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Remembering the Topo in Yosemite

Adventure comes in hundreds of ways in Yosemite. Most of the time, the fun starts when something essential is forgotten. Leaving the head lamp, the water, or the topo can all lead to more adventure than planned. This fall taught me the importance of bringing and following the directions on a route. Stoner’s Highway climbs […]

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Touchstone Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters

We’ve got exciting news for our members involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters!  Touchstone Climbing and Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area are happy to announce a partnership that will make it easier for volunteers to bring kids climbing. Active Littles are now FREE on their Big Brother or Sisters Touchstone Climbing membership. This means […]

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Fall Yosemite Bouldering

The temperatures in Yosemite Valley have been slowly dropping. The fall storms have been light and sporadic. Conditions have been slowly improving in America’s best granite bouldering destination. One of the best parts of bouldering in Yosemite this fall has been climbing on all of the newer boulder problems around the Valley. Since the last […]

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TNB: Joe Kinder Visits the World’s Hardest Cave

We’re proud to support Joey Kinder as a Touchstone Climbing Athlete. This trip report was originally published in Rock and Ice Magazine. Written by Chris Parker. My first assignment as a Rock and Ice intern was daunting: Inform the American climbing public that the future of hard sport climbing had been discovered … in Norway. A relatively unknown […]

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Humility with Hans

By Hans Florine This weekend I headed out at 5:45 am Sunday morning from the stables parking lot with the goal of climbing The South Face of Mt Watkins with friends Will and Naomi. Between ‘reading’ descriptions from The Super Topo guide and Yosemite Bigwalls guide by Erik and Roger, we figured that we would be […]

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Humility!

By Hans Florine This weekend I headed out at 5:45 am Sunday morning from the stables parking lot with the goal of climbing The South Face of Mt Watkins with friends Will and Naomi. Between ‘reading’ descriptions from The Super Topo guide and Yosemite Bigwalls guide by Erik and Roger, we figured that we would be […]

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Training with the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit

Recently, Alice Ng trained with the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit. She wrote a bit about it for the Touchstone Blog. Thump thump thump thump thump thump… The Blackhawk was just over the tree line, a mere 75 feet above us. The wind generated from its propellers forced me to the ground and blew my […]

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Yosemite Climbing History

World renowned for its immense glacial polished granite, Yosemite is the mecca for rock climbers. For nearly two centuries, from the days of scrambling peaks in the Sierra to the cutting edge free climbing on El Capitan, the cliffs of Yosemite National Park have set the standards for climbing. Warren Harding topping out on the […]

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Cardio Boxing now on Mondays at GWPC

Was your #rocktoberresolution to try out a new class? You’re in luck! Great Western Power Co in Oakland is offering a new time slot for a old class. By popular demand, there will be class on Mondays at 8:30pm. If you’ve never taken a Cardio Boxing class, check out this video to find out more. […]

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Back on My Feet at LA Boulders

LA Boulders recently had the pleasure of hosting Back on My Feet, an organization that helps individuals struggling with addiction and homelessness get back on their feet through running. Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so […]

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