Here are our department heads. If you’re looking who to contact, you’ve come to the right place. Even though we’ve grown over the years we are still a small company, a few of us wear multiple hats or you may need to reach out to more than one person. Whatever your inquiry may be, let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to help.
Interested in joining our team? We always accept applications. Fill out our application and bring it in with an attached resume. Stone Age Employment Application
Positions: Founder, Owner, President
Bryan started climbing in 1984 in the southeast while attending school at Clemson University in SC. He developed his skills on the traditional granite cracks and faces of NC and was even known to miss a Clemson Tiger home football game in favor of a weekend at Looking Glass during those early years. He likes all forms of climbing but does more sport climbing these days due to limited time and convenience. Bryan is the NM regional coordinator for the Access Fund and President of the NM Climbers' Resource and Advocacy Group (NMCRAG). His favorite areas include The Sandia's, Palomas, Enchanted Tower, Mt. Lemmon, Yosemite, and Kalymnos, Greece. He has climbed up to 5.12 traditional and sport routes and climbed alpine routes over 21,000 feet in South America. Bryan is certified in First Aid/CPR and is an American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) certified Provider.
Positions: Facilities Manager, Head Route Setter, Head Coach
Lance is Stone Age’s “original employee” and has been involved with the gym since its creation. Together with Bryan Pletta and Cristina Radu, Lance turned a paper-model idea into New Mexico’s premier climbing gym. Long before the inception of Stone Age, Lance was busy establishing new climbing areas in Colorado and New Mexico. Still in search of the perfect line, Lance actively climbs, competes and visits new crags with every chance he gets. When he’s not hanging off a cliff, scaling a ladder, or coaching talented climbers of all ages, Lance can be found pounding the pavement on his road bike or chasing after his two daughters Nyah and Misha on Rocky Mountain adventures. Lance is certified in First Aid and CPR and is an AMGA CWI certified Provider.
Positions: General Manager
Matt worked at Stone Age in the original location on Yale Blvd. He then worked in Alamosa, CO for a few years running a multi-location thrift store and coffee house, coached the Adams State University college climbing team, and was on the board for the city of Alamosa. We are happy to have him back running the show here at Stone Age on Cutler Ave. Matt runs the day-to-day operations at the gym making sure all things are running smoothly with staffing and customer satisfaction. You can find Matt with his dog, Astro, hiking the trails of the foothills or hitting up a local crag. He is also AMGA CWI certified and has his master's degree in business.
Positions: Marketing & Graphics
Maggie started working at the original Stone Age in 2010. Beginning with her expertise in kid wrangling, Maggie made her way through the gym’s multitude of jobs from maintenance to event coordinating. Now, working in a managerial role, she brings an elegant flare in the world of rock climbing. Her favorite places to climb are Hueco Tanks, El Rito, and Boulder Canyon. When not climbing on plastic or rock, you can find Maggie doing a few of her other passions; watching movies and world traveling. Maggie is a Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, certified in Wilderness First Aid, and has an MFA degree in Media Design.
Positions: Retail Manager
Kenton Puckett was born and raised in the southeast corner of NM and moved to Albuquerque in the fall of 2003 to attend UNM. His introduction to climbing did not occur until the spring of 2008, but once it happened it was a match made....well somewhere in the desert. Since that time he has climbed as often as he can. Kenton avoids limiting himself to any one style of climbing. He boulders, climbs sport routes, and does traditional climbing as well. Some of his favorite places to climb near Albuquerque are the Sandias, Palomas Peak, Box Canyon, Diablo Canyon, and anywhere in the Jemez. Two all time favorites are Hueco Tanks, TX and Indian Creek, UT. Aside from climbing rocks, Kenton enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, backpacking, mountaineering, playing guitar and banjo, spending time with his wife and dog, and being silly during all of his conscious hours. He has a B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico and is also an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Kenton is a certified Wilderness EMT and AMGA CWI and SPI.
Positions: Team Mojo Coach Head Coach & Graphics
Aaron has been training competitive youth climbers since the dawn of time, and has been a freelance Graphic Designer since the Stone Age. He has been climbing since he was born (the kitchen counter and trees were his first ascents). Currently, he doesn’t have any favorite routes, just favorite experiences such as climbing with his brother in Hueco, or Dad in Datil. When not route setting or coaching, you can find Aaron hanging with his wife and two children who bark & wag their tails, skateboarding, snowboarding, or painting. Aaron is an certified by the AMGA as a CWI and Single Pitch Instructor (SPI).
Positions: Team Mojo Manager
Erin started working at Stone Age when she was barely making her way out of High School. But don’t let her young age fool you, she has impressed us with her mature nature and amazing attitude enough to promote her to our membership coordinator. While you might get a phone call from her if your credit card didn’t go through, you will also see her instructing our competitive climbing team and helping out our front desk staff as a shift leader. Erin gravitates towards sport climbing but can crush down on some techy boulder problems when she wants to. Erin is an AMGA certified CWI.
Positions: Event Coordinator and Billing Manager
Kinsey comes to us from the land of the long horns (TX). With his previous experience in the industry at Motavation Volumes and various Texas climbing gyms, he already had a strong hold in the climbing world. You can find Kinsey climbing in the Las Conchas areas, Roy Canyon, and traveling around Texas and Colorado seeking the next sweet line. At Stone Age, you'll find him setting some classic boulder problem and routes. Kinsey always has a smile on his face and is eager to help you out with whatever it is.
Positions: Youth Program Coordinator
Alyssa has much experience with kiddos and outdoor activities. While being a camp counselor at Ghost Ranch, she has learned many tricks of the trade on how to whip some behaviors back into shape. Alyssa loves to be outside: hike, camp, backpack. She loves to adventure and play outside and rain and snow. Alyssa wants to be a teacher, so she grabs any opportunity to teach, even if that subject is rock climbing. Alyssa is an AMGA certified CWI.
Positions: Maintenance Coordinator
Clark is a winter lover at heart. With his other passion in snowboarding, we sometimes lose him to the Santa Fe Ski Area so he can instruct youngsters how to snowboard. But in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, we get him all to ourselves. And thank goodness because we need his kid wrangling skills in our summer camps and youth programs. His favorite climb is Cactus Heaven.