Staff
growing,
shaping
& inspiring

Our team has over 30 years of experience growing, shaping and inspiring the climbing industry. From owning and operating climbing gyms, to producing climbing holds, establishing and organizing a national competition series and bringing international bouldering competitions to Canada, our team knows climbing.

Dustin Curtis
Dustin Curtis

Head Setter

With his unique experience as a 5-time Canadian National team member and World Cup Route Setter, Dustin knows how to bring out the very best in every climber.

A pillar in the Route Setting community, Dustin has been honing his craft as Head Setter in elite level facilities across the country for over a decade. His passion for crafting quality blocs has also led him to be awarded the position of Chief Setter for multiple Canadian National Bouldering Championships.

Dustin’s understanding of the intricacies of bouldering movement and his approach to setting presents unique challenges for climbers of all levels and we’re thrilled to have him join our team.

Adam Tataryn
Adam Tataryn

Youth Program Director

Adam Tataryn aka The Beard has been an active member of the Ontario climbing scene for over a decade as a competitor, setter, and coach.

He is one of the top route setters in eastern Canada having set at Provincial Championships in Ontario and Quebec as well as consistently placing at the top of the annual Master Setter Championship. Adam’s setting and coaching experience will prove invaluable as he will be leading both our Rec and Competitive Youth Programs.

Luigi Montilla
Luigi Montilla

Co-Founder

Luigi Montilla has been introducing people to climbing since 1997. His passion for the sport inspired him to launch Canada’s favourite competition series, the Tour de Bloc. The Tour de Bloc has grown over the past 13 seasons hosting thousands of competitors across the country and over 200 competitions since 2003.

Montilla is also owner of Friction Climbing Holds, Canada’s leading climbing hold manufacturer. Luigi’s love for the sport doesn’t stop there, he’s also head of Bouldering Canada, the organizing committee for the Canadian stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s competitive circuit. Co-founding Up The Bloc was a natural step in Luigi’s extensive career in delivering great climbing experiences to climbers of all levels.

If you’re interested in joining our team, send your resume to climb@upthebloc.com.