Remi (she/her)Gym Manager
Remi has been with Touchstone since 2011 and has loved every minute of it! From opening new gyms to evicting pigeons who have made the COI climbing walls their home, there’s always something new and exciting to tackle when she comes into work. Other than being a Touchstone ride-or-die, she is an aerial artist, drag enthusiast, and staunch supporter of the notion that if you’re not having fun you’re not doing climbing right. You can find her at the gym trying to switch the Pandora station to 90’s pop radio without anybody noticing.
Pierre (he/him)Desk Staff
An East Bay kid, Pierre spent his childhood playing football in the streets and video games on the couch. He and his brother discovered climbing when, after years of bouncing and tumbling at a local trampoline park, their group of friends were looking for a new challenge. “Diablo Rock Gym was just like a more grown-up version of what we were already doing,” he said. While he can often be found quietly scrolling through his Instagram feed (or respectfully avoiding yet another lap on your project), don’t let his modesty fool you—Pierre’s real secret recipe is his determination and laser-like focus.
Leila (she/her)Desk Staff
Leila loves cooking, climbing and cats. Born and raised in Berkeley, you can probably find her at Berkeley Bowl, in her permaculture garden or at the front desk at Pacific Pipe! In 2012, she decided she wanted to learn to climb, took an Intro to Climbing Class at Ironworks and hasn’t gotten off the wall since. She is super appreciative to be part of the Touchstone community and excited to climb new routes on new walls with new friends!
Haiden (they/them)Desk Staff
Although originally from the lone star state, Haiden knew they belonged out on the west coast and set roots in Oakland back in March 2021. They got into climbing not long before the pandemic and are super stoked to get back to it! They’re a proud parent of an always anxious, yet always adorable rescue named Nalu. When not behind the desk, you can probably find Haiden practicing their technique for their next Chiropractic exam, out at the beach, or sunbathing at Lake Merritt. If you have any strategy tips for Catan, please share since they are the only housemate who has yet to win a game.
David (he/him)Desk Staff
David Lee is an African-American, Oakland-based photographer and writer. David has worked in social and human services for over 10 years teaching young people art, life skills, and wellness practices. During that time, David has worked on photography projects that center around the culture and development of Oakland through portraiture and street photography. David is the co-founder of Negus in Nature which works to increase the representation of Black people in outdoor spaces and create access points to explore outdoor activities. He is an avid rock climber, backpacker, and alpinist.
Natalie (she/her)Desk Staff
Anything but a southern belle, Natalie grew up in Alabama with stops in Georgia and Oregon before landing in the Bay Area in 2017. She’s enjoyed so much the Bay has to offer, including the food, friends, outdoors, and culture. She has just in the last year has begun to take advantage of the climbing as well, with her first gym experience at Ironworks When she’s not behind the desk at Pacific Pipe, you can find her cragging outside, cooking with her partner, mixing cocktails, snuggling her cats, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. She’s beginning to break into lead climbing and looking forward to a second (and third, and fourth) trip to Red Rocks.
Vik (she/her)Desk Staff
Originally hailing from the land of bratwurst & sauerkraut, Viktoria moved to the golden state as a kid and has lived here most of her life. After going to college in LA she decided she never again wanted to live in Southern California and traded the (slightly) warmer water for the vibrancy of the Bay. Her journey with climbing started in her early childhood but took a decade-long pause due to an infatuation with open water swimming. After a tender reacquaintance 7 years ago, she realized that climbing had always been her true love and she hasn’t stopped chuffing since. You can find her convincing boulderers that they should lead with her, perusing the aisles of Berkeley Bowl, ordering the darkest Bavarian beer on the menu, or starting yet another hobby/project to satisfy her ever-curious Gemini heart.
Andres (he/him)Desk Staff
The self-diagnosed social introvert, Andres, grew up on both sides of the southwestern border of Arizona. His unique Mexican-American upbringing only prevents him from enjoying tacos that the general public considers as “good.” Aside from his passion for bomb Mexican food, Andres has always been heavily motivated and influenced by music. In his pursuit, Andres learned to play guitar and soon began to write and perform his own music. Eventually, Andres was properly introduced to the outdoors during his freshman year of college when a friend invited him to a camping trip that turned into a climbing and canyoneering adventure in the Superstition Mountains! Nowadays, Andres continues to connect with the outdoors as frequently as possible, climbs anything that looks bomber, and strums his guitar when the room feels too quiet.
Justin (he/him)Desk Staff
Justin is an Oakland-based Latinx educator and game designer. He began climbing in 2005 and quickly developed a love for gym and crag alike. After spending most of his early adulthood working in mental health and education he switched tracks to start a business throwing Murder Mystery Parties. He now splits his time between the gym, raising a kiddo, gardening, and designing games. A self-described “professional extrovert,” he’s excited to bring his humor and passion to Pacific Pipe!