Our commitments to you

We commit to sustainability and acting in an environmentally responsible way

We commit to indoor and outdoor climbing education of our members and staff

We commit to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment 

We commit to growth by providing a space where our community can reach their goals

We commit to ensuring fun is the core of the Contact experience

Our team

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Jeff Compas

CEO / CO-FOUNDER

Jeff has been climbing for 11 years but like most in our sport, he has climbed on everything from the time he was able to pull himself up and mantel over the edge of his crib. Jeff loves to share his passion for climbing with others. Over the years, Jeff and Jenny have taken hundreds of youth and adults on climbing trips and opening a climbing gym in St. George has been a long time goal of theirs. 

CHRIS Horton

COO / CO-FOUNDER

Chris' dream of owning a climbing gym started when he first pulled on plastic over 20 years ago. Chris has been climbing for 25+ years including guiding, route development, coaching and training. Since leaving Southern Utah, his goal has been to return to his favorite part of the world permanently. Chris is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, contributing to a fun, inclusive climbing community and environmental stewardship.

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Jacquelyn Horton

GENERAL MANAGER / CO-FOUNDER

When Jacquelyn isn't climbing you'll find her 

camping, baking gluten free cookies, SUPing,

or backpacking (usually with a chihuahua in her backpack and Nixon at her side.)

She LOVES the crags in Southern Utah and is passionate about being a positive steward to the environment and local community.

Jacquelyn aspires to bring St. George the facility of it's dreams and is grateful for the opportunities St. George has already provided Contact! 

Jenny compas

YOGA STUDIO MANAGER / CO-FOUNDER

Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga are Jenny's specialties. She has been practicing since 2006 and was certified to teach from the amazing Maggie Smith Odette in 2013. She began climbing in 2008 and has taught countless numbers of youth and adults both yoga and climbing. Jenny is excited to run the Yoga Studio at Contact and connect with the community in a state of the art climbing facility.  

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Andrew Dederer

HEAD ROUTESETTER

Andrew started climbing in high school, and began setting around the same time. He got his start at a small, local gym and since then, has been setting for several years at gyms in the Chicago and Las Vegas areas. Andrew generally leans towards routes that are either progressive or very consistent throughout the climb. His boulders tend to also climb that way, but he loves some funky movement too!If he's not in the gym, you can find him out exploring the great access that St. George has to offer, or likely at home playing music.    

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Nixon
RESIDENT CRAG DOG

Nixon has been cragging responsibly since he was just a pup. He's an encouraging partner but also knows when to "go lay down". He's an ambassador to the sport and helps climbers pass the time between burns on their project. When he isn't taking people climbing, he enjoys herding cattle, trail running and sharing people's lunch. 

His dislikes include people swinging on ropes and general horseplay (we didn't make this up, he was born to work at a climbing gym.) 

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Taylor Fragomeni

ASSISTANT HEADROUTESETTER

Taylor has been climbing since 2011, routesetting since 2012, and instructing & coaching since 2013. She was also previously a Head Routesetter and a Head Coach! 

Taylor considers herself primarily a performance sport climber and views climbing as a vertical dance. She is originally from Upstate NY and highly values learning and curiosity, vulnerability and authenticity, kindness and compassion. Taylor loves teaching and has a coaching business called Tangent Climbing. She is so grateful to be joining the Contact family (as are we to have her!) and the St. George climbing community!!