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Hatlen Center for the Blind Climb at Berkeley Ironworks

In late February, The Hatlen Center for the Blind brought several visually impaired students to the climbing gym. The Hatlen Center serves adults, ages 18 and older, who have graduated high school and are ready to take the next step towards living an independent life. The students climbed by feeling the textures of the walls and the holds. […]

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SFSU Parks and Rec Students at Mission Cliffs

Recently, Ben Kumli, a faculty Lecturer for San Francisco State’s Recreation Parks and Tourism Department, brought nearly twenty students to Mission Cliffs. “It was a wonderful experience and the perfect way to develop relationships outside of the classroom,” said Kumli. “Rock climbing is the perfect team building activity!” “When I first walked in I was […]

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Pringle Crushing Spain

Ten days ago, Touchstone athlete, Ethan Pringle nabbed a speedy ascent of Era Vella (5.14d) in Margalef, Spain. Pringle spoke a little bit about the climb. This phenomenal Margalef test-piece was put up by Chris Sharma in the winter of 2010. Located on one of Maglalef’s steepest and tallest walls, Era Vella has become the […]

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Mission Cliffs Expansion

For the past two years, Touchstone has worked hard on expanding San Francisco’s Mission Cliffs. After dealing with the hurdles of building permits and securing the location next to the current gym, the Mission Cliffs expansion is set to dramatically change the face to Touchstone’s original gym.  The expansion plans include an enormous roped climbing expansion, […]

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Girls Climbing Trip Video

Recently six Touchstone climbers took a trip to Joe’s Valley, a bouldering mecca located three hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah. The climbed, they camped, they crushed. All normal for a week long trip. But THIS trip was anything but normal.This was a GIRLS TRIP. The Touchstone Blog has been granted viewing rights to […]

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Reasons to Date a Climber

For many climbers, the gyms are a meat market, a place to go pick up the latest bouldering stud or sport climbing babe. For others, the climbing gyms are more of a butcher shop, a place to get shut down.  Either way, there’s often good comedy surrounding the dating scene and rock climbing.  Climber relationships […]

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Thinking Outside the Bottle at the Climbing Gym

Think Outside the Bottle, a coalition of environmentalists, businesses and nonprofit organizations, began a campaign to eliminate the sale of bottled water. Currently, the sale of bottled water is banned in 14 national parks. Think Outside the Bottle hopes to add the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park as the next two […]

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