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Training for Climbing

Are you looking for a way to improve your climbing? Do you want to be an elite climber? Justin Alarcon is having a training clinic at Great Western Power Company. Justin Alarcon has been climbing for nearly 13 years. During that time he ranks his continual growth and development as a climber as his greatest […]

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Zero Gravity at Regionals

On Sunday, May 13th, the Zero Gravity team headed to the USA Climbing’s SCS Regional Championships at City Beach in Fremont.  The team met the best young climbers from Northern California and Northern Nevada to compete for a bid at the Division 1 Championships in Portland, Oregon on the weekend of June 9/10.  The team climbed […]

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Mission High School at MC

Imagine coming to a whole new country, leaving the safety and security of your home for something new and exciting.  For the fifth consecutive year,  a number of Mission High School students visited Mission Cliffs continuing that very idea. In April, a group of 11th grade ESL students stepped out of their comfort zones and […]

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Summer Membership at Touchstone

Looking for a great way to spend your summer vacation? Why not spend it getting jacked and tan?! The Summer of Fitness is upon us once again, and we’re making it easier for those of you who are seasonally in town. Whether you are back from college or just need a place to get your […]

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How to Choose a Climbing Helmet

* Foam interior helmet: the shell in this case is supported by a crown of polystyrene or polypropylene closed-cell foam. In case of an impact the foam is crushed permanently to absorb the blow. The shell in this type of helmets can vary from a thin plastic shitting (example Petzl Meteor III) to a semi-rigid […]

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El Capitan Season

The forecast in Yosemite calls for perfect, clear weather for the next week.  It’s a perfect time for big wall season.  For some climbers that means El Capitan, for some that means climbing a little and than doing El Rapitan, for a lot of climbers it means heading to the meadow for El Napitan.  For […]

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Cinco De Mayo TRS 6 at MetalMark

On Cinco De Mayo, a solid turn out of Fresno area climbers headed over to MetalMark for another of Touchstone’s great rope series comp.  The comp was a ton of fun.  The new routes, the DJ, and the tons of climbers, all added a lot to exciting atmosphere. Mark Haymond, a local photographer, was on […]

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Saint Helena Face Lift

Mount Saint Helena has some of the best rock in the Bay Area.  From the summit of many of the routes, there are beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Diablo, Mount Tam, and San Francisco.  The hike through the pine trees to the base of the crag is incredible and Robert Louis Stevenson is […]

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Freschl’s Bosavi Headlamp

Two years ago, Dan Freschl, a 30 year old Berkeley Ironworks climber, was camping in the desert with his friends.  Everyone had headlamps but no one had any decent batteries.  “We ended up huddling together, pooling our light just to get our camp set up.  Our car was right there and I didn’t understand why […]

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Jorge Knott Memorial

This Friday at 6pm, Sacramento Pipeworks will be holding a memorial for long time climber and well known climber, George “Jorge” Knott.   Knott worked as a professor at the Consumnes River College but spent a significant amount of his time climbing at Lover’s Leap, hiking up Shasta, and exploring the wilderness around him.  Knott was […]

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