The Touchstone Bouldering Series Comps kick off this Friday evening at Berkeley Ironworks. In their 8th year, the TBS comps are some of the best climbing competitions in the United States. With free food, free beer sponsored by local breweries, and tons of awesome climbing, these comps offer an amazing chance to have fun with the climbing community in your area.
Never been to a Touchstone Bouldering Competition? Check out this hilarious video where GWPC staffer Andrew Jackson walks us through a day in the life of a Bouldering Competition. We dare you to watch this without cracking up.
The climbing comps will roll through each of the Touchstone gyms. Below is a schedule of the upcoming comps. For further information check out our comp page.
Friday, November 9th, 2012 • Ironworks in Berkeley • 5pm-10pm
Friday, December 7th, 2012 • The Studio in San Jose • 5pm-10pm
Saturday, January 26th, 2013 • Metalmark in Fresno • 12pm-5pm
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 • Sacramento Pipeworks • 5pm-10pm
Friday, March 15th, 2013 • Concord Diablo Rock Gym • 5pm-10pm
Friday, April 19th, 2013 • Oakland Great Western Power Co • 5pm-10pm
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 • FINALE at Dogpatch Boulders! 12pm-5pm
Recently, Touchstone released the logo for their newest climbing gym designed by Mark Fox. Dogpatch is Fox's fourth identity he has created for Touchstone. Fox designed the logos for the Studio, Metal Mark and the former Class 5. Fox took some time to talk about the designs he has done with Touchstone.
Read more: Dogpatch Logo
The fall weather arrived. Perfect cool days with beautiful leaves on the ground make for great climbing days and amazing experiences. An important part of being a climber is being a steward of places we get to climb. The gorgeous crags can be overrun with litter and debris if we neglect to take care of them. The Access Fund made a funny little video about litter. Next time you head to Indian Rock, Yosemite, or Castle Rock make sure to pick up after yourself. Grab those little pieces of tape, the bar wrappers, and any extra trash. Keep climbing areas beautiful.
On September 12th through the 16th the World Climbing Championships took place in Paris, France. Over 500 athletes representing 60 countries entered the competition. Jaime Quintana, a Mission Cliffs climber for the past 3 years, headed out to France to represent his home country of Peru in the comp. Quintana works as an IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) and AMGA (American Mountain Guides Associations) guide leading climbing expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru during the summer.
Quintana talked to the Touchstone blog a bit about his experience.
Read more: The World Climbing Championship with Jaime Quintana