Alex Wildman is the AAC Philly Chapter Co-Chair, and one of the two subjects in the film Hold Fast. The film follows American rock climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker, and Alex as his mentee and a cancer survivor, as they attempt to scale El Capitan in Yosemite, California. Their story is an inspiring one that focuses on teaming up to support each other on a climb, and putting their traumatic brushes with mortality behind them. Read on to hear more from Alex on his experience, his journey, and what it means to “Hold Fast”.
Kathy is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the Center City Chinchillas! Kathy grew up in Hershey, PA and moved to Philly 3 years ago. She currently lives in Center City and works as a biomedical engineer. She’s been climbing for about 1 and a half years now.
Rebecca is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the Center City Chinchillas! Rebecca discovered climbing in 2011, after a traumatic accident changed her body and life. Now an above-knee amputee -- and bionic woman -- she climbs at Go Vertical, has medaled in two Adaptive National Championships, and competed on Team USA in the 2018 Paraclimbing World Championships in Austria! When she’s not climbing, Rebecca works as a peer mentor coordinator at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and volunteers with hospital patients and adaptive climbers.
Rory is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the South Philly Sloths! You may know Rory as the general manager for Tufas Boulder Lounge, but he calls South Philly home after having lived in almost every neighborhood in Philly over the past 15 years!
Sal is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the South Philly Sloths! Sal was born in South Philly (Grays Ferry) and have spent the formative part of his life in South Philly. He went to college in Florida and came back to the area and is currently working as an Intensive Care Nurse at Penn Medicine.
Mo is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the Main Line Manatees! Mo moved to West Chester, PA almost 10 years ago, from a tiny country called Bangladesh. He mostly hits up the climbing gyms around Philly and hangs out with friends around there. He has been climbing for about almost 5 years now.
Peter is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the Main Line Manatees! Peter grew up moving between Delaware and the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been climbing for at least 5 years. He currently lives in Ardmore with his wife, and don’t get outdoors nearly enough for his taste. His favorite style of climbing is multi-pitch trad.
Adam and Sonia are Battle of the Blocks Captains for the Jersey Jackalopes! They are leading the only neighborhood not from Pennsylvania! Coming from Jersey, they claim to be superior to Philadelphians and are rallying the Garden State spirit to bring the fight and crush everyone else!
Juan is a Battle of the Blocks Captain for the North Philly Narwhals! Juan is from Colombia, but became a US citizen abut 15 years ago. He lived in Bogota, where he started climbing in 1996, and moved to Miami to escape the economic downturn in Colombia after winning some money placing 2nd on a speed competition.