Carlsbad, Murrieta & Oceanside Crew


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Luis Falero
General Manager

I have been climbing since 2009 and I've been working and routesetting at VITAL since VITAL MURR was born in 2011.  Some of the things that make me happiest are RC cars and copters, new holds, and being underwater.

Christian Celestino
Community Manager

I enjoy taking photos of my climbing adventures, which you can check out at I especially love eating food, with an emphasis on chocolate chip cookies.


Adam Mashouri
Carlsbad/Oceanside Team Coach & Crew Member
I have been a member with VITAL since Carlsbad opened up in October 2010. As a youth coach, I have taken youth kids to ABS (American Boulder Series) youth nationals, as well as developed their outdoor climbing strengths to v10 bouldering and 5.13 rope climbing. You can find me out and about at the world class boulders/crags of Mt. San Jacinto and East Side Sierras. Come say hi!

Atrej Mak
Assistant Head Setter & Crew Member

My climbing addiction started 4 years ago at VITAL. Interesting fact: I was born in Germany. Also, I'm graduating with a degree in Physics this year!




Emiko Mizushima
Crew Member

I began climbing in 2004 and, even though I don't climb nearly as often anymore, I still love being around the climbing world and treasure my spot as a member of the VITAL family. Besides working at VITAL, I am an optometrist assistant and have also recently returned to school with the aim of working in special education. My dog and adventure companion, Beaker Bunsen Billingsley, usually accompanies me at VITAL and we welcome you to come make friends with us if you see us at the gym! (:

Dylan Oakley
Murrieta Team Coach & Crew Member

I started climbing here at VITAL Murrieta and I've loved it ever since. My two other most frequented hobby's are hiking and playing video games! I'm at the gym often so feel free to come say hello. I love meeting new people!


Susana Main
Crew Member
I became addicted to the VITAL community and climbing in 2012 after an ACL injury. Other than climbing, I love snowboarding, dirt biking, cheerleading, gymnastics, personal development, reading, being active, trying new things, making new friends, eating Cali burritos, and getting food coma from all-you-can-eat sushi. Also, I have a furbaby named Bubba. 😁

Jesse Unitt
Crew Member

22 years old. Born in Georgia started climbing in the south at a young age with my dad than moved to Colorado! Didn't get serious about climbing until I moved to Cali when i was about 18. Climbing is my passion and I continue to climb almost everyday. Favorite spots for bouldering are Bishop and Joe's valley, Utah. I also love gardening, camping and being out in nature as much as possible.


Stephanie Omelich
Crew Member

I am passionately curious about the world around me, which led me to VITAL last year. It quickly became my second home, housing my second family. The rest is history. As far as climbing goes, I'm a professional.. on an amateur level. My other hobbies include: finding new things to get into, practicing yoga, hiking, drawing, crafting jewelry, studying at CSUSM, making puns, convincing my cat to hang out with me, eating copious amounts of sandwiches, and trying to summarize.
Always learning. Always growing. No bad days.

Sam Palacios
Crew Member & Setter

Ayoo, call me Sam, Samuel, or Sammytown if that's what you're tryna do. I'm just some guy that's into climbing, drawing, and having a nice beer from time to time. Most of my free time is spent studying and "training". Feel free to give me a high-five!

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Lauren Harvey
Crew Member

Friends call me Lo, but I also respond to "Hey you" and "Excuse me." I've always loved climbing trees, but I discovered in late 2015, I also enjoy climbing rocks. If you see me at the gym, give me a high-five!


Parker Young
Crew Member

I climb, slackline, surf, skate, tend the soil, and when I'm not doing those things, I am reading. I strive to push my comfort zone with big waves, exposed rocks, and long trails. I am also currently studying Nutrition. I eat too many vegetables and drink my fair share of coffee. 


Maiya Michael
Crew Member
I have been climbing since 2012. Got really hooked on climbing after moving out to Fresno for a year in a half and experiencing Yosemite and all of its might for the first time, not to mention the Sierra Nevada mountains and all of their glory. There really is nothing better than going out with my husband Matt, my dog Freyja, and myself climbing all day out in pristine beauty. Other than climbing I am an aspiring artist, a nature enthusiast, an animal lover, and a travel junkie. Currently going to school for my masters in Studio Art so I may one day have the sick job of being an Art Professor and having much needed free time for climbing, friends, and family! 

Christine Miciano
Crew Member

I've been a part of the climbing community for 3 years and I love every bit of it! Besides climbing, I truly enjoy Netflix binging, being a foodie and craft beer connoisseur. Say 'Hi' when you see me, I'll be givin' you a huge smile and massive wave hi!!


Don Casey
Crew Member

Hi my name is Don Casey,  I have been climbing for almost a year.  I grew up in Del Mar and I enjoy hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities as well as all different kinds of sports.

Nicole MacRae
Crew Member

I first started climbing three years ago at VITAL and fell in love right away, and I have been addicted to bouldering ever since. I love to go hiking and camping, pretty much anything outdoors! I am currently going to school to be an elementary school teacher. If I’m not climbing or at school, I’m probably sleeping, watching Netflix, eating popcorn, hiking, or at the beach!   


Gabriel Seemann
Crew Member

I started climbing in spring of 2015. When I'm not at Vital you can find me at  local San Diego craigs. If you want to go outdoor climbing let me know, and I'd be happy to take you out and show you the ropes. 


Bellingham Crew


Kaili Koo
General Manager


Justin Plant
Head Setter

I am a rock climber, amateur woodworker, fearful mountain biker, and owner of the cutest dog at VITAL.


Chris Marsaglia
Assistant Manager

I'm a transplant from Oregon (Yes, I root for the Timbers). My sister got all the smarts and excels at the conventional sports, but I'm "pretty alright" at the unconventional ones: so I climb. I love the beautiful community of weirdos that climbing has introduced me to. I love trivia and pizza.

Ryan Wapnowski
Head Coach / Setter

In my life so far, I've been in four incredible bands (funk, hip hop, jazz, hardcore), I've climbed all over the world (India, Nepal, New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain), and I've been inspired by a great many other passions (Art, Surfing, Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Cooking).


Kylie Esselstrom
Crew Member

I grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I am currently working on my B.S. degree in Geology. Besides climbing and studying rocks, I love a good dad joke and cooking meals with friends. My biggest pet peeve is when people call SUVs trucks.


Tucker Samuelson
Crew Member / Setter

I grew up in boulder Colorado where I started climbing at the age of 11. I competed all through high school in bouldering and sport climbing. I moved out here 3 years ago for school but found a new home in the process.


Art Lim

I am a husband, dad, and firefighter. When I'm not chasing my kids around I also like to climb rocks! I love to travel and explore new places with my family. Can't wait to go on our next adventure!


Jocelyn Wensloff
Crew Member

I'm a native Californian turned Washingtonian. I started climbing when I was lifeguarding in Yosemite. In addition to climbing, I enjoy boogie boarding, netflixing, field work, and petting dogs (there are always puppies running around at VITAL).  I'm studying Environmental Science at WWU. I hate mushrooms, celery, soggy socks, and titrations.  


Logan Fletcher
Crew Member

I always thought that rock climbing was some unattainable ethereal feat only suitable for the strong and fearless.  After moving to Bellingham some new friends showed me just how accessible climbing was and the rest was history.  Now I'm in love with rock climbing and the people and community wrapped up with it. 

Isabelle Fisk
Crew Member

I grew up in New Jersey where, yes, I've met some of the cast members from Jersey Shore. I started climbing my freshman year at Western and I quickly became (heel) hooked! There are a few other things you should know about me: besides climbing, I love skiing, bicycling, drawing, furniture, math, and my sweet baby cat. 


Mel Vautaux
Crew Member

Bham born and bred, I love exploring our beautiful backyard. I have been backpacking and climbing since the age of 6 and am always hunting for new trails to explore. I also love to road bike, slackline, lounge in alpine lakes, and am getting stoked on mountain biking. Always down for a mountain top dance party. I advocate for lots of snacking.

Celina Meza
Assistant Coach

I've been trying to get on top of boulders (and getting the bejesus scared out of me along the way) since my first trip to Squamish in 2011. While climbing is a huge slice in the pie of my heart, I also love photography, yoga, and watching Star Trek with my husband and pup.