Holly moved to the Bay Area back in 2007 fresh out of college, for my first ever ‘real’ job working as an Industrial Designer. She was living in an apartment that was a cockroach infested dungeon located a couple blocks from Berkeley Ironworks. She walked into the gym one day to avoid my apartment for said reasons and her world exploded! She was hooked! After that, all her free time was spent climbing, traveling to climb, planning out new stuff to climb, climb, climb, CLIMB! Holly also surfs, loves unreasonable adventure goals and once performed a roller dance to Rhythm of the Night. Go on, ask her about it.
JenDesk StaffJen enjoys long and romantic walks on the bea…oops, Wrong website…..Jen is an LA native born and raised in South Los Angeles. She joined the climbing cult after taking an intro course in college and the rest is history. Jen enjoys checking out bands, playing with babies and puppies (baby anything, really), laughing, and long walks on the beach with her pug, Meeko. She’s the friendly face behind the desk with the glasses and the hair, feel free to find her and share your thoughts on puppies!
A human of simple taste, Doug enjoys quiet walks in the mountains with his trusty sidekick Odi, the Corgi/German Shepard mix pup. He enjoys sport climbing more than anything but does not discriminate against other aspects of climbing. You can find him pulling on challenging routes at Malibu Creek or on granite boulders in the woods of the Angeles Crest Forest.
Jake is a LA native who joined the Touchstone family in 2016. Jake is our resident EMT, full-time desk staffer, part-time writer, and self proclaimed Clif Bar aficionado. When Jake isn’t surfing or climbing slab he can likely be found wandering the gym with power tools or changing the music to Pearl Jam.
Charles is an LA native who loves to eat, cook, hike, and most importantly climb. He gets excited when you bring food to the front desk. Apparently, his stomach is a black hole. When he’s not climbing, you can usually see him walking around Los Angeles with a huge bag lugged with school work + climbing shoes or possibly outside on a patio restaurant during happy hour. Aside from that he always loves to eat and workout, so if you want to talk about food or possibly fitness come say to him at the front desk! Bring tacos.
Nick hails from the distant future, having come back in time to prevent an apocalyptic reality. Turns out things are much better here, so he stuck around. He is a paragon of placidity, a champion of both nothing and everything, and a repository of unwarranted knowledge and ideas with dreams of becoming a world-renowned supervillain. And if the legends are to believed, he once flashed a 5.8 on top rope.
Andrew joined LAB back in January of 2018 and has since used the phrase “New Year, New Me” unironically when asked about it. He moved to LA from all the way across the pond…of America. He’s from Pennsylvania. Hailing from the ever-lovely town of Hatfield, Andrew will probably just say he’s from Philly since that’s easier to explain, however you will be met with blank stares if you try to talk about Geno’s vs Pat’s or the Eagles with him. The only Philly colloquialism to stick with him is calling everything “jawn.”
Andrew began climbing in college and has made it an integral part of his life since. When he’s not at LAB, you can catch him on the fields of Rocket League or on his YouTube channel where he’ll ask you to like, comment, and subscribe! But in a cool way.
Efren was born and raised in LA. He started climbing in 2014 shortly after LA Boulders opened and fell in love with the community almost instantly. He enjoys making his own beer, cooking, watching baseball, and playing video games. When he isn’t at the gym, you can catch him at any one of LA’s numerous breweries or at some fancy new vegan restaurant or festival. He is aways looking to start a conversation or discover new things, so feel free to come by and say hi!