Emmanuel Lacoste, Eman to most, was 13 years old and hiking in Pinnacles National Monument the first time he saw rock climbers. A month later he did his first route at Goat Rock State Park on the California Coast and has not stopped climbing since. Emmanuel moved to South East Asia in 2000 and started developing new crags in Okinawa, China, Hong Kong, and now Indonesia. As an International school teacher, Emmanuel has both a rewarding career and plenty of time off to climb. Emmanuel is supported by Black Diamond Asia and Arc'teryx. He normally spends his summer climbing other people’s routes in the United States.