the alpine and climb a big wall, we’re here to help, building digital and in-person programs that offer mentorship with pro climbers, experiences with our Front Range partners, and a community of peers you can rely on for years to come.