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LA Boulders Grand Opening Video

LA Boulders, LA’s biggest bouldering gym, opening in January 2014 with a huge The Grand Opening party. Check out this AMAZING video relive the magic. “It was the perfect way to open the gym,” said Manager Remi Moehring. “Everyone is so excited that a Touchstone Climbing gym is in Southern California, we had a huge turnout.” […]

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Learn to Rope Climb at Touchstone Climbing

Climbing is the heart and soul of Touchstone, and since we make a point to do what we love… We LOVE teaching people how to safely and efficiently climb. If you’re new to roped climbing and want to get started, you’ve got a few options. Read on to find out which option is best for you! […]

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Oakland Tech and GWPC Making P.E. Fun Again

Under the guidance of GWPC member and Oakland Tech P.E. Instructor Carlos Bover (affectionately known as ‘Coach’ to his students), students are redefining what’s possible in a P.E. class by pushing their limits on the climbing wall!  This is the programs 4th year running, so we decided to turn over control of our monthly outreach […]

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Upcycling Ropes from Mission Cliffs

We always jump at the chance to help out local schools and encourage fun ways to stay active. Mission Cliffs and the Touchstone Route Setters donated some old climbing rope, and it went to a great cause! We just received this Thank You note from one of the teachers: Instead of chocolate candy parties on […]

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How To Find Climbing Partners

One of our most frequently asked questions is How do I find climbing partners? Finding a consistent climbing partner can be a daunting task… but the gym is chalk full of potential climbing partners! Check in at the front desk at your local Touchstone Climbing Gym to find out about our next Partner Finder event – or […]

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ROCKING OUT – Climbing to new heights at Dogpatch Boulders

Published by PureWow For us, “bouldering” (a.k.a. rock climbing without a rope) usually conjures up images of dull slabs of granite, thoughts of granola bars…and visions of plummeting to our death. That all changed when we stepped foot inside Dogpatch Boulders. For starters, the new climbing facility is awash in a veritable rainbow: The undulating […]

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Staff Profile: Ryan Rougeux

Sacramento is abuzz with chatter about the Touchstone Climbing Series coming to town TOMORROW, February 21st. At which time, we will all revel in excitement as we merrily eat, drink, adorn new T-shirts, and climb new routes! What you may not remember as you are enjoying all of these things this weekend, is the hard […]

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Get Ready for TCS in 5 Easy Steps

The Touchstone Climbing Series – or TCS2014 – is a fun and friendly competition series that will tour all nine Touchstone gyms throughout California. It’s a great way to challenge your climbing, have a blast, and visit different gyms. This year, the competition series will rotate between roped climbing and bouldering each month, so everyone […]

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Too Big to Flail

It’s summertime in Berkeley. I sit in the hot living room of my friend’s apartment, the overhead fan creates a weak breeze. We are watching Reel Rock 7, I’m missing Bishop like crazy and getting inspired and terrified by Alex Honnold’s first ascent of Too Big To Flail: a micro-crimpy, foot-work intensive highball in the Buttermilks. I […]

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Jailhouse Climbers Topping Out Crag

“To get to the top, untie, and watch the rope disappear over the edge is pretty special,” said Rick Miller. The 45 year old wood molding mill manager completed the first ascent of Lolita, a 150 foot 5.14b route at Jailhouse Rock in Sonora, California in late January. Rosie Cahoon on the left and Rick […]

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