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The Sexiest Sport: Climbing

According to a study by Quirkology, over 6000 people were asked which sporting activities would make a member of the opposite sex more attractive. 51% of women found hiking attractive, 52% found football to be exciting and 56% found extreme sports to be attractive. But…. Rock climbing won the competition with 57%! It’s official. Rock climbing […]

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El Cap Challenge at MetalMark

  On Wednesday, December 21st, the Suvanto brothers made an impressive assault on the routes at Metal Mark. In just a few hours, the pair each climbed 150 routes 5.10a and harder, climbing over 6,000 feet of vertical terrain.   The Suvanto brothers arrived at the gym before sunlight. While they waited for MetalMark to […]

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Gregor Peirce: On a Mission

Gregor Peirce, a 19 year old Touchstone route setter for the past year, has had a very successful season in Bishop this year. After making the 6 hour drive from the Bay to the Buttermilk boulders, Gregor hiked directly to the classic crimp fest The Swarm a V13/14 in fading light. “I didn’t warm up […]

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Tips on Highballin

There are a lot of tall boulder problems out there. Problems on the Grandpa Peabody boulder at the Buttermilks, the problems at the Woodyard Arete in Yosemite, and other climbs in between all blur the line between bouldering and soloing. John Sherman, the author of the second edition of Better Bouldering, put together a video […]

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Healthy New Years at Diablo Rock Gym

Diablo Rock Gym will be having a great evening of fun and excitement on New Year’s eve. On December 31, from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am, the staff and a ton of climbers will be gathering at the the Concord gym for lots of awesome events, games, gift give aways, and more. The gym will […]

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TBS 7 At Mission Cliffs

Mission Cliffs just had an awesome turnout for the latest TBS 7 comp. 409 climbers stopped by to turn in scorecards. The comp series has been greatly successful this season with over 1300 different climbers stopping by to compete. The Touchstone setters spent a solid amount of time establishing new problems for the comp. The […]

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Pipeworks Runners Club

  The program began in May 2009, when 12 Pipeworks runners, and former Pipeworks bicycle club members, decided to run in the fund raising event The Relay. The 199 mile race from Calistoga to Santa Cruz helped raise awareness for organ donation. With each racer running 3 different 10k legs, the team finished the race […]

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Climbers in The New York Times

With the ever increasing popularity of rock climbing and the expansion of digital services, the internet world has become a larger presence on the mountain. Where once, Yosemite was a vast wilderness, now it is possible to update your Facebook status from the side of El Capitan. Alex Lowther, a climber living in New York […]

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Mission Cliffs Comp and Holiday Food Drive

  On December 9, the Touchstone Bouldering Series will be hitting Mission Cliffs. The friday night San Francisco comp promises to be one of the best one yet. TBS7 comp shirts will be given to competitors, there will be delicious pizza, tons of free beer, and a host of new boulder problems. Additionally, Mission Cliffs […]

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Vertical Velocity- Girls’s Climbing Team Bake Sale

  Vertical Velocity, the girls’s climbing team at Berkeley Ironworks, is having a bake sale on Monday evening. The team will be having its one year anniversary this month and is raising money for team sweatshirts. The girls’s climbing team had a great costume part in October. The team began in late 2010 with only […]

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