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Yosemite’s Hanta Virus

Labor Day is fast approaching and Yosemite National Park will undoubtedly be busy.  With the influx of new visitors and climbers, park officials are making everyone aware of the latest threat in the park- Hantavirus Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare but serious respiratory illness that has caused two deaths in the park this year […]

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Bouldering for Beginners

In the latest Rock Climbing for Beginners Videos, Adam Barczack explains the fundamentals of bouldering, an aspect of the sport where the climber ascends a small portion of rock or wall using more gymnastic movement.  Bouldering is well known for building strength and technigue in climbers.  In the current video, Barczack explains how to fall […]

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West of the Sun: Derek Powell Interview

Derek Powell, a 42 year old San Francisco paramedic living in Berkeley, splits his time on an ambulance, with his wife and son, and most recently at Pinnacles National Monument establishing new routes.   Powell started climbing 18 years ago when a friend took him to Remillard Park in Berkeley.  ” It was a trade. A friend […]

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Slacklining Clinic

Balance, focus and remaining relaxed are all integral parts of climbing well.  Many people practice these aspects of climbing by slacklining, a version of tight rope walking that has become a pursuit in itself.   This week, Matt Chavez, from The Studio in San Jose, will be teaching a slack lining clinic on Sunday from […]

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Bay Area Grip Challenge

On Friday August 17th, a dozen competitors headed to Diablo Rock Gym to participate in the Bay Area Grip Challenge.  Ripping entire decks of cards, bending nails, grippers, and dead lifts were some of the challenges for the contenders. The comp, which was the brainchild of grip fanatic Daniel Reinard, featured a number of different […]

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Training with Sean McColl

Sean McColl, a world cup climber from Canada, is well known for his regimented training. From counting the number of moves he climbs during a bouldering session at the gym to maintaining a strict diets, McColl’s scientific and rigorous approach to climbing has made him one of the best competition climbers in the world.  In […]

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Artist of the Month: Andreina Davila

Rock climbing attracts all manners of people.  Artists make a significant contribution to the climbing community.  The Touchstone gyms enjoy celebrating the amazing artwork that many locals climbers produce.  From the great photography of Dan Mottaz at Mission Cliffs to the artistic work of Andreina Davila at Ironworks, amazing art work hangs on the walls […]

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Anchors 101: At Ironworks

Want to learn how to establish your own anchors?  Need some help on climbing safely on your own?  Berkeley Ironworks is offering a new clinic, Anchors 101 with Chris Ahlgren.    Chris learned to climb at a young age.  His father, a Yosemite climber in the 70s, taught him how to build anchors from a […]

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CRAGS Lobbies to Open Auburn Quarry

Today, CRAGS (Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento) and the Access Fund negotiated an agreement with California’s Auburn State Recreation Area to lift a 9-year ban on rock climbing at the Cave Valley Climbing Area, the Auburn Quarry.  While the agreement must still be approved by the California Department of Parks and Recreation,  CRAGS and […]

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Golden Rules of Climbing

Proper technique in climbing will help you scale the hardest rock faces.  There are a few Golden Rules of Rock climbing.   The first, keeping your arms straight, will help you conserve immense amounts of energy.  Bent arms deplete strength quickly while straight arms and hanging on your skeleton will help conserve your energy.   […]

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