Tony Reynaldo

Tony Reynaldo

Tony Reynaldo’s guiding principle in life is to, “Give back more then you take.” His life bridges an almost 20 year exposure to climbing all across the country and working in the outdoor industry. The climbing industry has been tremendously supportive of his philanthropic efforts, everything from his “Will Climb For Food” series to his “Do Work Tour” rebolting efforts. Tony has recently made a significant contribution to his local climbing community by building “Kinetic” a bouldering gym that fills a deep need for a good training facility in Columbus, Ohio.  His sponsors see him as an asset and ambassador for their companies, not because he sends 5.14, but because he uses his guiding principle in life to give back to climbing and inspiring others.

His day job as a design professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio consists of coordinating the Design Foundation, doing innovative research and pursuing a passion for inspiring his students. He has also done numerous workshops and lectures around the country and in Europe captivating audiences with an energetic teaching approach.

Tony is also one of the leading climbing holds designers with over 13 years of experience and a portfolio of 3,000(+) designs sold throughout the world. His user centric design approach blended with his climbing experience allows him to create functional and aesthetic forms that he hopes inspires setters and climbers around the world.

This blog will chronicle Tony’s adventures, contributions and offer insight into the design process for climbing holds.


Tony Reynaldo: September 2010 Blog

Well the weather broke finally and I finally got to get out for a week and do some climbing after being cooped up inside working on my course prep and research. Having a day job rocks but it sometimes cramps the climbing style. But hey I have some sweet office perks, they gave me these things called Post-It notes have you heard of them?


So I packed up the van with gear, grabbed a few boxes of Clif Bars and headed out west again to crank on some amazing limestone. The rock was dry, the air was perfect and even the smell of cows and pigs was actually not that bad. This time of year all the farmers in the area are gearing up for their harvests and the colors of fall are creeping in slowly in the trees. 




Troy and I were able to do some trail/belay stance work while I visited. The place has amazing trails and Troy really does a great job making the belays user friendly and functional. I wished I could have stayed longer but a week was all I could squeeze out before I had to return to Columbus to get ready for the school year to begin at OSU and also to get my gym ready for the Open House nights. 



My friend Troy did surprise me with a really cool going away gift. He arranged for me and him plus a couple of friends to take some kayaks down a river and scope out miles of untouched cliffline. It hadn’t rained in a while so the river was low in some spots (meaning I had to drag the boat a bit) but needless to say we had fun cranking out about 18 miles of water and playing in some rather shallow “rapids.” As Troy said before we left, “The only way you are going to drown is if I step on your head and hold it under the water.”



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