Ethan PringleTouchstone Climbing Athlete
Born and raised in the Mission district of San Francisco, I was introduced to the wonders of nature before I could walk. I first set foot in Mission Cliffs at age eight. Mission cliffs was and still is one of the premier climbing gyms in the country and happens to be only Four blocks from my home. At the gym I met some amazing people who had a profound effect on me and I was very lucky to meet climbers willing to take a snotty but enthusiastic little kid on outdoor climbing trips to places like Pinnacles, Mickey’s Beach, Bishop, Owens River Gorge, Red Rocks, and Mt. Charleston. Those people I am forever indebted to. Since climbing is still such a small community, as a youngster I had the opportunity to climb and become friends with people who inspired me people who I read about in magazines and were my heroes at one time like François Le Grand, Jason Campbell, Liv Sansoz and Chris Sharma. At twelve I began to compete. Since then I have been on the U.S. climbing team every year, placing top three in almost every comp I’ve entered, and winning a few national and international level competitions.
Joe KinderTouchstone Climbing Athlete
Joe Kinder’s first climbing experience was in Estes Park, Colorado on a family vacation when he was 13. It wasn’t until two years later, while living in New Hampshire, that Joe became fully overtaken by the sport of rock climbing. Known for his outrageous personality and infinite psyche, Joe is walking motivation. He eats, sleeps and breathes climbing and stays true to his personal slogan “ALWAYS PSYCHED!!!”.
After graduating college at the Maine College Of Art he became a professional athlete by age 20. Joe’s personal philosophies stem from experiences, friendship and travel throughout his life as a climber.
The approach or “One life to live” is how he lives day-to-day and it shows in his positivity, which is infectious. Whether reaching out to people through his well-read, popular blog, or meeting climbers in person at crags around the globe, he is able to share his genuine passion for this sport in an amazing, unforgettable way. No one forgets meeting Joe.
Nick BradleyTouchstone Climbing Athlete
Nick was born in 1997 in the quiet city of Livermore where he was eventually introduced to climbing at the local gym. He immediately threw himself into competitions. Since then, Nick has made podium at SCS Youth Nationals for the past 5 years, including two 1st place finishes, and has competed internationally in Austria and Canada. Outside, his proudest achievements are on-sighting Whole Shot 5.13d in Maple Canyon, redpointing a couple 14a’s including Omaha Beach in the Red River Gorge, and bouldering v12, such as Maze of Death in Bishop. Nick now competes for Team Touchstone, our competitive Youth Climbing Team. Other than climbing, he enjoys running as cross-training, and a bit of photography.