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How to Make Tape Gloves

The Salathe Headwall on El Capitan, the North Six Shorter in Indian Creek, and Dog Leg in Joshua Tree are all beautiful routes that require just one look before you get a desperate desire to climb them. Cracks are by far the most aesthetic lines in climbing Crack climbing is beautiful but it also hurts. […]

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Heidi Wirtz Slideshow and Clinic

North Face climber and pro athlete, Heidi Wirtz is coming to the bay area to give a slide show and provide some invaluable clinic time at Berkeley Ironworks. Heidi Wirtz began climbing over twenty years ago and has traveled to Nepal, Morocco, Jordan, Siberia, Tasmania, the Czech Republic and more.  From pioneering new big wall […]

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Heidi Wirtz

Professional climber ad adventurer,Heidi Wirtz is coming to the bay area next week to talk about some of her epic trips,  “Heidi‚Äôs love for adventure and exploration has been the driving force behind her climbing accomplishments. She enjoys all types of climbing, finding herself high on giant rock walls and frozen waterfalls throughout the world. […]

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Message Board

Touchstone Climbing no longer offers a message board.  Thanks to all those who have participated on the message board over the years.   Thanks, Touchstone Climbing Gyms

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Castle Rock Saved: For Now

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 […]

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Save Castle Rock

On July 1st of this year 70 California State Parks are scheduled to be closed indefinitely. Portola and Castle Rock State Parks are two of the 70 parks slated for closure due to California budget cuts. The Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, the Sempervirens fund, Save the Redwoods League, and Adventure Out Paul Rogers of […]

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Climber’s Workshop

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 […]

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Zero Gravity Takes on Nationals

As climbing moves toward the Olympics, USA Climbing paired up with the US Olympic committee this year to host the Open and Youth Bouldering National Championships in Colorado Springs, CO.  The Open competition was held on February 24th and 25th.  This was easily the strongest depth of field of any Climbing National Championship to date, […]

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South East Bro Trip

Bro trips are one of the best parts of climbing. Hanging out with a few other like minded climbers, wrestling awesome rock, and than sitting together drinking beers at night creates some great camaraderie and awesome trips. From February 28th until March 8th, Jacob Nelson and Ryan Rougeux of Sacramento Pipeworks met up with Ryan […]

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TRS 6 at The Studio

The Touchstone Rope series is kicking off its first comp of the year at the grand opening of the Studio! The 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 […]

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