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Rescue on El Capitan

Picture being high on the face of one of the world’s largest granite cliffs.  If something went wrong what would happen?  On Wednesday, May 30, a 22 year old climber was leading the Pancake Flake pitch on the Nose of El Capitan.  The climber was two-thirds of the way up the route, above the Great […]

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Summer Camps

Summer Camps It’s that time of year again! Weekly classes start in mid June and run through mid August for children ages 6 to 17. Sign up for a fun-filled week of climbing, belaying and fun games to keep your kids active and engaged from 9 am till noon. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level climbers […]

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Finger Curls with Alarcon

Strong fingers are essential for climbing. Bearing down on small holds allows climbers to summit many difficult climbs. “Finger curls for climbers are like spinach for Popeye,” says Justin Alarcon, a NASM certified personal trainer with the Touchstone gyms, “they make your forearms swole! But seriously, its a reasonably safe way to work on developing […]

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Pringle on Jumbo Love

Touchstone athlete, Ethan Pringle has been hard at work on his latest project, Jumbo Love, an unrepeated 5.15b sport route at Mount Clark in Nevada.  Pringle has invested considerable effort into the route, making the trek to the crag 9 times this year and 9 times previously. “Optimally it should be like 75-85 in Vegas […]

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Memorial Day Weekend Hours

The Memorial Day weekend means a couple of extra days to go climbing. Check out the hours at your nearest Touchstone gym. Mission Cliffs Saturday, May 26th- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday,  May 27th Closed for Carnaval Monday, May 28th- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Holiday prices and class schedule will apply Tuesday, May […]

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DRG Challenge

DRG 2014 Challenge Let’s face it. Sometimes working out is hard. Here at DRG we’ve decided to ban together to motivate ourselves throughout the year! The infamous DRG challenge list is a fun tick list of goals big and small. Pick up a scorecard at the gym or print one out here to track your […]

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SF Carnaval

On Sunday, May27th, the San Francisco Cultural Arts Traditions (SFCAT) will be hosting California’s largest annual multi-cultural celebration over Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco’s Mission District.  This year’s the SFCAT Carnaval Grand Parade will follow the theme “Spanning Boderers; Bridging Cultures.”  The parade, which brings brilliant floats, lavishly dressed performers and musicians, and a […]

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DogPatch Boulders: New Touchstone Gym

For the past few years, the Touchstone gyms have been looking to increase the bouldering terrain of Mission Cliffs. As planning progressed, we discovered a need for something bigger to bring truly innovative bouldering to San Francisco. We are pleased to announce plans to build DogPatch Boulders a new bouldering gym in San Francisco. We are […]

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Pringle on Jumbo Love

Touchstone athlete, Ethan Pringle has been hard at work on his latest project, Jumbo Love, an unrepeated 5.15b sport route at Mount Clark in Nevada.  Pringle has invested considerable effort into the route, making the trek to the crag 9 times this year and 9 times previously. “Optimally it should be like 75-85 in Vegas […]

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100 Pitches for DRG Manager

On May 17th,  Diablo Rock Gym Manager, Hans Florine set a new record for his number of pitches climbed in a day.  Florine and Bill Wright, co-authors of the how-to book Speed Climb!,  climbed 100 pitches in Colorado’s Eldorado canyon in a day.  Beginning at 4:15 a.m., the pair climbed 25 pitches of moderate climbing […]

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