The Beta Angel Project stems from a vision to inspire more rock climbing research, provide a platform for new ideas, translate research into practical application, and provide a view into the academic world of the climbing community. The project is supported by individuals who are putting their time and energy into growing the rigor behind rock and competition climbing.
The name “Beta Angel” comes from a climber named Christian Haudenschild who once fell on a hard climb, and after studying the climb was spooked to see someone standing behind him. He jumped and said something to the effect of: ‘you’re judging me again, aren’t you? You’re like a little beta angel always judging me from my shoulder.’ The project itself is the brainchild of Taylor Reed – a coach, climber, analyst, and researcher.
Also supporting the project are Joe Johnson and Aleksandra Dagunts who are committed to selflessly providing support to the rock climbing community. Both have coached children tirelessly and share a passion for technical solutions to problems. Joe works at the National Institutes of Health while Aleksandra is working on a degree in Biology at George Washington University.