We've got exciting news about our next competition series! As the Touchstone Climbing Gym family keeps expanding, our competition series is growing right along with us! We're psyched to announce the creation of TCS, the Touchstone Climbing Series, which will kick off in 2014.
For those of you familiar with our bouldering and roped competitions, TCS is the holy consummation of TBS and TRS. With 9 gyms and such a dedicated climbing population, we've combined the two comps and created a schedule that will run annually, visiting each Touchstone location and rotating between a ropes competition and a bouldering competition. One comp to rule them all!
The 2014 TCS comp schedule is as follows:
Here are some commonly asked questions regarding the new comp scheudle.
Q: Does this mean there are less competitions?
A: No! Creating TCS doesn't mean we will have less competitions, that's the beauty of it. Instead, we'll be able to involve more people since some of our members only boulder, or only rope climb. No more waiting.
Q: Are the competitions still free to members?
A: Yes! Comps will always be free for our members, because you are awesome and we love you. Plus, guests are only $10. It's the cheapest way into the gym.
Q: How will this affect routesetting?
A: In a good way! By organizing the comp series by annually, we'll be able to keep our routesetting team on top of all 9 gyms, bringing you more new climbs more often.
Q: Do we still get free t-shirts, booze, pizza, and tons of new climbing?
A: Le duh.
Q: Will there be on-sight finals?
A: Yes, there will be a bouldering finale AND a rope finale. 2014 is going to be a very big year. On-sight finals will go down at Dogpatch Boulders and Mission Cliffs for the over-all bouldering and rope leaders.
Q: Do I really have to wait until 2014 for the next competition at Touchstone?!
A: No way. We wouldn't deprive you of the heart-pumping adrenaline rush that is a Touchstone Comp. There will be other events this year to keep your fingers strong and your livers in shape. There will be a Grand Opening competition at LA.B, our newest bouldering gym in Los Angeles. The gym is set to open in late 2013, and we'll be sure to kick it off right to show LA how we party -er, um, climb. Also, the Mission Cliffs expansion will be completed in early 2014, so we'll be sure to have a grand re-opening party. And if that wasn't enough, stay tuned for events at all our gyms this fall. We've got some awesome events planned for you guys.
We can't wait to kick off the new comp series - and we hope you're as psyched as we are!