Diane began with Touchstone in the summer of 2005 at Sacramento Pipeworks—she spent six years working at the desk there and will always consider it her “home” gym. From Pipeworks she made the move to the South Bay to manage The Studio in the beginning of 2012. After seven years of good times, she made yet another move in 2019 to Dogpatch Boulders.
As much as she loves her gym, work is not everything to her: Diane also enjoys traveling, tennis, lifting, and all things food- and drink-related. If you ever want to swap recipes or fight over which style of BBQ is best, be sure to come to chat her up!
Stef has been holding it down at Dogpatch Boulders since 2014. She would have you believe she is the “World’s Okayest Mom,” but that doesn’t do her justice at all. Stef is a phenomenal mom, she’s a hard worker, has a sly sense of humor, a discerning (side-)eye behind the lense, is always down for a good meal, and she absolutely crushes in the weight room. Basically a total badass.
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 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!
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.
Meet Jamie. A cool, quiet dude, he’s pretty new to the climbing world but enjoys it to the max. He grew up playing multiple sports like basketball, track and field, and football. You might say he’s a fitness enthusiast willing to try different things. He’s currently studying kinesiology at City College of San Francisco.
JenDesk StaffWhile an elusive creature, a rare Jen can be found in the wilds of the Bay Area. Just look for her signature markings: wolf shirt, bunch of tattoos, messy hair, and outta control sock style. Once spotted, observe some classic Jen behavioral traits: slow-rollin the city on a purple bike, camera shoved in her face, searching for snacks, blasting righteous jams from behind the desk, and slappin’ plastic at your neighborhood rock gym.
Once upon a time, Tiffany was a mermaid. However, she wanted to be where the climbers were and be part of that world. So she gave up her mermaid tail for climber’s grip strength and heel-hooking capabilities. Fortunately, her colorful mermaid hair is still full of magic. (That’s actually how she gets up the walls.) You can usually find her at Dogpatch coaching her group of little minions or playing on the new sets at the gym. When she’s not at the gym, she’s probably at the beach or hiking to the beach. If you see her, don’t be afraid to say hello!
Originally hired as a Coach for the Rec Team in the closing months of 2018, Mike quickly worked his way behind the desk to join the rest of the amazing Dogpatch crew. Although fairly new to the sport, Mike has already found a permanent spot in his heart for climbing, and all the cracks and flappers that come with it.
When he’s not behind the desk or working out beta at the gym, you can find Mike cruising the streets on his Harley, working the door at your local music venues, or pouring cold ones at your friendly, neighborhood dive! If you’re able to catch Mike between all his busywork feel free to chat him up about any of the above!
Brent started his climbing career at MetalMark, Touchstone’s Fresno gym, which is close to where he grew up in Shaver Lake, CA. After his second year at CSU Fresno, he transferred to CSU San Francisco, majoring in Biology-Physiology. The very first place he stopped in The City was Dogpatch Boulders, and he started working at the Dogpatch front desk as soon as he could. Climbing, running, cycling, traveling, music, and FOOD (especially food) are the things Brent enjoys most in life. You probably won’t catch him climbing most days since 5am seems to be his preferred time to send, but otherwise you can find him at the SFSU campus in his lab, doing research or hitting the books with hopes of getting into medical school!