With nine 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. Truth.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bennett - BD

    Climbs in 5.10

    Bennett found climbing only a few years ago and became obsessed. Realizing that there were jobs to be had in the climbing community, he found his way to route setting for Touchstone. Now a seasoned setter of three years, when not at work, outdoors or being an all-around nerd, you’ll find Bennett working his way through an education in Software Development.

  • 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.

  • Eric - McLvn

    Climbs in 5.10 Teams

    Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

    Eric now attends San Jose State University and sets at The Studio Climbing.

  • John - Ja'h

    Climbs in 5.10 Coyote Lace Ups

    This mild-mannered academic made the switch from desk staffer to route setter this year and hasn’t looked back. John is going to school to be a genius, so when you see him carefully crafting his routes, look closer… he’s actually listening to books on tape.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Ken - KT

    Climbs in 5.10

    Ken is an American actor, model, and martial artist. He is best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name. As a child, Ken took up martial arts in Holland, Michigan and was ranked number one in his category by the American Sports Karate Association. He later began his acting career, appearing in bit roles in comedy series such as The Bernie Mac Show. The late 2000s saw Lautner become a teen idol and sex symbol. In 2010, he was ranked second on Glamour’s “The 50 Sexiest Men of 2010″ list, and fourth on People’s “Most Amazing Bodies” list. Also in the same year, Lautner was named the highest-paid teenage actor in Hollywood.

  • Owen - OG

    Climbs in 5.10

    Owen has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School. He first gained recognition in the spy-action television show Alias and the television drama Jack & Bobby. He later appeared in supporting roles in the romantic comedies Wedding Crashers, Yes Man, and He’s Just Not That Into You. His breakthrough role came with the comedy franchise The Hangover trilogy. Other notable films include the action-comedy The A-Team, the thriller Limitless, the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, and the superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he had a voice role.

  • Giovanni - G$

    Climbs in 5.10

    As a young boy, Giovanni helped his father Antonio, who had been working in the luggage sector since the ’40s,   quickly learn and successfully meet the requirements of future travelers. Later, in the ’70s, Valigeria Roncato S.p.A. was established and co-founded by Giovanni Roncato. He currently serves as president. When an assembly line was set up, the first in Europe in this sector, this marked an important turning point for Valigeria Roncato and positioned the company as a leading world producer of attaché cases.

  • 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.

  • Alan - AM

    Climbs in 5.10

    Alan is an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Kat - Kat

    Climbs in 5.10

    Kat, nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans”, is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to a peasant family at Domrémy in north-east France. Kat said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Kat to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted in only nine days.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Santiago - SC

    Climbs in 5.10

    Is a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He has written several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism.
    Santiago began his career as a classical philologist—a scholar of Greek and Roman textual criticism—before turning to philosophy. In 1869, at age twenty-four, he was appointed to the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, the youngest individual to have held this position.

  • 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.

  • 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.