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Date Night: The Studio Climbing

Published in the San Jose Mercury News The vibe: Admit it, rock climbing is hot. The teamwork. The tension. The sweat. If you’ve never done it, why not take a class with your main squeeze? Flex your muscles and learn how to support one another with a drop-in class at the trendy San Jose location […]

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Shatterproof Rappelling

Remy, a Studio Climbing front desk member, raised money to rappel for a good cause last month. Check out her trip report on this unique experience. I rappelled off a building, hurray! I have so much to tell you about all of it! Where do I begin? We – staff, members and guest climbers at […]

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Climbing the Zodiac

For many climbers, scaling the granite monolith of El Capitan is a bucket list experience. For an elite few, free climbing El Capitan is the ultimate experience. However, free climbing El Capitan takes a colossal amount of work. Recently, two California climbers went to examine a steep free route on the right side of El […]

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Cold Weather Climbing

For those obsessed with climbing outside all the time, winter rock climbing can be amazing. Cold crisp conditions and lots of solitude are easy to find in the shorter months. While long routes may be out for the season, now is a perfect time for sport climbing or bouldering. The best way to climb during […]

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Accident Report

­Dogpatch Boulders desk staffer Alex recently injured himself while bouldering in Oregon. He took the time to write up an article for the Touchstone Blog about the accident, along with tips for smart climbing.  When I heard, rather felt, the crack in my left ankle as it rolled sideways off the crash pad, I immediately […]

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First Light: A Climber’s Epic

The short cold days of winter are here. For many climbers that means indoor training sessions. For an elite few, it means extraordinary epics. This winter, Colorado alpine climber Jesse Huey and his team of elite alpine climbers will journey to the roof of the world. “It’s visionary. It’s truly on the edge of what […]

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Manager’s Favorite: The West Face of the Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower rises ominously next to Yosemite’s Bridalveil Falls. Described by Royal Robbins as “The steepest wall in North America,” the West Face of the Leaning Tower was the site of an impressive 1961 ascent by Warren Harding and one of the first big wall solos by Royal Robbins a few years later. For […]

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Cliff Hangar – The best bouldering this side of Joshua Tree

Published by Inside Hook. Rock climbing is like Tetris. You pivot, you scramble, you probe for a way through – and then that one weird shape appears and game over, man. Bringing that contortional delight to LA: LA Boulders, featuring Cali’s largest and highest bouldering wall and the best climbing terrain this side of Joshua Tree, […]

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Pipeworks Member Profile: Larry Knapp

“You can have 15 minutes with the doctor, but only YOU know what is prescribed for your life.” Pipeworks Member of the Month: Larry KnappBy Jason Bove It is always a pleasure to write a story about someone who found a passion for the outdoors, and actively pursues it year round. I have a chance […]

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BIW Crew at Berkeley Half Marathon

On November 24th, a crew of Touchstone members and staff ran the Berkeley Half Marathon. The race followed a beautiful and scenic course through Berkeley and helped to raise funds fro Berkeley Public Schools Fund, Berkeley Food and Housing Project, and Berkeley Partner for Parks. Touchstone manager, Lyn Verinsky wrote a bit about the race […]

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