Louie has been climbing for just about his entire life, enjoying everything from bouldering to big walls, and local rock to foreign destinations. Outdoors, his main passion is developing new routes and the amount of undeveloped local limestone was one of the main reasons behind his recent move to Ten Sleep, Wyoming. He has been involved in all aspects of the indoor climbing industry since the 1980’s and now makes his living through many pursuits in that world. Aside from the freelance duties he performs, he is also the owner of both Legacy Ascension, and a bouldering gym in southern California called the Factory Bouldering.
David Filkins created Element Climbing holds in 2008 with his own shapes as well as many other shapes from various freelance shapers. David sold the company in 2019.