Donna Hawkins
After returning from a weekend trip from San Diego where she got fake tips put on her nails, her first adventure to Mission Cliffs with her friend left her scratching at the walls. She had such a great time that she went home and tore off the tips and begged her friend to take her climbing again -The rest is history ....SHE WAS HOOKED! Donna has been with the gym for 6 years and has really enjoyed working with the community and assisting the diverse clients at Mission Cliffs.



Started climbing when hip belays was the standard technique in belaying. Frank was one of the original members of the gym, and has long been a staple behind the front desk.

The lucky man in the middle is Michael. A butcher, a baker, a charming heart-breaker; this guy has a finance degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Michael is now ready for the corporate world... just as soon as the economy cooperates. You can find him zipping around the city on his motorcycle, enjoying the finer sides of German Techno, or at one of his favorite local pubs when he's not at the gym.



Jaime is originally from Peru. Born in a place surrounded by beautiful mountains in the Cordillera Blanca range. Now Jaime is a fully certified UIAGM mountain Guide in Alpine climbing, rock climbing and ski mountaineering through the Peruvian Mountain Guides Association as well as a IFMGA/UIAGM internationally certified guide in all disciplines. Jaime is a Board Member for the American Mountain Guides Associations (AMGA). When Jaime is not working at the gym, he's traveling, exploring climbing areas and opening new climbing routes. He has been living in the United States for the past eight years climbing and organizing mountaineering and trekking expeditions to Peru. Jaime loves challenging boulder problems and has climbed some of the hardest bouldering problems in Peru like The Filo del Inka V13.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Max first started climbing in the Gunks. She is pretty sure the best things in life are bluegrass, making pasta from scratch, hiking at sunrise, and eating sandwiches. When she’s not behind the front desk at Mission Cliffs, Max can be found biking around Oakland, surfing at Ocean Beach, writing about contemporary Icelandic art, or training for her next marathon. In addition to New York, she’s lived in Italy and North Carolina, and worked as a shepherdess, a food critic and a museum security guard. 

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Shawn has no idea how long he has actually been working for Mission Cliffs, but it’s not as long as he has been climbing at Mission Cliffs. He’s not actually from Hawaii, but Shawn drinks coconut water by the liter and uses Hawaiian slang. He is half Japanese, but that might not be the reason he approaches life as if he is living inside a video game; he says it just makes things more exciting. Easily the friendliest of our staff, he still climbs harder than you and wears smaller shoes, too. He’ll waste no opportunity to offer you bogus medical treatment that he backs up with his expired EMT license. Shawn’s favorite parts about working at Mission Cliffs are teaching intro classes and giving lead tests.


Anna is a San Francisco native who has been climbing at Mission Cliffs since there was a bouldering cave and tires on the floor. She studied Environmental Biology & Management and GIS at UC Davis and has instructed for Outward Bound in California and Washington.  Anna loves climbing juggy overhanging 10s but is trying to branch out... into pinchy overhanging 11s. 

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Nick knows exactly when he started climbing (3/15/2012) because he looked himself up and found his very first facility waiver from Ironworks (thanks Elyse!). He's a bonafide econ nerd from San Diego, who will talk your ears off about the horrors of Cal football, pesky heel hooks, and the hops in his favorite IPAs.




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