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Guadalupe Elementary School Visits Mission Cliffs

One of Touchstone’s founding principles is to play an active role in supporting our local communities. Each Touchstone gym regularly works with local schools and organizations to introduce children to rock climbing. In December, a group from Guadalupe Elementary School visited Mission Cliffs and had a great time climbing with their teacher and the staff. […]

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Carpooling to the Crag

It’s midnight on the snow covered 395 and your turbo charged climbing partner hits repeat on the Justin Bieber song… again. Bishop, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas, even the local climbing areas like Yosemite, Sonora, and Tahoe reside a few hours from the Bay Area and the Touchstone climbing gyms. The climbing in California requires a […]

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Hasta La Vista with Ethan Pringle

Touchstone athlete Ethan Pringle travels across the world. Norway, China, South Africa, and his home in San Francisco provide great climbing escapes for him. This fall he traveled to one of his old climbing crags to try one of the United States’ hardest routes. There’s something special these days about having a crag to yourself. […]

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New CrossFit Pipeworks

“People are always looking for the quickest way to get results,” said Dustin Stumpf. CrossFit is the ANSWER!” There’s great news for Sacramento Pipeworks members.  On Wednesday, January 23rd from 5 until 8 pm, CrossFit Pipeworks will open their new program with a BBQ to welcome new and existing members. “CrossFit covers such a broad […]

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Evilution: Ho’s Bishop Highball Ascent

Imagine climbing at your limit. Now picture soloing a crumbling slab. For many climbers, these are just dreams. Or more accurately, nightmares. For Touchstone Route Setter Jeremy Ho this was a reality. On Tuesday, January 15th, Berkeley climber, Jeremy Ho made a coveted ascent of Evilution, a 60 foot V11 highball on the Grandpa Peabody […]

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A Bishop Bouldering Report

Recently, Touchstone Climbing member and obsessive climber Jordan Shackelford traveled to the bouldering mecca of Bishop, California. Jordan sent the Touchstone blog a trip report of his winter bouldering excursion. I’m sure you’ve heard the name Jordan Shackelford before. When Ryan Moon made the first ascent of Gentleman’s Club in the Columbia Boulders, I spotted […]

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Tears on Toprope in Joshua Tree

I found myself on the car ride back from my post-Thanksgiving Joshua Tree trip with a little bit less skin, a lot less pride, a lot more dirt, and just the right amount of necessary introspection. Let me explain. Why I Climb Climbing has always been a multifaceted sport for me, as I must assume […]

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Setting at Dogpatch

The walls at Dogpatch Boulders in San Francisco are nearing completion. In the past week, Walltopia workers have been installing the panels, followed closely by the Touchstone setting crew. The setters have established hundreds of problems ranging from VB to V11 on the terrain of slabs, vertical walls, and steep roofs. Dogpatch manager Justin Alarcon, […]

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Child Care at Berkeley Ironworks

Climbing truly is fun for all ages, and we’re so happy to be able to offer kid’s programs. However, we know that all you parents out there want some wall time, too! We are excited to offer child care at Berkeley Ironworks to give parents a chance to work out or climb. We have a […]

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Touchstone Climbing Helping to Fund Climbing Grant

It. Is. ON! Free money to climb?? What?! Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Live Your Dream Grant! Get yours in before the application period closes on March 1st, 2013! Click HERE and download the simple application for the Western Region. Show your ambition, fill it out well, follow the instructions, email to the […]

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