Student Memberships at The Studio Climbing

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The Studio Climbing in San Jose is just blocks from San Jose State University, so of COURSE we offer a killer student membership! "Students can now climb to new heights with the introduction of a new $39 monthly student membership at The Studio, a rock climbing gym off First and San Carlos Streets," wrote Nick Esposito of The Spartan Daily. The student membership at The Studio Climbing is only availible for use at the one location, where normal Touchstone Climbing memberships can be used at all gym locations across California. "It's perfect for the starving student," said Studio Manager Diane Ortega. "If we are your home gym, it's a nice perk for local students. To read the full article, click here.

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Top 5 Places to Sweat with your Sweetheart

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We always knew the couples who climb together, stay together. Looks like the word is out! "Climb to new heights as a couple at this chain of rock-climbing gyms. Risk averse pairs can stick with standard harness rigs at the Mission Cliffs location on Harrison Street, while daredevils can try rope-free climbing at Dogpatch Boulders on 3rd Street." Daredevils indeed. Read the whole article here

Word of Mouth: The Art's District

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Cool Hunting, a LA Blog, did a write up on the up and coming Art's District, citing LA Boulders as a huge draw to the neighborhood. It's been so fun to introduce a Touchstone Climbing Gym to the Los Angeles Climbing community! It is truly something special!

Writer Julie Wolfson reviewed the gym. 

LA Boulders houses the largest indoor bouldering gym in Southern California with a climbing terrain of more than 12,000 square feet. There is only bouldering—meaning no harness and no ropes—on colorful walls in a diversity of sizes and shapes on handholds designed by climbers for climbers, with a daily "Intro to Climbing" classes. 

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Steven Roth and Ethan Pringle Go Big

Touchstone athletes Steven Roth and Ethan Pringle claimed the 3rd and 4th ascents of Alex Honnold's highball Too Big to Flail at Bishop, California's Buttermilks. DPM magazine photographer and gym favorite Anthony Lapomardo chronicled the historic day.

The pair spent two (half days) on the line sussing out the beta on top rope and building their psyche before committing to the send, fighting both the mental crux and the weather.
A storm had been brewing on both days and offered the climbers high winds and small bouts of rain throughout each session. After the first day, both climbers rallied friends and pads for a possible ropeless attempt of the full line.

The crew managed to rally a total of 18 pads to the Luminance block for "protection" of the opening crux which was the bottom half boulder problem estimated to be V10/11. After this section, the top half finishes with a hard 5.12 slab on credit card edges, well beyond any protection the pads could offer. Pringle suggested that the problem in its entirety might be 5.13c/d.

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