Gene O. Desideraggio

Head Route Setter, Staff Naturalist, Youth Programs, Front Desk

GeneO began climbing on a crag in his hometown in Connecticut and then moved to Vermont to pursue a degree in Forestry with a minor in Geology at the University of Vermont. He began working for Petra Cliffs in June 2017 and has been stoked to become a part of the Petra climbing community. GeneO is one of Petra's four USAC Level 1 setters and he moved into the Head Rouesetter role in February 2022. When he isn't climbing or working at the Petra Cliffs front desk, GeneO spends his time in the outdoors learning about nature, anywhere with a mountain view, or in the pottery studio. GeneO graduated with a B.S. in Forestry in 2019, and also completed the Vermont Master Naturalist Program  that same year. He hopes to use his knowledge of the natural world to help educate others about nature and encourage stewardship of our outdoor spaces.