After returning from a weekend trip from San Diego where she got fake tips put on her nails, her first adventure to Mission Cliffs with her friend left her scratching at the walls. She had such a great time that she went home and tore off the tips and begged her friend to take her climbing again -The rest is history…SHE WAS HOOKED! Donna has been with the gym for 9 years and has really enjoyed working with the community and assisting the diverse clients at Mission Cliffs.
Frank started climbing when hip belays were the standard technique in belaying. Frank was one of the original members of the gym, and has long been a staple behind the front desk.
Shaun was born and raised in the great city of San Francisco, he is a city boy by definition but an outdoorsman at heart. He started climbing in 2007 while also focusing on school. He is now a licensed EMT always looking to save a life or just put a band-aid on that booboo. When Shaun isn’t climbing he enjoys spending time with the family, playing with his dog, cooking on the fly, snowboarding when there’s actually snow and lot’s of other exciting endeavors. His future goals are to be a Firefighter/Paramedic and to help Mission Cliffs to be the raddest climbing gym ever!
A NASM certified personal trainer, professional dancer, and lover of climbing, Justin is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He spent his childhood summers going on cross country family camping trips, where he found his love of campfires, and big skies. He went on to attend the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance. Upon moving to San Francisco in 2008, he has danced with a variety of companies including ODC, and the San Francisco Symphony. After retiring from full time professional dance, Justin has chosen to pursue his love of climbing and personal fitness coaching. He believes that anything can be achieved with time, effort, and patience…and maybe a whole lot of pull-ups.
Alec was born in Berkeley and has lived in the bay area his whole life. Alec graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Planning and would like to continue his education in the field and pursue a career in city planning. He has been climbing for six years and has his AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor certification and is working towards the Single Pitch Instructor certification. When he’s not climbing, Alec can be found with his guitar or camera in hand enjoying his rest days with his friends.
Ben’s love for climbing started as a young child with trees, the roof of his house, and really anything else he could scramble up. Currently his favorite things to climb include rocks, plastic things in gyms, and still anything he can scramble up. Ben has spent most of his time on the East Coast, but his closest friends still claim his formative years of pre-school and kindergarten in California make him a native to the area. After graduating with a degree in Architecture from Northeastern University, which he plans to use later in life, Ben moved back to his roots to pursue a life of adventure and fun, starting with a job here at MC! If he isn’t at the front desk, Ben is probably biking, throwing a disk with some friends, or simply enjoying a relaxing weekend trip to somewhere new.
Elle (pronounced El-Lee) has been living in SF for the past six years and started climbing back in 2012. She was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, and made the most of it by downhill ski racing, hiking, and playing soccer. Elle thinks it’s a shame that she didn’t get into climbing growing up, but now she can visit new places she hadn’t seen as a kid. She is working toward a degree in fire science at CCSF, and is getting closer to her goal of becoming a firefighter for San Francisco every day. She has two cats named Goblin and Marceline the Vampire Queen, and once broke her heel climbing at Owens River Gorge—ask her about it next time you see her at the gym!
Jordan started climbing in 2010 as part of a college course. He carried on climbing poorly, albeit enthusiastically, until he took his first lead class in January of 2017. Since starting work at Mission Cliffs in March 2017, he’s refined many skills, such as rocking ridiculous and unruly hairdos, encouraging vocal climbing, and napping under the lead prow. Don’t hesitate to say hi to him as you swipe in!
Ting grew up in Glendora, California where she often played in the
foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains and learned many life
lessons “the hard way.” In past lives, she was a professional cellist,
caretaker for intellectually disabled adults, student of Renaissance
art, and competitive figure skater. Ting lives in Oakland with her
husband, Cary, their pit bull, Ian, and Lawrence, a feisty black cat.
When she’s not working at Mission Cliffs, she’s probably working out
at Mission Cliffs or another Touchstone gym. On occasion, when she’s
not at a Touchstone gym, she can be found running with Ian in the
Oakland hills or crawling up a Sierra peak.
LouiDesk StaffLoui traveled the world, getting into adventures and working abroad for two years before coming back to the States. She soaked in culture and gained life skills and tolerance while traveling. She documented her experiences of nature and people along the way with her camera—ask her to see some of the pictures some time! Coming back to the US made her nervous, yet San Francisco greeted her with smiles and the city seemed sweet. From every direction the climbing community continues to show her beautiful people. Loui’s not surprised that Mission Cliffs has been nothing but a positive environment for staff and members, and she hopes to continue passing on the smile.