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TCS2014 Bouldering Finale at Dogpatch Boulders

On Saturday, Dogpatch Boulders threw open its doors to climbers from all across the state. Some had literally criss-crossed California in order to attend each and every Touchstone Climbing competition this year. Others missed the memo and thought they were there for a normal day of climbing… Imagine their surprise and delight to find that […]

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Marissa Treece takes 1st place in Sacramento

What a weekend! While San Francisco was cheering on finalists at Dogpatch Boulders, Sacramento Pipeworks’s staff Marissa Treece was crushing in a different arena! She took first place in a competition at Bat Cave games at CrossFit Natomas. Marissa, who ran track for Notre Dame has become a valuable part of our training team. Congrats […]

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Summer in Squamish

Ten years ago, on my first trip to Squamish, I free soloed up a 5.11 slab route on the Apron thinking it was 5.8. I got 1/3 of the way before some helpful Canadians turned me around. Two weeks ago, I free soloed up a 5.10 on the Apron thinking it was 5.7. I was […]

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First Look – Touchstone Climbing in Hollywood

Sneak peek Friday! …That’s a thing, right? Behold the juicy innards of what will soon be the largest bouldering only gym in Southern California! Climbers at our Hollywood location will have over 11,000 sq ft of climbing at their disposal. We’re excited to also offer an additional training and fitness area for programing, classes, and […]

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Climbing with Cerebral Palsy

Recently, Andrew McAleavey sat down with the Touchstone blog to talk about his experience with climbing and Cerebral Palsy. The Berkeley Ironworks Kid’s Camp director will be at the American Physical Therapy Association’s pediatrics conference in St. Louis to discuss how cerebral palsy affects muscle development. Read a bit about his climbing experience. “I don’t…I […]

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TCS2014 Bouldering Finale THIS Saturday

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The moment all you pebble wrestlers have been waiting for… The Grand Finale of the 2014 Touchstone Climbing Series Bouldering Division! It’s been nine months in the making, and over 1000 boulderers from across the state have competed in comps at Berkeley Ironworks, The Studio Climbing, or La Boulders. […]

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An Artisans Crag

By Anthony Lapomardo The heavily rotted gates that guarded the horse ranch hung haplessly off withered hinges. The car rolled slowly from the pavement to the uneven dirt trail and meandered downhill and into the high grass. Rolling over the first cattle guard, the sounds of 4 stroke engines broke the silence as two cyclists […]

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Climbing Through Cerebal Palsy

Recently, Andrew McAleavey sat down with the Touchstone blog to talk about his experience with climbing and cerebral Palsy. The Berkeley Ironworks Kid’s Camp director will be at the American Physical Therapy Association’s pediatrics conference in St. Louis to discuss how cerebral palsy affects muscle development. Read a bit about his climbing experience. “I don’t…I […]

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Trip Report: Bagels to Burritos – Gunks Edition

Trip Report: Bagels to Burritos Part 1, Gunks Edition By Maxine Speier The Shawangunk ridge, or the “Gunks,” rises 200 feet above the tree line. The exposed cliffs stretch across the horizon, a swath of white-grey rock. When we are there in early September, most of the trees are still a lush and vibrant green, […]

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Keys for Staying on Your Feet: Slab Secrets Revealed

Technique is for the weak. Or so seems when you see the footloose climbing in the gym. Unfortunately, big muscles and an ability to campus do little on harder routes. Precise footwork and an ability to climb well will get you much farther. One of the best ways to improve your footwork is to slab […]

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