Husband-and-wife team Andy Puhvel and Lisa Coleman are the directors of the Youth Climbing League (YCL), and they're psyched! Since 1999, they have been running Yo! Basecamp Rock Climbing Camp (www.yobasecamp.com), an outdoor rock climbing school for young people ages 11 to 18. Together they have over 50 years of rock climbing experience.

When he was 17 years old, Andy was already a record-setting big-wall speed climber in Yosemite and a national difficulty and speed-climbing champion. Still free climbing Yosemite's giant granite walls, Andy is a dedicated rock climber, now introducing his two young sons to this enriching sport. Before founding Yo! Basecamp, he was a high school English teacher and the assistant director of Project Climb, a non-profit indoor climbing program for at-risk youth.
Lisa loves all things outdoors, especially those things involving gravity and the mountains: 5.12 sport routes, El Cap's Salathe Wall and the Nose, Astroman, and Denali (a.k.a. Mt. McKinley) are on her ascent list; ski- and mountain-bike racing have given her plenty of descents, too. Before founding Yo! Basecamp, she was a senior instructor for Outward Bound and a middle school English teacher. Both Andy and Lisa hold Master's Degrees in Education and California teaching credentials.