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Better Know a Setter: Jeremy Ho

They’re up with the sun, chain coffee-drinking and working hard to bring you the routes you love to send, project, and crush. ‘Touchstone Routesetting’ is an industry term for excellence, and each member of the crew brings a little somethin’ somethin’ to the team. In our ongoing segment, Better Know a Setter, we bring you […]

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Building a Pyramid for Better Climbing

Every year I stare at the enormous formations of Yosemite Valley. They tower above me. I know that I want to climb them. I also know to do so I need to become a much better rock climber. Bouldering on Tatonka in Squamish Bouldering provides one of the fastest ways to improve technique in climbing. […]

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Mission Cliffs to get New Logo

Mission Cliffs, which is about to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary, has been undergoing a massive expansion project for the past two years. The gyms has added 9,000 ft of roped climbing terrain, gained a stretching and viewing mezzanine, moved the front desk, and is currently finishing construction on two brand new programming rooms. “It’s been […]

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Climbing Team Tryouts at The Studio

The Studio Climbing, our gym in San Jose, is starting their first Teen Climbing Team! Climbing is a great activity for kids or all ages and ability levels, and we’re so happy to see a team forming!  Tabitha Enanoria, who has been working at The Studio Climbing for over a year, will be coaching the […]

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Touchstone Climbing in Culver City

Well, folks. Big news. The Touchstone family is about to get even bigger… We are thrilled to announce that we have secured a location for a state of the art indoor climbing gym in Culver City. Our first Southern California location, LA Boulders, opened in the Arts District of Los Angeles in late 2013. We’re […]

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Time with Teachers at Mission Cliffs

Mission Cliffs is no stranger to bringing kids to new heights through indoor climbing programs. Children benefit from learning and experiencing climbing in myriad ways, but recently an entire school was enriched by their commitment to supporting their local communities. For the spring auction benefiting the Parent-Teacher Association, Touchstone Climbing donated equipment and day passes […]

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Managing Fear on the PsicoComp Wall

I grabbed the sloping hold three times but failed to commit. The twenty foot fall into the water below scared me. As I pawed at the hold, I thought about how I swam like a stone. My legs quivered a bit. I down climbed and stepped off the wall, never committing to a move that […]

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Bouldering Expansion at Sacramento Pipeworks

That’s right people. It’s finally happening. We are pleased, proud, and pumped to announce that our long awaited expansion has an end in sight. We are finalizing construction plans and are set to open our expansion in Fall 2014. As you might know, we have been around since 2001, and since then our gym community […]

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Who Says You Can’t Climb in Bishop in June?

By Jon Kennedy  When planning a bouldering trip in June, climbers usually place Bishop last on their list of potential destinations. For those unfamiliar with Bishop climbing, it is a fall or winter destination if you want those optimal sending temps. I love the look you get when you mention you’re going to the Buttermilks […]

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The California Death Ride with Deborah Georges

Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in America’s West, The Death Ride tours California’s Alps. The five pass ride includes 129 miles and 15,000+ feet of lung busting climbing. This summer, Touchstone cyclist Deborah Georges completed the brutal race through the Lake Tahoe region. She wrote a bit about the event for the […]

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