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 destroying sound, art, and some climbing. When you meet Kris in the gym, you may also be lucky enough to run into his wife and best friend, Cassie. You’ll want to convince her to host a potluck because if Kris could have an unlimited supply of anything in the world, he’d choose his wife’s cooking.


Mark Rogers

Assistant General Manager

Mark Rogers has always found comfort in nature. He’s taught field biology in Yellowstone national park, went to UNCW for environmental science, worked as a data analyst for the division of marine fisheries while also working as a monitor here at Cliff Hangers. Climbing had always been a hobby of his since his father took him to his first gym. The more he worked here and climbed with the community, the more his hobby brewed into a passion.

Mark can be easily spotted by his signature Boston Red Sox hat, poor footwork on the wall, and is probably the guy trying to dyno past every hold he doesn’t like.

His real passion in climbing is for the community, he loves bringing new people into the sport, chilling on the boulder mat chatting with people, and is always up for a game of add on.

When he’s not climbing you can normally find him at a brewery, reading, hiking, playing d&d, camping, or eating a gross amount of food when he remembers to eat that day.