For Climbers
For Climbers

Meet Our Team

Keith Johnson

Managing Partner

Keith Johnson fell in love with rock climbing back in 2009 and has been climbing ever since. Years of being avidly involved in counter-culture sports, rock climbing was the obvious evolutionary next step on his list. Once he and his brother conceived Cliff Hangers, they set their sights on building their climbing gym in the Lake Norman area from the ground up, to deliver a completely original and groundbreaking experience.

Prior to launching Cliff Hangers, Keith was a crew chief for action express racing, a Daytona prototype sports car race team. With a lengthy career in racing, he came to a fork in the road and decided to take a path less traveled.

When he’s not at Cliff Hangers or climbing some of his favorite spots in the southeast you may find him wake surfing, wake boarding, and spending time with his family. He is the proud father of one new little climber. Keep an eye out for his future little crusher!


Kris Johnson

Managing Partner

Kris first stepped into a rock climbing gym in 2007. Years of travel and consistent adventure gave Kris an understanding and a hunger, which ultimately led to the decision that bringing a climbing gym to the area would be rewarding. After visiting numerous gyms and crags in the USA with his brother, Cliff Hangers took hold.

Prior to Cliff Hangers, Kris worked as director of admin for action express racing, and tried his hand at teaching high school and audio engineering. Spare time activities include making music, art, and wood shop work.


HannahHannah Barker

Head Route Setter

Hannah grew up climbing from the age of 10 years old down in southern Illinois. After time in college and graduate school, she started pursuing a career in route setting.

She has been route setting for just over 5 years. During this time she has traveled to set at various different gyms, been on crews for championship level competitions and received her Level 2 Route Setting Certification with USA Climbing. While she prefers to multi-pitch trad climbing, Hannah enjoys all types of climbing the southeast has to offer.

When not participating in climbing related activities, Hannah enjoys getting out on hiking trails with her two rescue dogs and doing Bikram yoga. Through her route setting career Hannah hopes to empower more women to begin climbing by creating accessible routes throughout the gym and facilitating a welcoming environment.