Rock climbing outside involves spending a lot of time in fragile eco-systems. There's easily disturbed micro-biotic soil in Indian Creek, a fragile desert in Bishop, and the wild life in Yosemite that all need to be considered to ensure a leave no trace impact on the environment.
Leave No Trace, a company out of Colorado, offers some great insight on their website about ways to minimize impact. Check out their article on the subject.
Read more: Leave No Trace: Disposing of Waste at the Crag
Wendy Georges runs. Georges runs a lot. The 53 year old Berkeley resident took up running 24 years ago and began racing when she was 42. Since then she’s competed in dozens of road races including many marathons and ultra marathons.
“My favorite is 50 miles. It takes 8 hours. It feels like a solid day’s work- long enough that you’re really glad its over but you get such a feeling of accomplishment.” The female grandmaster of last year’s Oakland marathon aims for three ultra marathons a year with a number of shorter races as training. Georges races 9 to 10 months out of the year.
Georges with ultra running legend and BIW member Ann Trason
Read more: Wendy Georges: The Ultra Runner
Diablo Rock Gym posted up their 2011 Challenge List. Designed to help gym members set and complete easy, medium and challenging goals. The Challenge List will help motivate you into pushing a little harder at the gym.
Read more: The Diablo Rock Gym Challenge
Working out can be hard. Grinding away on the elliptical machine, doing a hundred floors on the Stairmaster, or keeping your heart rate at 140 for an hour on the treadmill aren't easy tasks. One of the best ways to make a workout go faster is to shift your focus to something else. Great Western Power Company just picked up a couple of Ipads to do just that.
Read more: New IPads at GWPC
Wellspring Academy Heads to MetalMark
Climbing is a great way to get into shape and have fun. With movement that requires strong muscles from fingers, back, to calves, rock climbing provides the exercise needed to lose weight and tone your body. Recently, MetalMark had a group of students from Wellspring Academies, a weight loss boarding schools for overweight teens and young adults. The school focuses on helping students change their lifestyles to maintain a healthy body and mind.
Read more: Wellspring Academy
Petzl, a leading company in manufacturing great climbing products, recently released an updated version of their immensely popular GriGri.
The new GriGri 2 is compatible with ropes from 8.9 to 11mm, has a progressive descent control system designed to offer smooth, even lowering action - there's a larger 'sweet spot' when lowering a climber or rappelling, and is 25% lighter and 25% more compact than the old GriGri.
Read more: New Petzl Gri Gri's At Touchstone Gyms
This Friday night, February 18, the Touchstone Rope series comp will be hitting the Great Western Power Company.
There will be pizza, beer, and a ton of new routes all over the gym. The Touchstone Rope series are some of the best comps on the West Coast. Tons of climbers come and meet up, hang out, and have a blast at the functions.
Read more: TRS 5 At GWPC
Work on Metal Mark, Touchstone's new gym in Fresno, has been moving along smoothly. The steel beams and supports for the building have been erected. The roof is up and insulated already and they finished with the lower roof where the locker rooms, fitness rooms, and office are.
Last week, they started on the climbing walls and are progressing well with the rest of the construction. The gym will be an awesome addition to the the Touchstone circuit.
The gym will be completed soon! Keep on track for construction updates on the Touchstone Blog.
At 5’8” 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, the 29 year old John Schmid appears like a mild mannered rock climber. After receiving a biology degree from Colorado College, where he began rock climbing ten years ago, Schmid moved to the bay area to take up a job that would support his climbing lifestyle. Schmid became a murse- a male nurse. During the graveyard shift, Schmid works in the neo-natal intensive care unit of Alta Bates in Berkeley where he saves the lives of sick little babies.
Schmid on the Tuolumne classic On the Lamb (5.9) photo by Mikey Schaefer
Read more: The Sandbagger: Profile of IW's John Schmid