Do you hear bass-heavy EDM? Is the scent of Earl Grey wafting under the prow? Then that’s probably Dan behind the desk.
Originally from across the pond, Dan grew up surfing and gallivanting along the wild North Cornish coast before discovering climbing in the dingy walls of East London (since much improved). Soon after, he found that the sea cliffs from his childhood were also climbable and set about finding the friends and gear needed to stay alive when doing so.
When not behind the desk you can usually find Dan, face obscured by a camera or laptop, telling stories or approximating art.
Julie (she/her)Desk Staff
An East Bay native, Julie has been climbing in gyms for three years, and whatever she could reach for about 23 more before that. When not at the GW front desk, she can be found reorganizing objects around the gym, going for long walks, sewing nifty items (it has pockets!!!), or dancing. Talk to her about biotech or motorcycles any day of the week.
Richy (he/him)Desk Staff
While many need a bed to fall asleep on each night, Richy possesses the unique ability to sleep on the ground easily. When climbing, his chalk bag is typically barren except for twigs and pebbles. Given these attributes, one could call him a true dirt bagger but then he wouldn’t be able to give in to his vices… Current mood — binge-watching Jeopardy and playing The Office theme song on repeat.
Julia (she/her)Desk Staff
An educator by day, at the front desk by night! Julia is originally from upstate New York and loves to find adventure wherever and whenever here in the Bay. A true cat lady for life, you’ll likely find Julia camping, road tripping, or hiking with her cat Ace! She also likes to pass time basking in the sun, trail running, and enjoying green tea ice cream.
Joshua (he/him)Desk Staff
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Josh first got his start climbing right here at GWPC. When he’s not behind the front desk or climbing, you can find him running, biking, hiking, or sunbathing with his dog, Mickey. Talk to him about your project or the best California climbing destinations!
Kyle (he/him)Desk Staff
Originally from Sacramento-ish, Kyle moved to the Bay Area for school and fell in love with climbing along the way. He has a twin brother named Cody who plays soccer and also isn’t a half-bad climber himself. When not behind the desk or climbing you can find him practicing an instrument, playing video games, or cooking, come talk to him about your favorite places to eat in Oakland!
Elena (she/her)Desk Staff
Elena began climbing in 2017 when she was attending her beloved Santa Monica College. She also became vegan whilst at SMC and has been passionate about animal rights activism ever since. She can become easily distracted if she sees an animal because of the level of adoration she has for them, “SQUIRREL!” Besides that, her other favorite activities include eating food, doing pretzel-like yoga poses and being silly. Catch her taking whips on her projects in the lead section.
Ellen (she/her)Desk Staff + Club Coach
A Berkeley native, Ellen worked as a dancer in Europe and Canada for the past 8 years before returning to the Bay for law school with aspirations of being an environmental lawyer. She started climbing at Berkeley Ironworks in high school, and the passion followed her to Montreal where she began waddling through the snow towards every boulder she could find.
At the gym, you can find her punting off her latest boulder project or lying under the Kilter Board. Feel free to ask her what she’s reading or for her painfully detailed list of sci-fi book recommendations.
TJ (he/him)Desk Staff
Fresh off a 4-month cross-country van life trip, TJ landed in the Bay to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. His relationship with rock climbing began as a carnival worker, supervising the climbing wall at the Great New York State Fair. It wasn’t until years later in 2015, after moving to Portland, OR, where he was truly introduced to the world of rock climbing and the incredible community that comes with it. With the onset of the Pandemic and navigating life during these trying times, TJ started to lose touch with the world of climbing. Now living in a city with the best gym in the world (Great Western, of course) TJ’s looking to get back to form and meet all the fine people that make up the GW community. Be sure to say hi — especially if you’re looking to chat about Magic the Gathering, synthesizers, and all your favorite vegan restaurants in the Bay.