With 11 gyms in California, our killer setting crew is the heart of our business. Without their inspired testpieces, we’d have nothing to crush, project, or send. Touchstone is proud to boast the largest full-time routesetting team in the country which produces the highest quality routesetting anywhere. With a rotation of 10 weeks or less at every Touchstone gym, you will always find a new project to work on no matter which gym you climb at. 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 - JHoDirector of Routesetting
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, Jeremy 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.
Noah - NPSouthern California Head Routesetter
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 was a Category Winner in Function and Setter’s Choice. “I also win hearts. In routesetting. Specifically,” said Noah.
Art - ABStudio Climbing Foreman
Art started climbing in 2000 and routesetting in 2001. As one of the few San Jose natives left, he has held many roles in the climbing gym industry, ranging from front desk, gym management, teaching lessons, coaching National-level climbing teams, head routesetting, and even some wall design. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. Outside of climbing, he enjoys watching movies, practicing kendo, and snowboarding in the winter. He travels quite frequently to pursue new adventures; but even so, he can be a bit of a homebody, thoroughly enjoying good food, good company, good wine, whiskey, and beer.
Buck - BYMission Cliffs Foreman + Evolv Athlete
Buck fell in love with climbing out in the desert of Joshua Tree, CA. For the first many years of his climbing life he spent his days sketching his way up moderate trad climbs and dreaming of one day climbing bigwalls. Climbing slowly but surely took over his life and by the time he was out of college the only thing that made sense to him was to move to Yosemite Valley.
Buck found his way onto Yosemite Search and Rescue where he spent two seasons splitting his time between going on rescues and climbing bigwalls. Somewhere along the way, Buck stumbled into a climbing gym in the Bay Area and found himself a job as a routesetter. He now works as a full time routesetter for Touchstone Climbing and is continually stoked to take the skills he learns in the gym to the granite walls of Yosemite.
Joshua - JFSacramento Pipeworks Foreman
Joshua has been a setter with Touchstone creating outstanding technical routes and problems since 2006. In his youth he earned the opportunity to compete at the national level and shares his experience while coaching for the Touchstone youth Competitive Team. When you can’t find Josh in the gym, you’ll have to go looking high in the mountains as he’s sure to be shredding the ski slopes, boofin’ the gnar on some class 5 whitewater, or summiting some of the tallest peaks in the Sierras.
Sean - NANODogpatch Boulders Foreman + Evolv Athlete
Sean hails from New Jersey and was first introduced to climbing at boarding school in New Hamsphire. It was the first sport that actually made sense to him. When he turned 20, Sean made the move from New Jersey to Oakland and at first worked as a massage therapist. His decision to get a membership at GWPC reignited his passion for climbing and led to him become a full time routesetter for Touchstone.
Climbing, training, and setting have become the focal point of Sean’s energy, but if he’s not doing one of those things he’s probably at home playing videogames or on a D&D bender with friends.
Colin - CBGBerkeley Ironworks Foreman
Colin is is a USAC L1 Setter. His hobbies include wearing stripes, having glasses, and saying hello like a perfect gentleman.
Ben - FLEADiablo Rock Gym Foreman
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.
Cole - CZMetalMark Foreman
Cole has been working for Touchstone since 2012 as a routesetter at MetalMark. He began as a trad climber, then moved on to sport, and now focuses on bouldering. When he’s not setting five-star routes and asking for more holds, he’s searching for the softest boulders in the country, knee barring through the hard ones, and spending too much time in Whole Foods. He’s most famous for being the inventor of fashion, gracing the cover of a magazine, watching 95% of the bouldering videos available online, and punting on the last move.
John - JdubGreat Western Power Co Foreman
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.
Karl - KCClimbs 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 - SCClimbs in 5.10
Scott starting climbing in 1997 and has been routesetting since January 2015. He is also one of the head coaches for Touchstone’s Competitive Youth Climbing Team. His favorite climbing places include Rodellar in Spain and Rocklands in South Africa.
Zack - ZTDClimbs in 5.10
Zack has been routesetting since December, 2015. Outside of work, Zack enjoys rock climbing, whether it be training indoors or traveling outdoors. Other hobbies include playing the piano, seshing the wave, skateboarding, and videogames.
DarrylClimbs in 5.10
Darryl has a genius-level IQ but works as janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. After a string of incidents with the city he makes a deal for leniency so long as he sees a therapist, Robin Williams.
Sean is an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature. His best-known books, Ficciones and El Aleph, published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion.
Theo - TLClimbs in 5.10
Born in Washington DC, Theo started climbing at age 12. His passion for climbing has taken him around the globe to Ecuador, the Himalayas, El Paso Texas, and countless other spots around the country. Settling in Los Angeles after receiving a BFA in film production, Theo has been setting routes for the LA Touchstone gyms for 2 years. His favorite drink is a double espresso.
Joshua - JLRoutesetter
Hailing from Concord, Josh started rock climbing in 2011 and got hooked right away. He decided to make climbing his life and began working for Touchstone the same year. He stays stoked cranking on projects with his friends. When he’s not pulling on grips, Josh likes to ride motorcycles on the racetrack; it’s at least as fun as climbing and is a great way to give his fingers a much-needed break.
Craig - CMRoutesetter
AKA – Hippie, Skeletor
With 35 years of climbing experience, Craig has redpointed 5.14 and bouldered V9. He was the Head Routesetter for Touchstone from 1996 to 2010, and has been the Head Routesetter for multiple roped and bouldering Nationals competitions in both the adult and junior categories.
A resident of Sonora and routesetting in the Bay Area four days a week, Craig is always on the move and wouldn’t have it any other way. When not routesetting, Craig can be found skiing with his daughters and grandson, or climbing with his bros at the crags and boulders, trying hard, with no regard for personal safety.
Wes - WESClimbs 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 - TLMClimbs in 5.10
Tiber grew up in Oakhurst, California. He began climbing in high school and hasn’t done much else since. Before he started working for Touchstone he worked a variety of jobs: landscaper, cashier, server, receiver for a clothing company, and even a security guard. After working such odd jobs, becoming a Touchstone routesetter was a dream come true. He could not believe he was getting paid to climb!
Before working for Touchstone Tiber could not put his finger on his particular style of climbing, but now that he has been working as a setter for a few years he can assuredly say that his climbing style boils down to one part extended, one part scrunchy, and a dash of power. Keep an eye out for his maker’s mark TLM. Most importantly, he’s just happy to be here!
Radu - RADRoutesetter
Born but not raised in Romania, Radu was a youth competitor with a love for dynos (and penguins). Now, when he is not eating sushi or working on photography projects, he coaches the SF climbing teams.
With a setting style influenced by the comp scene, Radu’s setting tends to make the climber think outside the box. He is always down to talk beta and offer advice if a climber gets stumped.
Ryan - RRClimbs in 5.10
Ryan’s journey with Touchstone Climbing began in 2007. Front desk, routesetter, Stone Age 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 it. Christ the Redeemer Statue—sport climbed up to it. Hawai’i—lived there. You ever heard of Cirque du Soleil? He does contract work for them. Spandex—loves it. He once beat Super Mario Brothers 3 on NES in 13min 43sec on the console. His favorite movie is Terminator II: Judgement Day.
Hiro - HWRoutesetter
Hiro is a professional baseball player. He played portions of three seasons in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, and as a pinch hitter and pitcher for Detroit Tigers. When Hiro debuted with the Phillies, he became the fourth Hawaiian player to appear in the major leagues. He compiled a .308 batting average and a 3.77 earned run average (ERA) in three major league seasons.
Joe - JYClimbs in 5.10
Joe Yun started playing Magic: The Gathering in 1994. Joe claims to have received the 34th DCI number issued in France and to have played in France’s very first sanctioned event.
In 2002, Yun would meet fellow French player Wafo-Tapa at the European Championship. Later that year Joe moved to Wafo-Tapa’s hometown of Nantes to study for three years. From there the two built a strong friendship, often preparing for events together. Joe credits this friendship as a major source of his later personal success and considers Wafo-Tapa to be his favorite player.
Morgan - MCGRoutesetter
Half man, half amazing, Morgan joined the Touchstone family in 2008 when a strange series of events brought him up to San Francisco. After talking to a random climber at a bus stop, the two joined forces to boulder the next morning. Morgan’s been hooked ever since.
Morgan resides in Oakland with his partner and two cats, and can be found frolicking in Tahoe, Yosemite, Bishop, and of course, the legendary Mortar Rock.
When he’s not climbing, Morgan is active in the Bay Area recovery community, helping people escape sinking ships. And if you want to ask him for tips on achieving Enlightenment, just tap him on the shoulder after he’s done forerunning.
Zak - ZAKRoutesetter
You’ve probably seen this golden haired crusher stop by at your gym at some point. Born in Berkeley, Zak was introduced to climbing after a wilderness therapy excursion had him shuffling up a 5.9+ one week. Once home, he and his mom starting rope climbing at Ironworks. Soon after he joined the Ironworks teen team, where he slowly figured out the sport thanks to the coaches. Since he already spent so much of his time at the gym, sometimes even ditching school for a session, he ended up getting a job at Oakland’s very own GWPC, and from there went on to set routes.
When he’s not grunting up rocks or trying to discover fire, Zak spends his time on his computer playing games like Overwatch, visiting his best friend in Culver City, or driving to the next climbing trip.
Holland - HPRoutesetter
The name is Holland. Yes like the country, but the team likes to call her Howie. Why? No clue. Holland recently picked up bouldering after a bad sport climbing fall rocked her cage and left her with a fear of belay partners. She has been focusing on bettering her bouldering strength and is thankful for her parents, especially her dad, who has supported her climbing with no questions asked.
Besides climbing, Holland loves to try new restaurants and explore museums with her lady; “Lazy Sundays” are actually entire weekends for her. A self-described weirdo, she makes weird faces on the daily and is pretty sure that the guys on the crew just think that’s how she looks all the time. She is terrified of being folded (you don’t want to know) and loves the team she gets to work with every day.
Dylin - DCRoutsetter
Dylin was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. Climbing rocks and setting plastic has been a part of his life for almost a decade now. He grew up climbing around Stoney Point with his pops, but it wasn’t till high school that he developed the passion he has for it now. Rock climbing has been nothing but fun and to him, that’s what it is first and foremost. He plans on doing it till the day he is reborn as a silverback gorilla.
Ben - BDRoutesetter
Ben grew up in West Virginia near the New River Gorge and started climbing at age 12. At age 16 he took a 50′ ground fall and broke himself. After recovering, his love for climbing only grew, and after college Ben roved the west on an endless climbing road trip. In the summer of 2008 he visited Yosemite for the first time; he liked the park so much that he stayed for 7 years, working as a search and rescue technician and climbing ranger.
Travis - ZAAA!!!Routesetter
It was silent, and there was a loud explosion, the cosmos erupted in orange plasma—giving birth to the Zaaa!!! It has been noted in the Magna Carta of a legendary climber, and it was he, Travis.
Travis learned to climb in Yosemite 8 years ago and has been a full time setter for 6 years. He has gone from working at Vertical Hold in San Diego, to Metalmark in Fresno, to Stonegardens in Washington, to Asana in Indiana, and then finally to here, Touchstone Bay Area. Setting those hotboyz moves along the way, fighting a beast infection and a bad case of swoliosis.
Past setting aliases: T$, Tra$hBus, Scum, Gravy Train, Tpain, currently known as Zaaa!!!