The Beta

Every business has a beginning and mine originated growing up in San Diego.  My parents provided every opportunity to enjoy outdoor life to the fullest.  After sidetracking and co-founding a technology company, it was time to get back to my roots.  Shortly after our children were born I introduced Avery & Dax to rock climbing.  I then began enhancing my skillset pursuing the AMGA rock & alpine guiding track.  Our children are competitive rock climbers and Avery recently set a few world records on Kilimanjaro; she's a total boss.


The Approach

When the opportunity presented itself to move our family to Alaska there was little hesitation.  It didn't take long before we knew this was home.  Now back into the familiar throws of company start-up mode, I began working diligently on plans to provide the community of Soldotna and catch area an amazing, family friendly, climbing gym & multi-use facility.


The Send

Xplore climbing will offer a family friendly environment bringing sport climbing, bouldering, kids climbing, birthday parties, ice climbing (seasonal), training & fitness facilities, professional guiding & instructional clinics, yoga, and sports massage therapy to the Kenai Peninsula.  Our Café & Espresso bar will serve up delicious whole-foods, juices and coffee to our patrons.

Meet the Team

They say family is everything and we agree.  Xplore will be looking at growing our family providing a fun, energetic and awesome place to work.  Stay tuned!


Chris Walden

Head Honcho

Chris is educated and trained as an AMGA Rock & Alpine Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche L1, CPR, Advanced Mountaineering & Advanced Open Water Diver.


Avery Walden

Head Record Holder

Avery enjoys rock & alpine climbing.  She recently set a few world records on a thrilling climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa.  Avery's next adventure will be Mt. Elbrus in Russia ticking off another seven summit.


Dr. Rachel Walden

Head of Healthy Living

Dr. Walden is a full-time Pediatrician & part-time explorer.  She also holds certifications as one amazing wife and mama. #AHITW


Dax Walden

Head of Security

Dax's motto is higher and more pitches.  He really loves climbing high alpine routes and teaching others his repertoire of knots.  Currently his sights are set on climbing Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, also one of the seven summits.