Soaring from the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Roger moved to Los Angeles back in 2004. They have now spent over half of their life living in California, and have spent the last 8+ years climbing and exploring the diverse state. When not climbing, Roger likes to spend time at the beach or anywhere where there’s a pool of water because it reminds him of his childhood. Aside from climbing and attempting to tan at a beach, Roger loves going to concerts and seeing all the pop girlies live! Some of his favorite live performances include Charlie XCX & Caroline Polachek. Side note: Make sure you give Roger restaurant recommendations. He loves to eat!
Nick (he/him)Desk Staff
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.
Katherine (she/her)Desk Staff
Katherine hails from Miami and was raised by rad hippie immigrants from South America. She was eating tofu and alfalfa sprout sandwiches before they were cool—those are cool now, right? She moved out to California five years ago to pursue acting and hasn’t looked back. She reluctantly went bouldering for the first time at her friend’s insistence and joined the gym the day after—trying new things can be scary AND transformative!
When she’s not convincing everyone she knows to try climbing…she’s most likely rewatching one of her favorite shows again for the fourth time or exploring Southern California on weekends—she likes that so much that she co-wrote/co-produced an indie feature about road tripping through California!
Kahve (he/him)Desk Staff
Kahve is on a journey to become a Pokemon Master; in order to do so, he must collect the Dragon Balls from the various Touchstone gyms and become the Hokage. He’s been challenging the LAB gym leader, Jen, to a Pokemon battle for months now–but to no avail. Jen insists that Pokemon aren’t real and that LAB is just a climbing gym, but Kahve sees through her deceit and pushes on as a proper Pokemon Master should. However, being a full time pokemon trainer doesn’t pay well, so Kahve’s started picking up shifts at LAB; he may eventually try out this “climbing” thing.
Filemón (he/him)Custodial MVP
Filemón loves hiking and is always looking for a new trail, new adventures and new friends to walk the mountains with. He’s glad to be a family member of Touchstone, and LA Boulders is his home gym.
Patrick (he/him)Desk Staff
LAB’s resident jack of all trades, Patrick always brings positive energy with him. Between learning everyone’s name, playing the best music, baking treats, and sharing helpful yoga tips, he occasionally finds time to climb things and hang out. Be sure to ask him what song was playing twenty minutes ago!
Natalie (she/her)Desk Staff
Natalie hails from a mysterious planet in a galaxy far, far away. She was sent to Earth to gather knowledge on humans but was quickly apprehended by the FBI after crash-landing her UFO (she swears she’s not a bad driver). She busted out of Area 51 last summer, and she’s been on the run ever since—San Diego, San Francisco, and, most recently, LA. While hiding out in the city, she discovered an activity known as “rock-climbing”, and she took a job at LAB to gather further intel. She hopes to master the sport and, one day, bring it back to her home planet.
Bri (she/her)Desk Staff
Bri is from Tallahassee, FL by way of Brooklyn, NY. If you hear the smooth sounds of r&b and soul in the background as you send your project, Bri is probably present. Don’t bother shazamming just ask her to send you the playlist. When she’s not climbing she’s probably digging for records, getting tatted, or rewatching the original l-word (unpopular opinion: jenny ain’t that bad).
Charles (he/him)Desk Staff
Lenard (he/him)Desk Staff
A wandering nomad who has lived and been to many far and wide corners of the world from New Zealand to China to South Africa to Peru, Lenard found his way to Los Angeles. He decided to set up camp and stay for a while. His search to find a place to call home has finally come to an end. When not at work at LAB, you can likely find him skiing and snowboarding up at Big Bear, lead climbing over at Malibu Creek, camping out at Joshua Tree, bouldering at Stoney Point, or at many of the Queer Crush events in the LA area. He loves baking delicious sweet treats, listening to all the pop queens, and taking lots of cute photos of his dogs. And if you’re ever going on a road trip, he’s always down to join.