• Justin


    Justin is the strong, silent type who is too busy running an empire to write his own bio. Some would call it lazy, but we prefer to call it telepathic delegation. That’s next level managerial strategy right there. Justin hails from the great state of California, and when his soccer career was cut short by aging out of the pee-wee league, he turned to bouldering. He fell hard for Yosemite climbing, taking a job as a bear ranger to fund his incessant pebble wrestling. T’was beneath a boulder that he met his now wife, and she managed to drag him out of the woods and into a ‘real job’ working for a gym. We couldn’t be happier.

  • Eric

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    Eric will not willingly eat any form of fruit from the plant family cucurbitaceae. He has a scar under the fingernail of the ring finger on his right hand. He used to play in a band that occasionally covered a Minor Threat song. Now he enjoys writing screenplays, and making films and photographs.

  • Mailee

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    Mailee didn’t begin climbing seriously until the conditions were right: being unemployed after college. Getting her start at Pacific Edge in Santa Cruz and slowly making her way out onto real rock, she fell in love with the sport’s unique challenges and possibilities. Her dogged pursuit of the useless extends to many aspects of her life, including paying too much money for an MA that lets her write about cyborgs and playing Magic: the Gathering in her spare time.

  • Stef

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    World’s Okayest Mom.

  • Mei

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    Ever since she broke her ankle, Mei swore vengeance on climbing by working at the gym that caused her break. Aside from breaking stuff, Mei is an avid wall-hugger and illustrator. Her life mainly consists of art, candy, and climbing. She now feeds her lifelong hobby of people-watching (in a totally non-creepy way) and wall-hugging by working at the front desk with the rest of the Touchstone Climbing family.

  • Johnny

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    Johnny is completely in his element while rock climbing. Never was really good at any sports or had any particular hobbies, but bouldering just felt super natural to him. And one thing lead to another, he now has the privilege to roll with the squad!

  • Colin

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    There is at least an equal chance of finding Colin climbing or behind an easel mixing paint. Raised in the front range of Colorado where the Rocky Mountains serve up some of the best climbing, it’s only natural that he’s been testing gravity on boulders, sport climbing, and alpine climbing for the past 15 years. His alter ego is an illustrator and freelance artist that will talk your ear off about concept design, the latest exhibition at the DeYoung, or his favorite Orientalist paintings. If you see him at Dogpatch come get a high-five.

  • Josh

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    Josh Aka “guy with the nice hair”, began climbing in 2015. At first, he was just looking for a new activity to do but fell in love with climbing thanks to his cousin. Now becoming a part of the touchstone gang you can catch him doing dyno’s in between meals at Hard Knox Cafe.

  • Chris

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    Chris is a vocal climber, known for occasionally letting conversation continue on through the crux of a difficult problem. It’s something to work on. When he’s not here at the gym you may find him hustling coffee or studying for his psychology degree. His other favorite pastime is sleeping in until noon. Chris grew up around Chinatown after moving here from China at 8 years old.