Canyoneer/ SoCal Native
Freddy Unger is a resident and native of Los Angeles. He began his outdoor adventure at the age of 13. He found surfing while hanging at the local spots at Malibu and Topanga Beach. Soon after he discovered his passion for hiking/backpacking and climbing in his backyard in the local Santa Monica/Los Padres mountains. Prior to attending Pepperdine University and a last ditch effort to have some serious fun, he moved to Mammoth, CA. He spent most of his time living and skiing in Mammoth Lakes.
In early 2013, he found the sport of canyoneering and has been passionately pursuing it ever since. He has received and completed the following courses by ACGA Certified Instructor/guide Klaus Gerhart; Technical Canyoneering, Advanced Canyoneering, Canyon Leader, Canyon Rescue, Map and compass navigation course, CPR and Wilderness First Aide (SOLO)
From the beginning Freddy began hosting practice workshops and then began organizing and leading canyoneering events. He has lead more than 100 trips and 50 workshops with more than 200 descents in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. He has taken the lead for over 50 C Class canyon events - these canyons are considered to be the most challenging because they take place where the canyons have waterfalls and hydraulics and are for the advanced canyoneer.
He is the founder and sole administrator of Facebook SoCal Canyoneering Group. The page gives the region a more localized presence in the community and facilitates interaction and communication among the all the SoCal canyoneers.
Freddy still continues to hold practice workshops for free. ‘’ I am a strong proponent of safety and education – I love to give back to the community and be a positive influence on those just entering this fantastic sport.”
"Freddy is one of those guys that everyone loves to be around and makes everyone comfortable in their own skin. He is fun loving but most importantly he's just a wonderful person." -Dan Sherman
Harrison is a 25 year old “Shoeperstar“ (Product Specialist, Marketing Assistant, Brand Ambassador) for Evolv Sports & Designs and a Gonzaga University Alumni. Born and raised in Anaheim, California, Harrison spent childhood winters skiing in Mammoth with the Long Beach Ski Club, and summers exploring National Parks with his mother. He enjoys anything that feeds his adrenaline rush from climbing, riding and racing downhill mountain bikes, cliff and bridge jumping, and anything else that he can be peer-pressured into.
A happy and prominent “pebble wrestler”, Harrison prefers projecting short, hard, and technical climbs as opposed to longer adventure or traditional climbs. He is well known for asking, “What is this rope for?” before hopping on a sport route. This season, Harrison wants to push his bouldering further into the V7-V8 difficulty range, but has been having too much fun being adventurous with DNA and all of his new adventure friends to train seriously. And that’s just fine with him.
Harrison has a hard time making decisions on occasion, so he picked two of his favorite quotes:
“I want to have fun. It’s a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.” - Nas
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard[er]” – Colin Powell
Nikki Van Derhoof
Long Beach CA
Nikki is a 25 year old former Cal State Long Beach Water Polo player with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She was born and raised in Long beach and has a propensity for the outdoors. She enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, fly fishing and backpacking. Her current goal is to backpack from the Kings Canyon National Park all the way to Bishop CA.
Her climbing goals include increasing her skills in multi pitch trad climbing and increase the grade to 10a. She also wants to increase her ice climbing skills. "I have vivid memories of waking up in Zion to a flash flood and enjoying the hardest parts of the outdoors. Thats what makes it fun."
Nikki's favorite quote is one by Johnny Cash, "if you're going to be dumb, you'd better be tough."
"Ive had the pleasure of climbing with Nikki and have watched her grow in the sport. She is now getting started in Winter Mountaineering. She is a beast!"