Robbie Warke MIA CIC, NICAS Director Managing Director/Owner
Robbie has been involved in climbing for over 30 years. Cutting his teeth on the polished limestone of Chudleigh rocks he has travelled the world climbing in the greater mountain ranges as well as cragging throughout Europe and the States. New routing has been a major part of his climbing career and he has put up significant new climbs both in the UK and around mainland Europe. He has also made second ascents of many major climbs around the World.
Robbie was involved in the early development of Mile End climbing wall in London and has worked around climbing walls for over 20 years, his route setting skills are second to none and he tries to bring a natural element to all his indoor climbs.
As a caver, cave diver and mountaineer he has been involved in some hardcore exploration and when not on the crags can usually be found either underground or underwater! You may also occasionally hear him play guitar and sing!
As an MIA, CIC and industrial rope technician he is at the helm of everything Dart Rock Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Grgich-Warke Owner/Director
Paula is a geologist by training, and an American by birth. She has been involved in the outdoors for over 25 years, but her first love will always be caving. She has caved and climbed throughout North America, the UK and Europe. Despite swearing she isn’t really a climber, she has been known to tackle some impressive extremes and long adventure routes around the world. After a couple of years of slinging tea and setting up systems at Dart Rock, she returned to her first love for rocks and now works as a professional geologist. Her roped access inspections keep her skills sharp since caving and climbing have taken a back seat to shoulder operations. Paula may stay behind the scenes but her business know-how and love of a good spreadsheet keeps things on track. Paula is also Monkey In a Hat, so if your noggin is warm from a snuggly hat she made, send her a little thank you on Facebook. She says she Loves You. And Monkeys. Email: email@example.com
Jamie Langler SPA CWA CWLA/NICAS Director Duty Manager
Jamie is one of our Duty Managers here at Dart Rock Climbing Centre. He has always been fascinated by the outdoors, having studied the subject for 7 years and even gaining a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education. He is also a SPA and CWLA holder, as well as a variety of coaching awards.
A regular climber since the opening of the Centre several years ago, Jamie has also worked here as a volunteer, duty instructor and coach: he can regularly be seen behind the reception of the Centre, coaching our fantastic Dart Rock Youth Team, or out on the nearby local crags taking customers on their first outdoor adventures.
His main roles are to ensure that the climbing Centre is used to its full potential, maintained to an exceptionally high standard whilst also offering users safe, exciting and challenging routes to climb in a safe and user-friendly environment, and to provide supervision and advice to individual and group climbers as required – he honestly believes he couldn't’t be in a much better line of work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Sanford CWA Duty Manager
Jake started at Dart Rock as a volunteer but when an apprentice position opened up he quickly jumped at the chance. That was almost 4 years ago and since then he has progressed from apprentice to his current role as a Duty Manager, in this role he can be found standing behind the desk; instructing/coaching groups or his personal favourite; Route setting!
During his time at Dart Rock Jake has picked up his CWA, CWA(A) and CWLA qualifications, he has also attended numerous BMC coaching courses to improve his knowledge in the field.
Mark Matthews Duty Manager
I joined the staff of Dartrock in 2016 after having been a regular to the wall for some years.
Alongside being an artist, nurse, storyteller and manufacturer of organic beverages (among other things) I have maintained a love of the outdoors and spent more time under canvas than I can reasonably recall.
I spent my youth here on Dartmoor and developed a bond with the place that has never left me.
I'm a great proponent of adventures large and small, you'll often hear me urging people to; Just go out and do it!
I hold a 16hour Outdoors First Aid certificate and recently gained qualification as a FUNdamental2 climbing coach, currently I'm working toward a CWA and qualification to lead caving groups locally.
If you're really lucky you might even find me on the moor, building roundhouses and telling stories.
Rebecca Beswick Duty Manager
I'm a linguist by trade but have always had a love for all sorts of outdoor adventuring. I've been climbing for 5 years, starting out on local Dartmoor crags and then venturing further afield to France, Spain and Portugal. Love long, multi-pitch routes.
When I'm not at a crag, I enjoy a dip in the sea, riding my surfboard, slaving for my demanding cat or tending to my houseful of plants.
Kieran Woolly Duty Manager
I started at Dart rock with the ominous words;
" never turn your hobby into your job"
ringing in my ears. Well, that warning couldn't have been more wrong.
I've always had a love for the outdoors and climbing, even if only up trees and tors on Dartmoor until a couple of years ago where I was introduced to rock climbing by a friend.
After a rather exhilarating but hairy experience on via ferrata in the dolomites last year, my love of mountains was solidified. Since then I've tried to get out in the mountains as often as possible to get my fix.
When not at the wall, I can often be found legging it around the moor or with my nose in a sketch book.
Tom Rainey Apprentice staff
Hello My name is Thomas Rainey and I have been climbing at Dart Rock for about 6 years now and was part of the Dart Rock Youth Team I have been supporting Dart Rock since I started and it feels like a second home to me. After being part of the youth team I was given the chance to be an apprentice and work here and to this day has been the best offer of my life.
Julian Mann Instructor/Duty Staff
Since 1978, Julian has been actively involved in hill-walking, mountaineering and climbing, and have been leading groups since the early 1980s. He has worked with a wide range of clients with differing needs, including adults, young people, beginners and those with experience. He has led groups in many locations from South West sea cliff climbing to expedition in Iceland. He is Lead Tutor for Outdoor Education at a local secondary school and is also the Training Officer for Devon Cave Rescue Organisation.
He holds the following qualifications.
- Mountain Leader (S).
- Single Pitch Award.
- Local Cave Leader level 1.
- DofE Gold Assessor.
He is a member of the BMC, BCA and MTA. He has up-to-date 16hr Outdoor first aid, DBS and safeguarding certificates.
MEGHAN (Megsy) Warke (Mascot)
I’m a border collie with a very important job around here. I bring things to customers. They throw them. I bring them back. Etc. If you don’t play with me, I’ll have to put my toys inside your rucksack. You really should play with me. I don’t feel like I’m doing my job if you don’t.
Besides fetching, I have the very important job of keeping all the cake crumbs off the floor. I love cake. I love chasing balls. I especially love doing tricks. I'm getting quite old and blind now so I spend more time behind reception but I'm always up for some soggy toy throwing fun! Ask Paula and she will show you how she puts me through the paces. Please throw the toy, I know it is wet and soggy, but I’ll love you forever if you throw it. Throw it. Throw it now. You know you want to... Email email@example.com