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Member of the Month: Brad Sandoval

There are often times in life when you enter into an assignment or situation believing that you know exactly how something will turn out, only to find many surprises along the way. These unanticipated circumstances may bring stress to set deadlines, but in the end may yield very exciting and unexpected results. For example, take […]

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SCS Regionals at Berkeley Ironworks

On May 10th we will welcome youth climbers from across the state to compete in the SCS Youth Regionals Competition at Berkeley Ironworks. What Competitors Need to Know Get psyched kid crushers! For the first time in [possibly] your whole lives, Touchstone Climbing will be hosting climbing comps right here on your home turf! This […]

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Fitness Wednesdays at Pipeworks

Sacramento Pipeworks has been working with an organization called the Women’s Empowerment for years. During an eight-week program, an instructor walks a group of ladies to Pipeworks once a week to participate in one hour of fitness. By attending Fitness Wednesdays, the ladies get to spend that one hour of their day focusing on self-care. […]

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Save San Francisco Climbing

In early April The SF Park and Recreation department shut down climbing at the ‘localest of local’ crags, the Beaver Street Wall and Glen Canyon. While a reasons are unconfirmed, we are hoping to work with Bay Area Climbers Coalition, Access Fund and other local climbers to help re-open these areas. Bay Area climbers Matt […]

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Big Day Climbing Tips

The spring season brings longer days and bigger plans for many climbers. Moving faster and more confidently on big days requires a bit of strategy, planning and preparation. If you’re getting ready for a big Yosemite climb, here are a few tips to make things move smoother. Fuel Well– Many climbers eat big dinners the […]

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Mesquite Trip Report

Touchstone Blogger, James Lucas checks in to recount about his recent trip to Mesquite Nevada. Located between Las Vegas and Zion, Mesquite offers perfect limestone climbing between the two sandstone meccas. For the months of February and March, I traveled in the area, sampling many of the best crags and bouncing between the long sandstone […]

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BOSS Bookdrive

Berkeley Ironworks in conjunction with Leadership East Bay has been holding a book drive for a local women and children’s center run by Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS). Established in 1971, BOSS serves over 1,500 homeless families and individuals with barriers to self sufficiency. “BOSS provides comprehensive services that help homeless families and individuals […]

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Indian Rock Spring Clean-Up

Where: Indian Rock – Castle Rock State Park, Los Gatos When: Saturday, April 26 Hosted by: Bay Area Climbers Coalition Details: Indian Rock (in the South Bay) is one of the premier Bay Area crags with amazing bouldering, top rope, and sport climbs. Many climbers know it as the “sweet free parking spots for Castle […]

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Spring Break ’09 – Cabo San Smith Rockas

Earlier this spring, a group of Berkeley climbers headed to one of the best rock climbing destinations in Oregon. Ben Steel wrote a bit about the group’s trip for the Touchstone blog. I suppose the first thing I should do is apologize to you for the misleading title. I haven’t been hiding this trip report […]

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The Lost Coast Trail with Eric Nakano

Recently, Dogpatch Desk Staffer, Eric Nakano stepped away from running the kids after school camps for an amazing hiking trip along the Lost Coast trail from Usal Camp to Nadelos Camp. He wrote about his adventure for the Touchstone Blog. Distance: 29.19 miles Elevation gain: 10,475 ft. Elevation loss: 8,699 ft. Climbing: didn’t find too […]

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