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TIps For More Efficient Climbing

The short days of fall are here and many climbers are still chomping at the bit to climb big Yosemite routes  Whether maximizing the number of pitches at the crag or moving quickly over a long trad route, the key to fast climbing is efficency. Diablo Rock Gym manager and author of Climb On! Skills […]

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Tim Guffin Photography at Mission Cliffs

If you’ve been to Mission Cliffs recently and admired the photographs adorning the walls, you’ll be happy to know that they are the handy work of our very own member Tim Guffin! His work is also on the cover of Rock&Ive magazine! We caught up with Tim to find out a bit more about his […]

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Getting Through the Slot: Pro Tips

My body slide down 3 inches.  I pushed it back up 3 inches.  Then I slid again.  I ate too many pies that summer and the infamous squeezing of the Harding Slot on Yosemite’s Astroman made it difficult to make upward progress. Yosemite guidebook author Chris Macnmara describes Astroman saying, “Astroman is one of the […]

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Mortar Rock History and Clean-Up

 On October 20 and 21th from 10 am until 4 pm, a group of local climbers will be organizing a raffle, free food and a chance to clean up the famous Indian Rock area. The climbing there is well known to Bay area boulderers.  It’s been well documented as the place where Berkeley climbers developed […]

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24 HHH with Jeff Hansen

Recently, Touchstone route setter Jeff Hansen headed to Arkansas for the infamous 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell.  He wrote a bit about his trip for the Touchstone blog. The last weekend of September, I traveled to the sandstone cliffs of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas to participate in 24 Hours of […]

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Adaptive Sports at MetalMark

Last Sunday, the Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Program stopped by MetalMark Climbing. The climbing at the Fresno gym is an integral part of the program, which provides recreational and athletic experiences for those with disabilities. Based out of the Central Valley, the program takes disabled people of all ages and health impairments and encourages them […]

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Ebbetts Pass Century

In late September, long time BIW member Deborah Georges completed the Ebbet’s Pass Century. The 100 mile bike ride takes some of the best roads in the Sierra Nevada. Georges wrote about her bike ride for the Touchstone blog. I spent an exhilarating day last Saturday taking on the challenge of the Ebbetts Pass Century! […]

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Member Profile: Victor Bonanno

In our monthly segment – 15 Minutes with the Doctor – Jason Bove of Sacramento Pipeworks sits down with a member to find out what makes them tick. Today, I was lucky enough to chat with long-time Member, Father, Grandfather, Husband, Climber, Outdoor Enthusiast, and recent Crossfit Participant…Mr. Victor Bonanno. Since 2002, and a couple […]

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Yosemite Government Shutdown

“Government shutdown. Yosemite National Park will be closed for recreating.” The loud speaker boomed up onto the granite walls. My partner and I rappelled into the middle of El Capitan’s Freerider at 6 am to work on free climbing the granite monolith. I managed to stick the crux boulder problem twice before the NPS loudspeaker […]

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