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Member Profile: Nicole Moffatt

Jason Bove, aka Doctor Bove, sat down with Nicole Moffatt for his monthly ‘Member of the Month’ chat.  One of the many perks of being a Pipeworks staff member is the connection to the ever-growing Touchstone community. Due to initiation specials and resolutions January is historically our biggest month, so we get to meet lots […]

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GWPC starts Half Marathon Team

Great Western Power Company is starting off the New Year right by forming a team to run in the 2014 Oakland Half Marathon on March 23rd, 2014. “We’re so psyched to be able to support our members and have some fun at the same time!” said GWPC manager Jeremy Yee. We’re more than just the best […]

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Tying the Perfect Knot at DRG

One of the best parts of climbing is the partnerships that come from it. Diablo Rock Gym has proudly facilitated a number of life-long friendships and recently, a marriage. Melinda Armstrong began climbing in middle school. Three years ago, when she became the middle school youth director at Saint Matthew Church in Walnut Creek, she […]

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Touchstone Climbing Raises $8000 for the Access Fund

Access Fund is dedicated to keeping access to our favorite rocks and climbing areas available to us. In 2013 alone the Access Fund preserved access in 126 climbing areas and propelled a new program called Educate for Access that is dedicated to informing climbers how to minimize their impact. The Access Fund’s work in the […]

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LA Boulders Grand Opening Party

LA Boulders, LA’s largest indoor bouldering gym, opened in December. Over the past month, the gym has seen hundreds of LA climbers looking for a new gym to call home. “My favorite thing is watching climbers who have never been here before walk into the gym for the first time,” said LA.B manager Remi Moehring. […]

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In Defense of Joshua Tree

I hold a tangle of quick draws at my side and use my other hand to shade my eyes as I look up at the rock. I squint, scanning the line for anything that catches the sun, that shines, that’s metallic. Hey dude will you check the guidebook for how many bolts this climb has? […]

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Trip Report: Kalymnos Sending

There are also a few routes that stand out in my mind purely for the amazing quality of the climbing. Clean lines, perfect rock, beautiful scenery, and no crowds. These are the routes dreams are made of. They motivate us through the rainy days and keep us going to the gym on cold nights. During a […]

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LA Boulders in the Arts District

LA Boulders has been the catalyst for growth in the up and coming Arts District of Los Angeles since their opening in early 2013. Cool Hunting, a LA based lifestyle blog covered the neighborhood, included the gym in their ‘Best Of’ article.  LA Boulders houses the largest indoor bouldering gym in Southern California with a climbing terrain of […]

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Dynamic Belaying: How To Give A Soft Catch

What is a hard catch? A lead belayer can give a  hard catch when they don’t have enough rope out. The climber falls, and then swings back forcefully towards the wall. If the belayer gives a hard catch, the climber can impact the wall and potentially hurt their ankles, hands, hips. Giving a soft catch […]

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Fitness routine: Pushing Past Obstacles and Climbing

Originally Published in the San Jose Mercury News. We’re so glad that The Studio climbing gym in downtown San Jose has become a place where everyone can come learn to climb. If you’d like to find out more about our outreach and community projects, follow us on facebook and Instagram.  My favorite workout: At age […]

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