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Andy Thorsell - Northern Mountains Rep

Andy was raised in Charlotte where he found his passion after taking a rock climbing course in college.  Climbing everything from bouldering, trad and sport to occasionally pursuing big mountain objectives, he finds each appealing in its own way.  He enjoys exploring new areas, whether it’s a full expedition or a roadside crag, although you are most likely to find him at his favorite cliff on Shortoff.

Andy resides in Marion with his wife, Lauren, where he has found a special connection with the surrounding mountains.  He has a particular love for the Linville Gorge which has been a driver of his dedication to conservation and Leave No Trace.  With his position on the board he hopes to realize his desire to protect our climbing resources and help improve the sustainability of those places.