Staff and Route Setters 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's your history with The Front? I started climbing at The Front right away when I moved to Salt Lake in April of 2011. I set here for months, then did graphic design for months then took a front desk position and then was promoted to Manager a few months later. I am hoping to buy the Front from Dustin in 2015. Just kidding.
Where is your home town? I grew up in the Bay Area and then lived in Bishop, CA for 7 years. I left part of my heart there in the Sierra.
Climbing since? 1998.
What got you into climbing? I took a summer camp at Sunrise Mountain Sports in Livermore, CA when I was 11, my soon to be best friends family owned the gym and her and I climbed all the time throughout high school.
What inspires you to climb? Being outside, having a reason to travel and staying fit.
Where is you favorite climbing area? The Needles in California, Yosemite, and Red Rocks are up there on my list.
What do you do to train for climbing? Barbell training and running, though neither really help with climbing, they just keep me durable.
What's your dream climbing trip? Greenland again, Baffin Island, Ruth Gorge would be real.
Other interests? Skiing.
Favorite quote? "Do not be too moral, you might cheat yourself out of much life. Aim high above morality, be not simply good, be good for something" ~Thoreau
Nathan Williamson - Assistant Manager
What's your history with The Front? Each time I came into salt lake I stopped into The Front and climbed.
Where is your home town? I grew up in SLC but, I have lived all over the place. Definitely happy to be back home.
Climbing since? I have been climbing on and off my whole life, but for the past 6 years I have dedicated my life to climbing, and establishing new problems, and ridiculously hard routes.
What got you into climbing? Escaping from the city, and meeting fellow climbers from all over the world.
What inspires you to climb? I love finding very, very, hard problems and routes that no one has finished, and finishing them! I also feel very privileged to be sponsored by a company named Mercy for Animals, knowing what I do as an athlete for them helps by being a strong voice for the voiceless keeps me very motivated as a climber, and inspired to always be out there meeting climbers and being deeply involved in this amazing community.
Where is your home town? Bountiful, UT
Climbing since? 2002
What inspires you to climb? Traveling
What do you do to train for climbing? Climb, and the John Stack Workout
What's your dream climbing trip? El Portrero Chico
Any thing else going on? Good conversation; surfing
What's your history with The Front? Drove to Salt Lake City December of 2012 , interviewed at the Front the day after arriving and the rest is history.
Where is your home town? Hughesville, Pennsylvania
Climbing since? 2005!
What got you into climbing? I spent a lot of time as a child climbing trees and making my parents nervous. Climbing rocks and going on adventures just seemed like the next step.
What inspires you to climb? Being in the moment and only having to worry about the 6 or 7 feet surrounding me at a time. New places, campfires, living out of a tent, climbing with close friends, adventure and the stories which fabricate from them.
Where is you favorite climbing area? New River Gorge, WV and all that surrounds it.
What do you do to train for climbing? Chop Firewood, Chase Chickens, Climb at The Front.
What your favorite climbing fuel? Steak, eggs, homefries
What's your dream climbing trip? Just having the freedom to take time off and travel from place to place with nothing to do but climb, see new places and meet new people sounds perfect.
Other interests? Fly Fishing, Tele-mark Skiing, and Playing guitar.
Favorite quote? 'A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it' -Arnold Gingrich
What's your history with The Front? It was my first experience with climbing and I fell in Love with it right away. I enjoyed how it was something that I could do by myself and build inner self confidence. It assisted me in overcoming fear and trusting myself. I started attending the Yoga and was grateful they offered it. As I progressed I wanted to get better faster, so I took climbing 101 and it took my practice to a new level.
Where is your home town? I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley
Climbing since? 2010
What got you into climbing? My best friend :D
What inspires you to climb? Conquering Fear and self confidence
Where is you favorite climbing area? Big cottonwood
What do you do to train for climbing? Yoga, Climbing, Biking, Hiking, Gym Climbing
What your favorite climbing fuel? KALE smoothies
Sarah Jane Burkholz
What's your history with The Front? Sarah Jane has been a dedicated student of Ashtanga Yoga since 1998. She is grateful to have studied intensively with Jeff Silverstein in Salt Lake and many of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ students including Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and Rolf Naujokat, Ken the Rolfer,Devorah Sacks, Chad Herst, Vance Selover, and Caroline Klebl. She is honored to be able to pass on the rich traditions she has learned from her teachers and her personal practice. She practices 6 days a week with various members of her SLC Ashtangi family and teaches Mysore style Ashtanga and the Primary, intro to Intermediate and short forms of Ashtanga Yoga.
Accreditation's and workshops: 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certificate from Ashtanga Teacher Training with Caroline Klebl in Kerala, India, 2009 20 hour Intensive Ayurveda Study with Dr.Jayalekshmi in Kerala, India, 2009 200 hour Ashtanga Teacher’s Intensive from Richard Freeman’s Ashtanga Teacher’s Intensive including 4 hour hands on anatomy lab in Boulder Colorado, 2012 with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor Weeklong Yoga Intensive: Buddha and the Yogis: the Vajra Body 2011 Workshop in Phoenicia, New York with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, John Campbell and Robert Thurman (professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University Month long Sanskrit Study with Marcia Solomon through Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, 2012 Week long Intermediate Series and Pranayama study with R. Sharath Jois and R. Saraswathi Jois, April 2013
Curt Foote - Action Hero
What's your history with The Front? Derek adopted me to ward off the loneliness.
Climbing since? Since I was rescued.
Where is you favorite climbing area? Anywhere with long open fields to play fetch in.
What's your dream climbing trip? Anywhere that we stay for more than 2 hours.
Other interests? Sniffing butts, staring at Derek, barking at Annie while shes trying to work.
Favorite quote? "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man." -- Mark Twain
Any thing else going on? Will you throw me the ball? Please?
Rumsy Buckthal - Official Greeter
What's your history with The Front? I came with the owner. Been here since day-one. My job is to keep an eye on things, and add some dog class to the place.
Where is your home town? Ashland, OR ... home of the Ashland hippies.
What inspires you to climb? Keeping up with my master.
What do you do to train for climbing? Sleep. Long walk in the hills.
What's your dream climbing trip? Anywhere my master goes... just take me.
Other interests? Chilly Dog
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