Meet Our Guides
Via Ferrata originally started in the Dolomites, Italy as a means to transport troops across the mountains during World War I. After the war was over the via ferrata system remained intact and was later changed into a recreational activity.
Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure hosts the first via ferrata system of its kind in the United States. It was designed and built by an experienced team, Roc Adventures, from France. Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure is a family owned and operated business, managed by the Meyer family. Mark and Kathy and their two daughters Nicole and Allie have enjoyed owning and operating Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure and continue to dream and grow. Torrent Falls has been open since September of 2001 and it has been enjoyed by people from all over the nation, young and old!
Mark & Kathy Meyer
Mark and Kathy are highly credited with the start of Torrent Falls. Mark was a mechanical engineer for 15 years of his life when he and his wife, a dedicated stay-at-home mom, decided to start their own business. In 1998 Mark and Kathy bought Torrent Falls Bed and Breakfast and owned and operated this for ten years. While the B&B was still in operation Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure was started in 2001. A few short years later, they sold the B&B and currently operate the Climbing Adventure. They have grown to love the beauty of the Red River Gorge region.
Nicole graduated from the University of Kentucky in May of 2009 with a double degree in Business Management and Finance. Since her graduation, she has assumed the role of Manager of Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure.
Nicole has thoroughly enjoyed growing up here in the beautiful Red River Gorge, and participating in the family business. With a heart for what we do and her love for people, Nicole loves watching Torrent Falls grow.
Nicole received her AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification in 2004 and has been guiding in the Red River Gorge ever since. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Allie Meyer (& Chaco)
Allie graduated from Morehead State University in 2014 as a Veterinary Technician and currently works for the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY as a Virologist. Even though Allie works in Lexington during the week, she is still a key element of the family business and is usually seen at Torrent Falls on the weekends.
Allie enjoys taking care of the family pets, which includes multiple dogs, a bird, and two horses. In her spare time she is out enjoying natural beauty of the Red River Gorge, trail riding, hiking, and climbing.
Daniel Wilkes met Nicole Meyer while studying Management and Finance at the University of Kentucky. Daniel and Nicole married in 2010 and have been enjoying running the business since then.
Daniel makes an excellent instructor at Torrent Falls and he enjoys anything outdoors including rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding. Daniel is also active on the Wolfe County Tourism Commission.
Daniel is an AMGA certified Rock Instructor, and holds Wilderness First Responder certification as well.
Matt was born and raised in Paducah, KY, and is now proud to call The Gorge his home. He is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Eastern Kentucky University. When he’s not climbing for work (or fun!) he spends his time reading, cooking, and staying healthy.
“Every day is a gift and I want to fill each one with as much good as I can.”
This is Amy’s third season at Torrent and she is living the dream! Having climbed for 9 years now, she loves getting the chance to introduce people to her favorite activity every day. Amy hails from Ithaca (“is Gorges!”), NY, where she also graduated from Ithaca College, but is now happy to call the Red her new home. Amy is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor, and holds Wilderness First Aid certification as well.
Thomas cut his teeth as a novice rock climber in the Red River Gorge then took his skills into the world to climb destinations like Patagonia, Yosemite, Indian Creek, The Bugaboos, Spain, Morocco, Japan, and all across North America. Thomas loves to spread the gift of rock climbing and he is working towards becoming a certified Rock Guide through the AMGA. Currently he is an AMGA Assistant Rock Guide and a Wilderness First Responder.