Staff and Route Setter Profiles
The Front is proud to have a talented, diverse, and knowledgeable staff. Look below to find the answers to all of those juicy questions you've always wanted to ask but were too shy.
Our routes are as unique and diverse as the people who set them. Check out the staff stats to gain a deeper insight into your bouldering experience at The Front. Setters' initials are labeled on the tape next to the starting hold of each problem.
Annie Trujillo - Gym Manager
What is your history with The Front Climbing Club? And what do you do now? I moved to Salt Lake in the Spring on 2011 and have basically worked here ever since, as a route setter, graphic designer and front desk staff. I have now been managing the gym since the winter of 2012/13.
Where's your home town? I grew up in the Bay Area and lived in Bishop, Ca for 6 years before moving to Salt Lake.
What got you into climbing? I took a summer camp when I was 11 and haven't stopped climbing since.
Where is your favorite climbing area? Yosemite, Needles, Ca, Indian Creek, and the Sierra Nevada.
Where is your dream climbing trip? Squamish, Baffin Island, Cirque of the Unclimbables to name a few.
Turn Ons? Tidy rope management, dialed avalanche decision making skills, an IRA, and The Psyche.
Turn Offs? Thinking about, shopping for, cooking, and having to eat food. Spraying, whole foods, consumerism, and the inversion.
Elliot Layda - Photographer
What is your history with The Front Climbing Club? And what do you do now? I started climbing at the Front in July (when I moved to Utah). It's where most of my friends climb and it's been my go-to spot whenever I'm unable to climb outside.
Where's your home town? Originally, I'm from Nashville TN but I spent the last 10+ years living and working in Chicago IL.
What got you into climbing? I guess my brother got me into climbing at first. We thought we were pretty bad-ass toping roping 5.9 in front of our girlfriends at the time.
Where is your favorite climbing area? Right now I'm pretty psyched on Echo Canyon but I also love climbing in American Fork (just because it's so pretty up there).
Where is your dream climbing trip? I guess I'd like to climb overseas somewhere... Maybe sport climbing in Thailand or bouldering in South Africa. It'd be cool to see more of the wold with good friends, of course.
Turn Ons? Apart from climbing I also enjoy making art and taking pictures. I also used to really enjoy reading and discussing philosophy (until grad school, which left me feeling totally inadequate).
Ciri Turk - Front Desk Staff
What is your history with The Front Climbing Club? And what do you do now? -I had climbed at the front a couple times back in 2012 when I lived in SLC the first time around and then most recently started coming regularly back in the beginning of December. It has quickly become one of my favorite climbing gyms I've attended thanks to the awesome atmosphere.
Where's your home town? My home town is technically Newport, a small town on the coast of Oregon, but I claim Bend, Oregon because I love that place.
What got you into climbing? I got into climbing through friends when I moved to Bend. They took me to Smith Rock in Terrebonne, OR and I was immediately hooked the first day out.
Where is your favorite climbing area? Smith Rock has got to be my number 1 since its where it all began and really suits my style of climbing, but otherwise I have really enjoyed Red Rocks, Indian Creek and the Limestone areas in St. George
Where is your dream climbing trip? My dream climbing trip would be to go to Australia. It looks beautiful there and the rock looks awesome.
Turn Ons? I really enjoy trail running actually, especially in the early mornings. Hiking as well and as of this summer my brother has taken me fishing and its pretty sweet. As far as non outdoor interests I'm very into art, such as painting and drawing. Also I am a huge bookworm. It’s very rare if I'm not currently reading a something.
Cam Doane - Front Desk Staff
What is your history with The Front Climbing Club? And what do you do now? When I was a freshman in college I was awarded a scholarship in memory of Zach Ruble. He was a student on the outdoor leadership floor and his parents wanted to continue on his legacy after he passed away. I was awarded a year long membership in his memory. After that I thought I would continue my membership but I ended up getting into outdoor climbing, aside from skiing a lot and did not return to the gym life until recently.
Where's your home town? Manchester, Massachusetts
What got you into climbing? I climbed a handful of times in high school, but I would say year 18 in my life was when the fun began.
Where is your favorite climbing area? Lone Peak. For anyone that has been there, you know.
Where is your dream climbing trip? As cool as it would be to do a bunch of badass huge mountains, which I still think about, I’m have a calling to the constant travel. If I had the ideal climbing trip I would be exploring the United States for a few months as I travelled from crag to crag, catching a few mountains in the process. I could camp and/or live out of a truck/van. The people to experience and the locations would be the most fulfilling part, aside from all the climbing. But I would want a friend along for the ride. Not just a belay partner, but someone to be able to enjoy the travels as well as joke about the people we know back home.
Turn Ons? Creating food for athletes, dehydrating meals for camping, skiing, lacrosse
Aja Martin - Front Desk Staff
What is your history with The Front Climbing Club? And what do you do now? I started at the front to continue to climb during the winter and to stay strong.
Where's your home town? I’m from sugar house, Utah.
What got you into climbing? I have always wanted to climb and finally had the opportunity to learn from my buddy, who has taught me everything I know about outdoor climbing.
Where is your favorite climbing area? I enjoy climbing Maple Canyon.
Where is your dream climbing trip? Dream climbing place would have to be Spain.
Turn Ons? I highline, backpack, ski, bike, raft, and kayak.
Maxime Dore - Front Desk Staff
What is your history with The Front Climbing Club? And what do you do now? 4 years ago I was passing through SLC and a local buddy brought me to T"he Front to for a little climbing session; a very different gym back then! 4 years later, I found myself looking for employment in climbing gyms on the west coast and it so happens that The Front was hiring! A week later I was training with Nathan.
Where's your home town? Where's your home town? I was born and raised in France in a town called "Auxerre" which is an hour or two south east of Paris.
What got you into climbing? Early 2011, my cousin and I were talking about about getting into mountain climbing and rock climbing on the Paris metro as we saw a picture of Mt. Blanc: the highest peak in Europe. We knew that that was it! But we wanted a challenge... So we decided: bottom to top to bottom under a day with no guide. We set the date the day before my brother's wedding. After a whole lot of training and 19 hours later with close calls on Mt. Blanc, we were kings! Oh yeah, and I was blind for 3 days (didn't SEE my brother's wedding) because my glasses broke at the beginning of the climb because of big rock falls... What inspires you to climb? I wouldn't say I'm "inspired"... For me it's pure, simple, and almost meditating. I really like to free solo because i'm in another realm where nothing matters and I'm not being watched or being judged.. I don't really like the competitive aspect of sports and the fame and climbing is different in that way; everyone encourages each other. I mean I get a smile on my face when a beginner get's his first yellow or blue because it was just as difficult for him as for me to get a red. Where is your favorite climbing area? I've traveled the world and climbed almost everywhere; there are too many spots... Actually, I would have to say Tonsai in Thailand because right after your climb you can get a massage for 5 dollars on the beach and drink from a coconut while watching the sun set with your girlfriend (and getting robbed by monkeys - actually happened!)
Where is your dream climbing trip? > Haven't done China... Too many spots > to name! I'm sure there are awesome untouched walls in North-Korea too! But... No thanks.
Turn Ons? Diving, paragliding (although that's in hold for a little bit because it almost just got me killed!), learning Japanese, Buddhist-like philosophy and MUSIC!!!
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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA