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Big Wall Climbing with Blonde Ambition

“It’s not about being blonde, it’s about having more fun.” – That’s the motto that Steve Schneider has lived by since he began his guide service- Blonde Ambition Guiding. Naming his guide service after Madonna’s hugely successful 1990 tour of America, Steve and his blonde haired partner, Hans Florine, began to guide clients across the […]

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Training for Climbing

Has your climbing hit a plateau? Are you looking for new ways to improve? Touchstone climbing is offering a new workshop taught by one of the companies best climbers. 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 […]

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Lyn Barraza: Ironworks’s Manager

“I heard a clink clink clink.” Lyn Barraza, the manager of Berkeley Ironworks was not excited about the noise. Lyn was high on the Steck-Salathe on Yosemite’s Sentinel and exiting the notorious chimeney section of the Narrows. “My #6, my one and only piece of pro, had come out while I was climbing around in […]

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Yosemite Falcon Closures

Beginning March 1st, a number of Yosemite crags will be closed until the end of summer for Peregrine Falcon preservation. Peregrine falcons are recovering from population decline. To protect this species, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating peregrine nesting cliffs as areas closed to visitor use, including climbing and slack-lining activities, until peregrine […]

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Big Oak Flat Closure

On January 22, 2012, an enormous bouder fell across the Big Oak Flat Road just west of the highway 120/140 junction. The National Park Service made a recent announcement that they will be closing the road for a six week period to fix the damage.  The road closure begins on February 29th and is expected […]

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Yoga For Beginners

Want some strenghth and flexibility? Need an active way to stay fit and healthy? Berkeley Ironworks is offering a 4 weeks series of classes called Yoga for Beginners.  The class will be taught by Eleni Gekas. The Yoga for Beginners Series is perfect for people who are new to the practice of yoga as well […]

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Bishop Access Concerns

The Access Fund recently released an important note about the climbing on the East Side of the Sierra.  Bishop area is seeing more and more climbers every year as its popularity continues to grow. Increased use is causing concern for sensitive cultural and natural resources, especially in the Tableland area north of Bishop. The Bureau […]

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Grip Competition at DRG

Friday night at Diablo Rock Gym, a dozen people headed over to the weight section of the gym and had the first Bay Area Grip Competition.      The competition comprised of four different activities; grippers, two hand pinch, apollon’s axle deadlift, and a overall strength test.Contestants had four tries to close the hardest gripper […]

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Hueco Tanks with Ho and Bagby

Imagine a place with perfect bouldering. Think world class. Think huge holds, perfect rock, and highly concentrated. Now think of Hueco Tanks. That’s the spot. Jeremy Ho, a route setter at Touchstone Climbing, and Alison Bagby, manager of the vegan San Francisco restaurant Millenium, headed down to the Texas state park outside of El Paso. […]

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Michael Reynolds at Ironworks

Michael Reynolds, a bay area born and raised photographer has a series of fantastic photographs adorning the walls of Berkeley Ironworks currently.  The east bay gym’s artist of the month, Reynolds began hiking and climbing in Yosemite and the Sierra as a teenager.  “My photography was an out-growth of going the mountains and exploring.  I […]

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