Crack climbing is beautiful but it also hurts. Anyone who has crack climbed has gobied their hands. The small abrasions on the back of your hands or fingers stem from the sharpness of the rock and systematic wear from jamming.
Summer is just a few months away. Warm weather, good climbing, and no more raining will be here sooner than you think. One of the best places to climb during the summer months is in Canada's Squamish in British Columbia. The cool forest keeps the boulders nice and shady for all the sloping heel hooks.
Last August, Courtney Miyamato, Will Wollcott, Colin Trenter, Jennifer Szeto, Kim Groebner, James Lucas, and other bay area climbers headed to the amazing granite boulders to check out some of North America's best boulder problems. Miyamato put together a great video of all the climbers sending some rad problems. Check out the great footage. Get ready for the summer bouldering season and get pysched!
Castle Rock State Park, one of the best climbing destinations in the south bay area, was saved from closure by the Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit conservation group in Los Altos. The deal, which is set to be announced today, Wednesday, means the park will receive $250,000. The donation will help keep the park open for another year.
Want to learn how to become a solid rock climber? One of the best ways to learn about climbing technique is through personal instruction and training.
Justin Alarcon, a 31 year old climber from Berkeley, has climbed the extremely difficult double digit Yosemite boulder problems Pine Box, Yabo Roof, and Narcissus, the latter of which he climbed at 1:20 am on a July morning without spotters. Besides having climbed 8a on three different continents, a number of long Yosemite routes, 5.13 sport routes, and having coached climbing since the early 2000s, Alarcon is finishing up his NASM personal training certification. Most notably, Justin’s climbing has continuously improved over his 12+ years on rock. Part of Justin’s success stems from his training.
“The first time I did any kind of structured training program was prior to a two month trip to South Africa's Rocklands. This turned out to be a watershed experience for me because my performance on rock far exceeded anything that I had done before that and it was so obvious what the only difference had been,” said Alarcon.
Beginning April 1st, Alarcon will be holding a 6 week intensive climbing workshop designed to teach climbers the fundamentals of rock climbing.“This workshop will lean more heavily on climbing technique and strategy but will also incorporate typical fitness strategies,” said Alarcon.
Sign up for Alarcon’s climbing training workshop
Cost: $150 for members, $200 for non-members.
When: Sundays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, beginning April 1st
The Touchstone Rope series is kicking off its first comp of the year at the grand opening of the Studio! This Friday night, March 16th, Touchstone's newest gym will have all new routes, and tons of great climbing. This will definitely be one of the most exciting comps ever. The competition will be super interesting as everyone will be onsighting, climbing entirely new terrain. Not only that, but there will be ton of beer, food, a huge shoe sale, and lots of fun.