Staff Bios

The Staff at The Rock.

These are the people who are going to help you begin Your Vertical Obsession!

Richard Lodge – Owner and manager


I enjoy…Rock climbing, Bouldering, Surfing, Kite Surfing, Mountain Biking, Mountain Boarding, Traveling and Hanging out at the crags with mates, that is the best bit of all.

Qualifications/Experience…. I am a Qualified Multipitch A.C.I.A  guide and have been guiding outdoors since 2001. I am a level 2 I.R.G.O.A instructor and have been here at the Rock since 2001. I have been climbing since 1992 and have climbed throughout Australia and also the world. I have also competed extensively with a 2nd place in the 2018 National Lead titles and a 3rd at the National Boulder titles in 2018. I have also route set for both state and national boulder and lead titles.

I like working at The Rock because…. Fun and enjoyable atmosphere where I can meet different people and introduce them to climbing indoors and take them right through to the outdoors.



I’ve worked at The Rock since 2014 and I am studying at Deakin University doing a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology.  I began climbing in 2013 after joining the Deakin Climbing and Outdoor Club and I have loved it ever since! My other hobbies include swimming, running and generally being active. I also enjoy anything food related, especially eating!

Working at The Rock has given me most of the experience I have gained of rock climbing. I have climbed regularly indoors as well as outdoors at Mt Arapiles. I am always trying to learn more to become a better climber and instructor.

I love the challenges that come with climbing and the feeling of achievement when you complete a climb.  I enjoy being able to introduce new people to the sport and show them all the great things about climbing.  The staff here are really friendly and it’s great seeing the regular climbers coming back each week.



I’ve worked at the Rock since Oct 2012.  I love guiding outdoor trips and working with the ‘younguns’ in Team rock and Climb It Club.  I have been climbing for 10 yrs and came to love climbing at age 30, as I learnt to Trad climb at Mt. Arapiles through my Diploma of Outdoor Rec.  Climbing for me is the grand daddy of outdoor pursuits and the best way I know to enjoy mountain / cliff environments.  I come from a skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding background.  These days when I’m not at work, you can find me in the ocean, the mountains or playing my drums!

1998 – 2001 Lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland.  2004, Snowboard Instructor Remarkables, N.Z.  2005, Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.  2006 – 2010 Wilderness Therapy worker with Outdoors Inc., Melbourne.  I work as a volunteer for the Pathways Foundation and Palliative Care team of Barwon Health.  I am currently studying a Cert 4 in Fitness, as my interest and knowledge in healthy movement, nutrition, and systems of the body grows.  I have traveled extensively throughout Australia, Europe Asia and Northern India.  

In all of time there has never been another you.  Life is a gift, get into it.  Look after the Earth and our oceans.



I’ve worked at The Rock since 2012, and am currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University.  I enjoy most sports, dancing and trying new things, I like climbing because of both the physical and mental challenges -  it’s a great work out combined with problem solving, and even if you’re struggling with a climb, everyone’s happy to help out with advice.

Rock instructor since 2012; have a Diploma in Indonesian Language, Cert IV in Fitness & and Allied Health & First Aid.  Comps: 1st C-Grade 2014 Nationals & 3rd B-Grade at 2014 State titles

I enjoy working at The Rock because there’s always something new to learn.  There are lots of great people and it’s a fun environment!  I love being able to aid people with their goals, reaching new heights and achieving things they never imagined possible!