Our Team

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Carlo Traversi - Founder and Owner

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: All the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, work with, and climb with in the process of building this wonderful facility.

What Climbing Means to Me: I’ve dedicated the last 16 years of my life to climbing and it has captured my mind and heart in so many ways. The climbing community is my global family. The cliffs, crags, boulders, and climbing gyms feel like home.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Work hard, be honest, and treat others with respect.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Yosemite, CA.


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Dave Wetmore - Director of Route Setting

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: The first time I saw the walls, I knew I had just walked into one of the best indoor bouldering facilities in the world.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing to me is like dark matter to the universe, it holds everything together.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Eat more cheese.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Mallorca for deep water solo, Grampians for sport, Rocklands for bouldering, and now my backyard, Yosemite, for trad. But anywhere in the world that is quiet and peaceful and in the company of good friends is where I like to climb.


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Sarah Lindner - Assistant General Manager

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: It would have to be at our first all-staff meeting. I think Cam was walking around capturing some video, and everyone was buzzing with excitement. The energy was great, and it became obvious to me the potential of our team.

What Climbing Means to Me: Bouldering has offered me focus, patience, challenge and community.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Have you tried using the lacrosse ball yet?

My Favorite Place to Climb: I haven't quite settled on an area yet. I have some more exploring to do!


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Jessica Bode - Director of Finance, Accounting, and HR

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Seeing all the details and planning coming together into a beautiful place that brings so much happiness to everyone involved.

What Climbing Means to Me: Helps keep my brain free of cobwebs!

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Try and fail, but never fail to try.

My Favorite Place to Climb: I'm not a climber, but I love hiking and backpacking, with Sequoia National Park, Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska and Yosemite being some of my top favorite spots.


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Mary Mecklenburg - Content Marketing Manager

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: The first day the gym opened to the public. Seeing the space filled with people climbing together, and having a good time, made me excited for the climbing community we were building.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing gives me the opportunity to challenge myself physically, and mentally. It also means a global community of climbing friends!

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Relax, breathe, focus.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Fontainebleau, France.


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Carmen Chen - Cafe Manager, Cafe Barista

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: When I sprained my knee on opening day climbing a green. As a beginner, it opened up my eyes to how much goes into climbing; I was excited to keep learning from experienced climbers and utilizing everything that this gym has to offer.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing to me means self-care and self-love. It allows me to challege myself mentally and physically while connecting with others.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Have fun and stretch!

My Favorite Place to Climb: Indoors: The Boulder Field. Outdoors: So far, it's been Horsetail Falls, South Lake Tahoe, CA.


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Rami Annab - Route Setter

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Mornings spent with setters and staff over a nice Temple coffee, thinking of route ideas.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing has always been a part of my life. Even as a kid, trees and door frames were my go to. It has become a huge part of who I’ve become.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: From Hannah Donnelly, eat more cookies, climb harder.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Anywhere with some good friends and nice weather. Also, sandstone’s a plus.


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Jimmy Webb - Route Setter

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Realizing I had such an incredible gym to train at so close to home.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing is who I am. It changed my life and helped make me the person I am today.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: If you’re gonna try, try hard.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Rocklands, South Africa.


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Owen Martin - Route Setter

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Coming soon.

What Climbing Means to Me: Coming soon.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Coming soon.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Coming soon.


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Shannon Joslin - Route Setter

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Seeing the blank walls slowly fill up with new, exciting and diverse problems. It’s always exciting to come into a blank gym and watch how alive it becomes with holds and humans.

What Climbing Means to Me: Simply, climbing means freedom and power. It has allowed me to connect with the earth and nature in a way that feels intensely intimate and overwhelming. I can't describe the amount of joy that comes from a day spent outside, away from people and cities, spent climbing to the top of a remote peak.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Squeeze your cheeks.

My Favorite Place to Climb: It is a toss up between Rocklands, South Africa, and Squamish, BC.


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Ashlyn Palmero - TBF Team Coach, Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: When Alex Honnold asked me for beta.

What Climbing Means to Me: It didn't take me long to realize climbing is not just a sport. It's taught me so much about myself and life while bringing me to incredible places and an amazing community.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Left foot, left hand, right foot, right hand.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Squamish, BC.


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Brandon Riel - Team TBF Coach, Cafe Barista, Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: When I climbed with my little sister for the first time, I helped her send a yellow problem on her second day of climbing. What made it even cooler was that it was a route that I set.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing has taught me how to tackle a challenge that looks impossible at first. It also helps me connect and interact with nature.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: It's not sending temps if you can feel your fingers.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Bishop, CA.


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Cade Sobon - Cafe Barista, Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Completing a yellow circuit was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had climbing indoors.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing is the first time I've ever had fun working out. It gives me an opportunity to stay fit while having a really fun time with friends.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: If you want to climb harder, you need to climb smarter.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Castle Rock, CA.


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Casey Hugg - Desk Associate, Youth Programs Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: When I came to the gym tour before we had opened. I had seen pictures and videos online so I had an idea of what it would be like. But coming in for the first time, it was so much bigger then I thought it would be.

What Climbing Means to Me: For me, climbing is about the community. I've always struggled to make friends, but the climbing community has given me a place where I feel like I fit in.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Look good, climb good.

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Boulder Field. I like the indoors.


Dylan Brown - Cafe Barista, Desk Associate, Youth Programs Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Walking in on opening day and just being blown away by how impressive the gym looked and, at the time, realizing it was only the first step of the gym’s potential.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing is an escape that allows me to just focus on myself and the route in front of me. All other stresses become blurred in that moment.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Just try harder.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Leavenworth, Washington. It has some amazing boulders and sport routes running right along the river.


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Georgia Russell - Desk Associate, Youth Programs Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: My first day. Learning about bouldering. Pushing my limits in a new way. Being open to seeing failing as a part of improving. Four hours later, I was hooked.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing is the one place I can turn my brain off and just be. It’s like active meditation.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: If it won’t matter to you in a day, a week, or a year, should you let it affect your time now?

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Boulder Field and Rocklands. Looking forward to going back to South Africa for a climbing trip.


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Jacob DeLaney - Cafe Barista, Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: My first day walking in to sit at the coffee bar. Everyone made me feel like I was already a part of the community and delighted for me to be there. Everyone was so nice and welcoming it felt like a great place to be!

What Climbing Means to Me: Connection. Climbing allows for me to be in deeper relationships with my friends and family members who climb.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Life is short, go do something.

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Boulder Field.


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Jessica Yick - Cafe Barista, Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: My first shift as a barista on opening day - just seeing people come in with excitement. Oh, and I introduced Mary Meck all day as "Emily"…

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing isn't just a physical exercise. It's also a mental exercise.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Go up.

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Boulder Field.


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Josh Lowy - Desk Associate (and first team member hired!)

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: No singular moment truly sticks out for me, but watching this gym change from a near empty warehouse with naked climbing walls into a thriving, stoked community has been an awesome journey.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing gives me perspective. I get to experience new places and cultures, and I can connect and empathize with others through climbing. I learn a lot about myself and the world from climbing.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: The best climbers are the ones who have the most fun.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Squamish, BC.


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Kyle Grewing - Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: My favorite memory at The Boulder Field was climbing during the employee climbing night before the gym had opened. It was awesome to have the gym to ourselves and be some of the first to touch the world-class problems.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing parallels every day life in many ways. The lessons I've learned during the climb process have helped me to become a better person.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Take recovery and body maintenance seriously.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Bishop, CA.


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Noah Chavez - Desk Associate, Youth Programs Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Judging the flash competition for Pros and seeing so many incredibly strong climbers all gathered in one place, flashing problems that would take me dozens of sessions to send. It really lit a fire under me to train harder and push myself to get stronger.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing provides me with endless opportunities to push myself mentally, physically, and creatively.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Try really hard.

My Favorite Place to Climb: I love climbing in Rainbow, Tahoe more than anybody, except maybe Josh Lowy.


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Toby Holland - Desk Associate

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: The first time I walked inside for my interview, and took in how above-and-beyond the gym exceeded my expectations.

What Climbing Means to Me: For me, climbing is the ultimate test of my physical and mental limits.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Fear regret more than failure.

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Boulder Field...I'm a gym climber.


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Travis York - Cafe Barista, Desk Associate, Youth Programs Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: As a new member, I remember bringing headphones to listen to my music while I climbed. Every few minutes, I would run into an old friend or someone I met at TBF the week before and take my headphones out to talk to them while we climbed. At the end of the day, I realized I hadn’t made it through a single song because of the incredible community at The Boulder Field.

What Climbing Means to Me: Climbing represents my next challenge. Regardless of how much I progress in my strength or technique, there will always be something new to learn and another obstacle to overcome.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Anything can be a dyno if you believe in yourself.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Other than The Boulder Field, Kraft Boulders in Red Rock is my favorite spot. The highball “The Cube” was my first and most memorable outdoor boulder.


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Savina Boyce - Yoga Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: My most memorable moment was teaching new friends of The Boulder Field. I went in with a plan but after reading the room, the plan went out the window. Although the class itself was small, the energy in the room was big. I could feel that we were all connected and having an experience. My energy was with the class. Every breath we took was in synch. We were in it together.

What Climbing/Yoga Means to Me: Climbing and yoga mean presence, patience and growth. They are what gets my mind and body connected.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Breathe.

My Favorite Place to Climb: I have really only done indoor climbing but out of all the other gyms, The Boulder Field's walls have my heart.


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Amanda VanWinkle - Yoga Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Admittedly, I don't have one particular time. Each day, each class, brings a new person and a new relationship through the door. My experiences have a genesis from the time the gym opened, but no two are alike.

What Climbing/Yoga Means to Me: For me, yoga is equilibrium; it's the ability to move through life balancing effort and effortlessness.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Growth never came from a place of comfort.

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Gunks, NY.


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Amy Selix - Yoga Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Teaching yoga to students who are willing and able to be vulnerable. Watching people face their fears and step into what is uncomfortable is inspiring.

What Climbing/Yoga Means to Me: Climbing, yoga and fitness all equate to complete and total freedom.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Existentialism; take full responsibility. Everything in your life comes from you, not at you. It's all perception; you choose your own meaning everyday.

My Favorite Place to Climb: The Boulder Field and Lake Tahoe.

 

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Xanthe Plescia - Yoga Instructor

My Most Memorable Moment at TBF: Teaching my very first class at The Boulder Field. Gratitude to the four brave souls that decided to take a chance on me — we had such a blast!

What Climbing/Yoga Means to Me: Yoga, climbing, or any other physical activity gives my mind a break and allows me to be fully present in the moment. It brings me peace and keeps me sane.

Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Whatever you think you are missing is a lie.

My Favorite Place to Climb: Obviously the Boulder Field and Oahu, HI (but careful on the lava rock, it’s sharp!)