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LA Boulders Wall Design

Touchstone Climbing is excited to be opening the largest bouldering only gym in Los Angeles this year. LA Boudlders, or the LA.B, will be located in down town LA in the Arts District. Our design team has been working closely with Walltopia to create new and exciting climbing terrain for Southern California climbers. “It took […]

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Tough Mudder with GWPC

Team bonding is a science, and one that we don’t take lightly here at Touchstone. This Summer Jeremy Yee, the manager of Great Western Power Company in Oakland, lead his staff on a 10.5 miles torture slog, otherwise known as the Tough Mudder Race. The whole team crossed this finish line with arms linked and […]

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Downhill Mountain Biking at Northstar

The Brotherhood of the Traveling Sombero, a team of down hill mountain bikers sponsored by Touchstone Climbing, recently completed their first race at Northstar with solid results. We caught up with them this week to get the scoop on the race. “Northstar, which is infamous for dust and rocks, did not disappoint for the first […]

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On the Road in Rifle

James Lucas has been climbing in Rifle Colorado, and submitted this trip report to the Touchstone Blog along with some great photos.   Rifle Colorado offers some of the best sport climbing in the United States. The two mile canyon hosts hundreds of steep limestone routes. The approach to the crags vary from a short […]

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Cairns with Diablo Rock Gym

Stacks of stones line the trails in Yosemite. Piles of rock often mark the summits of mountains. These groups of rocks, called cairns, are found all over the world, varying in size from small stone markers to enormous conical rock piles. For climbers, cairns often mark turns in the trail. Cairns are indispensable for finding […]

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GirlVentures at Touchstone Climbing Gyms

Every Spring and Fall, Great Western Power Company, our Oakland location, hosts  “Girlz Climb On”, a climbing adventure program for young women, administered and organized by GirlVentures. Since they have another session coming up this Fall, we decided to check in with the GirlVentures Team to learn more about this amazing program! Can you describe […]

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Fear on the West Face

There was something profoundly terrifying about watching my climbing partner’s left shoe float away from his twisting body and fall a thousand feet onto the boulder field below us. The nut Will Skinner was standing on had just pinged out of the crack and Will was falling backwards in what seemed like slow motion. After […]

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Dogpatch Boulders in Sunset Magazine

Published in Sunset Magazine For the uninitiated, bouldering means more or less what you’d expect it to mean: scrambling up a not-too-high rock, without ropes to catch you if you mess up. At the Dogpatch Boulders, it also means a fear-free way to give climbing a try. Here, the walls are 10 to 17 feet […]

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Touchstone Climbing Series

The 2014 Touchstone Climbing Series is winding down.. with a triumphant roar! Here is everything you need to know to prepare for the Rope Climbing Finale at Mission Cliffs on October 25th. What it is: TCS2014 is a 9 month comp series that has visited each and every Touchstone Climbing gym. Over 2,000 climbers from […]

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Baking with Barnes: A Climber’s Diet

Natasha Barnes, a Mission Cliffs climber, and bona fide rock crusher has been climbing for the past 13 years. In between sending 5.13d sport routes, bouldering problems like Thriller and Midnight Lightning in Yosemite, and going full tilt on the Yosemite offwidth circuit, Natasha works as a chiropactor in San Francisco. For the past five […]

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