Robbie Warke MIA CIC, 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, he can usually be found either underground or underwater! He is a motorcycle/cafe racer obsessive and 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 Mark Langler - NICAS Course Director and Duty Manager
Jamie has always been fascinated by the outdoors, and holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education. He is also accredited by Mountain Training UK as a Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor, Development Coach, and Mountain Leader. Jamie has also attended British Mountaineering Council coach education workshops; Fundamentals of Movement, Fundamental of Technique, Fundamental of Advanced Technique, Physical Training for Climbing, Advanced Physical Training for Climbing, Coaching Children, & Nutrition for Climbers. Similarly, he also holds a whole range of other coaching CPD such as the Coachwise awards and UKAD Anti-Doping Advisor accreditation.
A regular climber since the opening of Dart Rock several years ago, he can regularly be seen behind the reception drinking coffee, coaching our fantastic Dart Rock Youth Team and other clients at the centre, or out on the nearby local crags taking customers on their 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 be in a much better line of work. Give him an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Sanford - 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 over 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!
Jake is accredited by Mountain Training UK as a Climbing Wall Development Instructor. He has also attended British Mountaineering Council coach education workshops; FUNdamental 1: Movement, FUNdamental 2: Technique, FUNdamental 3: Advanced Technique, Physical Training for Climbing, Advanced Physical Training for Climbing, Route Setting, and Coaching Children. Email email@example.com
Mark Matthews - Duty Manager
Mark 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) he has maintained a love of the outdoors and spent more time under canvas than he can reasonably recall. He spent his youth here on Dartmoor and developed a bond with the place that has never left him. He is a great proponent of adventures large and small, you'll often hear him urging people to; Just go out and do it!
Mark is accredited by Mountain Training UK as a Climbing Wall Instructor. He has also attended British Mountaineering Council coach education workshops; FUNdamental 1: Movement, and FUNdamental 2: Technique.
If you're really lucky you might even find him on the moor, building roundhouses and telling stories. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Email email@example.com
Julian Mann Instructor/Duty Staff
Since 1978, Julian has been actively involved in hill-walking, mountaineering and climbing, and has 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 firstname.lastname@example.org