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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.