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Mountain A La Mode: Rifle Climbing and Pie Baking

“She’s a psychopath,” Ryan said. The Carbondale local introduced himself over beers at the Pour House bar when he overheard our discussion about entering a pie baking contest. “My mom’s been judging the contest for years. I’ve heard of Judy Harvey. She’s absolutely obsessed. If you win, she may kill you.” Fruit Number 1 Two […]

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Member o’ the Month: Nicholas Wray

In our ongoing segment – 15 minutes with Doctor Bove – Pipeworks staffer Jason Bove sits down with a member to get to know a little more about what makes them tick. “You can have 15 minutes with the doctor, but only YOU know what is prescribed for your life.” he says.  Tonight, I sit on […]

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Tips on Better Onsight Climbing

One of the best feelings in climbing is walking up to a piece of rock and climbing it onsight, going from the ground to the top without falling and without any knowledge of the route. Onsight climbing, though the ideal style, is one of the hardest parts of climbing to master as it involves solid […]

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Climbing with Kids

Climbing with your kids can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there. Watching your youngster scramble up the boulders on their way to being the next great climber can be amazing. But there’s lots to consider when taking your child out to the crag. Find a Third Having a third kid-friendly person is […]

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Slab Climbing Secrets

Technique is for the weak. Or so seems when you see the footloose climbing in the gym. Unfortunately, big muscles and an ability to campus do little on harder routes. Precise footwork and an ability to climb well will get you much farther. One of the best ways to improve your footwork is to slab […]

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Pipeworks Member Profile: John Martinez

Recently, Pipeworks manager Vaughn Medford sat down with long time Touchstone member John Martinez, who has undergone a huge transformation at the Sacramento gym.  Check out the great write up about John.We are sad to bid farewell to our friend and long-time member John Martinez, who is being asked to relocate out of town for […]

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7 Signs Your Partner Just Isn’t Into You

You saw the climber from across the gym.  Maybe they set up the pads perfectly beneath that Bishop highball. Maybe they were crushing that spicy trad route at the Cookie Cliff in Yosemite. However you saw them, you realized that they were the perfect partner. Looks can be deceiving though and reality can be even […]

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Flash Mob Team Bake Sale

It was a day like any other East Bay summer day…skies gray with fog and cold weather clothing abound. There was something different about this day though. More than just the marine layer in the air was the smell of cookies, pies, cakes…and climbing shoes. BIW’s teen team, The Flash Mob, kicked booty baking goods […]

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Making the Most of Summer Climbing Trips

Summer is a great time for climbing trips. The alpine climbing in the Sierra, bouldering in Squamish, big wall climbing in Yosemite, traditional climbing in the Needles, and sport climbing in the far off regions of Rifle are all in great condition. Fill the car, grab a plane ticket and you’re off to the climbing. […]

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