The Crux

The Crux

Champlain Valley Climbing Center



Meet Taylor Smith, the new Climbing Manager of The Crux - Champlain Valley Climbing Center. A recent graduate from St. Lawrence University, Taylor was actively involved with the school's outing club and served as Vice President his senior year.  During that time, he also worked at the university's climbing center and served as a guide for the outdoor program.  He also has a long history of working with The Crux, through Pok-O-MacCready Camps.


Taylor has acted as the Climbing Specialist for Pok-O-MacCready Camps for two years, during which time he has introduced hundreds of summer campers to the art and joy of rockclimbing. In addition to establishing an excellent training program at our indoor climbing facility, he has also lead outdoor climbing trips in the Adirondacks for the summer camp.


Taylor has recently returned to the United States from India, where he completed an internship to compliment his degree in Environmental Studies. Over the course of several months abroad, he collected research data for a local NGO, working with local farmers to establish financial and logistical solutions for community agriculture ventures.


We're glad to welcome him back!  Not only will Taylor be managing The Crux during its public season, but he'll also be working with the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center to further develop their climbing program.  Pok-O-MacCready campers will be excited to welcome him back to the summer camp staff again for the upcoming season, too!


What are you waiting for? 

Visit us at The Crux and get to know Taylor and the rest of our awesome staff!


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