In the early 1990's, Ty's climbing obsession led to a routesetting obsession, which left him dissatisfied with the available climbing hold options. He took matters into his own hands and shaped his first hold, a wooden pocket. Shaping ignited a creative fire that has been burning for over 20 years. Now an industry icon, Ty tackles the intricate details that no other shaper is crazy enough to take on. Shaping setter-centric holds with his hallmark artistic detail has landed his shapes in World Cup competitions and home gyms alike. If you've climbed on an artificial surface, chances are that you've touched a piece of Ty's work.
Ryan has a passion for classic holds and shaping history. He started shaping in 1992 and after nearly ten years developing his shaping and mold making skills in relative isolation he began apprenticing with Ian and Ty. His first e-Grips shapes launched in 2002 and has created the Remarkable Rocks, Turtle and Peabody styles for eGrips.
Over the past 20 years, Ryan has worked in all aspects of the climbing industry. He currently manages the development, design and construction of climbing wall projects for Elevate Climbing Walls and is a USAC certified setter. He is also a world renowned expert on diving history and has one of the largest collections of Jacques Cousteau equipment in the world.
"Since Ty and Ian are the geniuses of e-grips, Chris is the idea guy, and Ryan is the explorer, then I am the water boy cheerleader. It took me no less than one full decade of shaping under Ty’s constant attention to get to the point in my career where I get to work under the banner of the best hold company in America. I feel grateful every day. In 2005, I accidentally moved two doors down from Ty in Hueco Tanks, Texas. It turns out that being one of the few survivors in that part of the world in July pays off. I found myself wearing a World War II relic gas mask, standing in a small, gutted travel trailer, with the Ty Foose and countless beers. Just like Breaking Bad, it was all down hill from there. Today, I strive for utility when I shape. I work to make holds that are practical, holds that are comfortable, and holds that everyone wants to set with and climb on."
Ian cultivated his shaping craft not long after he began climbing and after moving to Boulder, Colorado, he honed his skills designing for the classic original hold brand Straight Up. With a fine art background, his own personal philosophy of movement, and a distinct shaping style, Ian is truly a genius with foam. Each of his creations is a unique product of self-expression through climbing. Needless to say, Ian has had an inspiring, intriguing, illustrious and incendiary career in the climbing world.