• Hans

    Manager

    Hans has been climbing since 1983. He was the director of the US Competition Climbing Organization in the mid 1990s and loved motivating people to compete at climbing competitions.He’s excited to motivate people to get psyched about all kinds of fitness activity here at DRG. Go talk to him if you want to share or find a goal that would get you inspired. Hans has contributed at Touchstone gyms for 15 years with everything from sweeping floors, building walls, marketing, front desk staff, instruction, event organizing, belaying, and a few other things. He has been up El Capitan a few times. Go to him for beta.

  • Shannon

    Desk Staff

    Shannon started climbing in 2007 after she graduated from UC Santa Cruz. Bouldering is her passion, but she’s trying to get into leading more. If she isn’t at the gym, she’s probably swimming or riding her new dirt bike, Rufio. Shannon loves all outdoor activities, and trying new sports.

  • Fortune

    Desk Staff

    Don’t be fooled by that shy grin… Fortune is a stone cold crusher. If you want her respect you’ll have to hold a hand stand for at least 20 minutes.

  • Brynn

    Desk Staff

    You can typically find Brynn teaching Crossfit classes during the week and behind the front desk on weekends. Brynn is also a talented graphic artist and is behind some of the CoCo and DRG clothing and promotional items. When she’s not working, she’s either still doing crossfit, climbing a wall, or on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere. She loves the community here at Diablo Rock Gym and considers it her second home.

  • Connor

    Desk Staff

    Conner has grown up in Diablo Rock Gym – and we think we’ve raised him right.

     

  • Josh

    Desk Staff

    Josh started climbing in 2011, and he can’t get enough.  He’s always at the gym so if you have questions, need beta, or you just want a belay please feel free to ask. What a guy!

  • Dale

    Desk Staff

    Dale started climbing in 2003, soon after DRG opened. He climbs regularly at the gym and will gladly join a group going outdoors, especially to Lover’s Leap and Red Rocks, NV. He has been interested in climbing since he was in his 20s, but there was no such thing as indoor gyms and he didn’t know anyone climbing outside; it was an arcane sport back then. By “back then” he means decades ago—he is probably one of the oldest, if not THE oldest, person working for Touchstone. To give you an idea of just how old he is, Dale started working at DRG in 2013, after retiring from a long career with FedEx. He started as belay staff, then transitioned to desk staff in 2016. When he is not working or working out at the gym, he enjoys hiking Mt. Diablo, motorcycling, reading, and going to Disneyland. One of his goals is to do the Santiago de Compostela hike. He loves meeting new people, so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. Look for him on the wall or lifting weights, spotting one of his grandkids on the wall (five and counting!), or hanging out at the front desk.

  • Erin

    Desk Staff

    Erin started climbing in a gym near her hometown in Virginia several years ago. Mainly a route climber, she loves that climbing has a sneaky way of changing you as a person. It has taught her to be more responsible, resourceful and independent. It has also helped her learn to manage her fear, persistently pursue challenges, and has introduced her to some of her closest friends. Not to mention that it is also super fun! Erin’s favorite place to climb outside is at the New River Gorge in West Virginia, but she is looking forward to finding another place on the West Coast. Fun fact: Erin once drank beer out of a boot in Swakopmund, Namibia.

  • Elizabeth

    Desk Staff

    Elizabeth started climbing a little over two years ago. She was introduced by a high school friend and fell in with it, drawn to the challenge and excitement climbing brings. Elizabeth definitely prefers ropes, but likes bouldering to help improve her overall strength and climbing technique. She started working at DRG about a year ago, and couldn’t ask for a cooler job! The staff and members are some of the coolest and most interesting people she has ever met. Climbing has such a cool community, and she hopes to continue with it for the majority of her future.

  • Cameron

    Desk Staff

    Cameron started climbing some time in 2013 when his friend Sam introduced him to the sport—he was hooked immediately. One of the big things that drew him to climbing was the atmosphere, with its many diverse climbing crags and people. If he had to pick between routes or bouldering, he would have to go with routes because he loves going outside and climbing on real rock. His favorite place to climb is Yosemite Valley, “the place where it all started.” Cameron started working for Touchstone in 2014, belaying parties and running Boy Scout Merit Badges, and is excited to now be found behind the front desk. Cameron’s next big goal in life is to train for rope access work.

  • Kacie

    Desk Staff

    Kacie has been climbing on and off for around twelve years. She got into climbing through a long-time family friend who let her abuse his guest pass privileges. Kacie started working for Touchstone in 2016 after she came home from living abroad in Sweden for two years. She lived in Yosemite this past summer and would consider that to be her favorite place to climb outdoors, especially when she gets the opportunity to climb with record-breaker and baller bossman Hans Florine on The Nose. Kacie’s goal is to travel the world and visit every national park in America.