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Pringle Tears Spain Apart

This spring, from March 26th until May 14th, Touchstone climber Ethan Pringle headed to the Spanish of Oliana for some of the incredible climbing. Pringle crushed the sport routes on the steep rock and wrote a bit about his trip for the blog. So… Oliana! First off, I was supposed to leave Spain on April […]

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Climbing Half Dome for the Wounded Warrior Project

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember the soldiers who have given their lives to protect our nation, but why stop there? Various programs focus on supporting our veterans year round. The Wounded Warrior Project dedicates itself to helping soldiers of America’s Armed Forces that have been wounded in war by raising awareness, providing aid and […]

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Patience and Persistence

Touchstone Climbing is always eager to support local organizations in our community. This year, we are proud to sponsor Team Specialized Racing, a Junior development team based in the Bay Area. Larry Nolan, the Team Specialized Junior Director, profiled three riders because of their ‘Patience and Persistence.’ “Development, confidence and humility are values that we […]

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Yosemite’s Peregrine Falcons

If you’re a California climber, you’ve heard about falcon closures. We caught up with a raptor monitor at Yosemite National Park to find what goes into these closures. Yosemite National Park has been able to foster one of the most symbiotic relationships between peregrine falcons and climbers in the world. Sarah Stock, the wildlife biologist […]

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Partner Parties at GWPC

Working at the front desk at the gym means you hear this question a lot. ‘How do I find a belay partner?’ While bouldering is easy to jump into, finding a belay partner to rope up with can be more of a challenge. “It’s such a shame when people cancel their membership because their belay partner […]

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Crush Cancer Climb-A-Thon

Want to go climbing and help save lives? (The correct answer is ‘YES!’) On Saturday, May 25 Berkeley Ironworks is hosting a Climb-A-Thon to raise funds for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and the HERA Foundation. This amazing event is all thanks to the hard work of long time desk staffer Clari. “I’ve lost three sisters […]

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TBS 8 Finals at Dogpatch Boulders

On May 4th, the 8th year of the Touchstone Bouldering Series hit the new San Francisco bouldering gym. Over 500 boulderers flooded Dogpatch Boulders to participate at the gym’s first comp. In the past, a few local climbers have dominated the Touchstone comps. The Dogpatch Boulders comp proved to be quite different. Two traveling climbers, […]

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TBS8 Finale at Dogpatch Boulders

The finale at Dogpatch Boulders was a huge success! Climbers flocked to the largest bouldering gym in the country last weekend, when Dogpatch Boulders hosted the finale to the Touchstone Bouldering Series. TBS8 kicked off at noon, and climbers off all levels were able to compete. Touchstone has been putting on bouldering competitions for 8 […]

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Expansion at Mission Cliffs

Expansion Updates for May Heads up Yogis! As we move ahead with construction, our current studio space will have to be torn down, to make way for the new walls! We’ve just finished putting together a NEW STUDIO ROOM to carry us through until two permanent studios are completed. ALL CLASSES will be held in […]

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Mottavation: Fernando Motta

On Sunday, April 28th the world lost a remarkable individual. Fernando Motta, 35, passed away at Notch Peak in Utah. On Friday, May 3rd, a number of friends and family gathered at Indian Rock to remember Motta. They shared stories and recalled their friend. The Brazilian native lived and climbed in the United States, working […]

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