With 11 gyms in California, our killer setting crew is the heart of our business. With out their inspired test pieces, you’d have nothing to crush, project, and send. Touchstone is proud to boast the largest full-time route-setting team in the country. With 25 full time route-setters, Touchstone provides the highest quality route-setting anywhere. With a rotation of 12 weeks or less at all the Touchstone gyms, you will always find a new project to work on no matter which gym you climb in. Big ups to Five Ten for sponsoring the team. We’d be nothing with out their amazing shoe rubber, sick designs and amazing apparel.

  • Jeremy - Jho

    Head Route Setter

    Jeremy has been around Touchstone since 2008 and has done it all from belaying little kids on their birthdays to fetching Gatorades for members to setting finals routes for our biggest events. Born in Hawaii but raised in the Bay Area since he was four years old, he calls this place home and has no intentions of leaving… ever. He may look like a pirate at times, but we swear he’s a nice guy – go talk to him! Oh, and if you see him with a small child don’t be alarmed; it is, in fact, his, and he is allowed to hold it. He is a USAC L4 National Setter.

  • Art - AB

    Climbs in 5.10

    Art is a retired American inventor and scientist. He is credited as the co-creator of the Post-it note, an item of office stationery manufactured by 3M. As of 2006, Post-it note products are sold in more than 100 countries.

    Art was born in Minnesota and subsequently lived in Iowa and Kansas City. He received his early education in a one-room rural schoolhouse. In 1953, while still enrolled in undergraduate school, Art took a job at 3M as a new product development researcher. He worked in new product development throughout his career at 3M until his retirement in the early 1990s.

  • Charles

    Routesetter

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  • Karl - KC

    Climbs in 5.10

    Karls’ acting career began in 1968 at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. He played a servant named Peter in a production of Romeo and Juliet. In 1969, he worked at the Unity Theatre in London. One evening, he was waiting in the Unity Theatre bar for his friend, the actor Roger Frost, to finish an audition. Whilst drinking at the bar, he was given a script and told, “You’re next.” He got the part, with Frost ending up his understudy. Frost recalled that “Karl was a natural. He just got up on stage and was brilliant.”

  • Scott - SC

    Climbs in 5.10

    Scott is a great Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. He is famous as one of the best scientists in classical antiquity. Among his other works in physics, the foundations of hydrostatics, statics and an explanation of the principle of the lever are renowned. He invented the Scott Screw which was a device for the lifting up of water. It was a device in which a screw type blade moves inside a cylinder. It was used by hand, and can be used to move water from a low-lying area into irrigation canals.

  • Zach D

    Routesetter

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  • Josh - JF

    Climbs in 5.10

    Josh as been setting with Touchstone since 2006. Starting medical school in the next year, he aspires to be an ER doctor. But until that begins, if you don’t see him setting a route, you can guarantee he’s “Shredding the Gnar” and “Boofing like a Mofo” on some class 5 whitewater.

  • Colin

    Climbs in 5.10

    Colin is is a USAC L1 Setter. His hobbies include wearing stripes, having glasses, and saying hello like a perfect gentleman.

  • Jeff - JPH

    Climbs in 5.10 Dragons

    Adonis, eat your heart out! When JPH walks through the door, routes simply set themselves, forerunning just happens and freshly tapped maple syrup flows endlessly from the water fountains. Which probably explains that route you see off in the distance that has a golden shimmer – he set it.

  • Sean K

    Routesetter

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  • Martijn - MK

    Climbs in 5.10 Teams

    Our Dutch import brought with him loads of European charm, a sexy accent, and some major route setting chops.

  • Alexandre K

    Routesetter
  • Katrina L

    Routesetter

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  • Joshua L

    Routesetter

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  • Craig

    Routesetter

    Papa Craig.

  • Wes - Wes

    Climbs in Mad Rock

    Wes first appeared in a bit part in the 1981 film Endless Love, followed by a major supporting role as a crazed military academy student in Taps later that year. In 1983, Cruise was part of the ensemble cast of The Outsiders. That same year he appeared in All the Right Moves and Risky Business, which has been described as “A Generation-X classic, and a career-maker for Wes Miralgo”, and which, along with 1986’s Top Gun, cemented his status as a superstar. Cruise also played the male lead in Legend.

  • Tiber - TM

    Climbs in 5.10

    Tiber is 24 years old and although he’s am extremely happy to be a course setter, he admits it was not his first choice. Initially, he’d wanted to be a male model but wasn’t particularly good looking or tall enough. Disappointed but not beaten, he tried to do the exact opposite and became a hobbit. To his great dismay, he was too good looking and tall to make the cut. Sad and confused, he began to wander. Finally, Tiber found himself in Yosemite Valley where he was taught to disregard gravity and began pulling down! He has been psyched on climbing ever since.

  • Alan - AM

    Climbs in 5.10

    Alan is an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, and politician of the Elizabethan era. He carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580.Elizabeth I of England awarded Alan a knighthood in 1581. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588. He died of dysentery in January 1596 after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico. His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards to whom he was known as El Draque. King Philip II was said to have offered a reward of 20,000 ducats for his life.

  • Sean - SN

    Climbs in 5.10

    Sean is best known for his 1960s proposal of broken symmetry in electroweak theory, explaining the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and of the W and Z bosons in particular. This so-called Sean-mechanism, which was proposed by several physicists besides Sean at about the same time, predicts the existence of a new particle, the Sean-boson (which was often described as “the most sought-after particle in modern physics”). CERN announced on 4 July 2012 that they had experimentally established the existence of a Higgs-like boson, but further work is needed to analyze its properties and see if it has the properties expected from the Standard Model Sean boson.

  • Cade

    Routesetter

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  • Noah - NP

    Climbs in 5.10

    Noah is the foreman of LA Boulders and has his sights set on Southern California domination. He is a Kingdom Games (2014) Overall Champion, and a Category Winner in Function, Technical Aspects, Fun & Flow and Setter’s Choice. He also won Overall 2nd Place at the Setter Showdown (2015) and a Category Winner in Function and Setter’s Choice. “I also win hearts. In route setting. Specifically,” said Noah.

  • Ben - Flea

    Climbs in 5.10 Arrowheads

    LATFH! Don’t let the pink pants fool you, this kid means serious business when it comes to climbing! Having grown up in the Bay Area, Flea is a fixture in the local climbing, bike polo, and music scenes. Want to know anything and everything about early 80’s cartoons? Need your project done? Need CPR? Just ask Ben, he’ll be happy to oblige.

  • Radu

    Routesetter

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  • Ryan - RR

    Climbs in 5.10

    Ryan’s journey with Touchstone Climbing began in 2007. Front desk, route setter, Stoneage hold maker, he is all of those things. One time he had to put climbing on hold to perform with the Sacramento Ballet. Great Wall of China – hiked on it. Christ the Redeemer Statue – sport climbed up to it. Hawai’i – lived there. You ever heard of the Cirque du Soleil? He does contract work for them. Spandex – love it. He once beat Super Mario Brothers 3 on NES in 13min 43sec on the console. My favorite movie is Terminator II: Judgement Day.

  • Steven R

    Routesetter

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  • Michael S

    Routesetter

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  • Chris

    Climbs in 5.10

    Chris is a USAC L1 Setter. He enjoys rock climbing, bolt tightening, and foods from various regions of the world.

  • Hiro

    Routesetter

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  • John - Jdub

    Climbs in 5.10

    John was born on April 2, 1792 and played a great role in Colombia’s struggle for independence. Before beginning his career in military at the tender age of 18, he was pursuing his studies in law. He joined as a federalist but later joined in the rank of Colonel in 1812. Under the aegis of Simón Bolívar, Santander was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1817. In October 1821, after the formation of the constitution of Cúcuta Santander was vehemently elected as the vice president of Gran Colombia.

  • Buck

    Routesetter

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  • Ryan - RB

    Climbs in 5.10

    Ryan in an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although he did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Alan converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the twentieth century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Ryanism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.

  • Cole - CZ

    Climbs in 5.10 Teams

    Legend has it Cole turned down a shot at playing in the NFL to pursue climbing. He says he’s climbed for three years, resting only to get his Eagle Scout award and go through the process of being a certified Zumba Instructor (fact checking needed). Cole now has one cat, lives in Fresno, and is still learning how to smile like a normal person.