Faculty Advisors

Heath Alexander
Mr. Alexander has been an avid climber since 2006 when his old army sergeant mentored him on the art of trad climbing.  Mr. Alexander has climbed in amazing locations all over the country, though his favorite place on earth will always be Yosemite National Park in California.  He is happy on any discipline of climbing including trad, sport, bouldering, big wall, alpine, and ice climbing.  Mr. Alexander teaches history at Enka and works as a climbing guide for Camp Mondamin in the summer.  He holds certification as an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor and as a Wilderness First Responder.   Mr. Alexander studied history at the University of North Carolina and then received a masters degree in teaching from Duke University.  Despite holding a degree from the institution, he still firmly maintains that Dook sucks.


Rich Caisse
Coach Caisse has been bouldering since his college days in Boone.  He makes up for his limited height with uncanny strength on tiny crimps.  Coach Caisse helped lead his 2015/2016 Jets wrestling team to a state championship.  Students often say Coach Caisse is the greatest math teacher they have ever had and he won the student award for teacher of the year for the 2014/2015 school year.  Coach Caisse attended Appalachian State University on a wrestling scholarship.  Don't get into a fight with him.  You will lose.  Coach Caisse firmly maintains that not all who yonder are lost.


Blair Walden, M.D.
Dr. Walden is the Medical Director for the Guild.  He began volunteering with the Guild in 2016.  He is an emergency room physician with Mission Hospital. He also has extensive climbing experience.   He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee and residency at Wake Forest University, where he first began adventuring with Mr. Alexander.  In addition to his medical and climbing expertise, Dr. Walden is a world-renowned expert mom-van driver and frequently leads conferences on the topic.


Though not technically a member of Enka staff, Durango still regularly helps chaperone Gomer trips.  He generally leads the way to the cliff by running up and down every possible trail.  He has a deep distrust of outsiders and a very short memory.  Consequently, he will often randomly snarl at Gomers whom he has forgotten in the course of a trip.  He loves the wilderness but hates riding the bus to get there.  He may have a limited understanding of exactly what the bus is or what its purpose is.  He has an amazingly diverse palate and can happily move from eating cat turds to high end steaks.  He is partial to Gomers who give him bacon.

Durango does not check his email.