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8 Session Climbing Progression Clinic

Diablo Rock Gym will be offering a 1 month progression clinic in July, where participants meet twice a week to improve their climbing, train, and make friends! This clinic is geared towards  beginner to intermediate climbers. During the first session, you’ll work with our wonderful instructor Julie to set goals based on YOUR skills and […]

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Members of the Month: Tracie & Steven Podsednik

In our last Members of the Month feature, we met Skimra and Alex who found love at Sacramento Pipeworks. This time around, we are lucky enough to showcase the couple that brought them together! While Tracie and Steven did not meet at the gym, they have a positive story of their own to share. Pour […]

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Boys and Girls Club visits Diablo Rock Gym

This week the Boys and Girls Club of the Diablo Valley visited Diablo Rock Gym in Concord as a part of their weekly summer camp. The club is dedicated to ‘engaging children and their communities in productive and responsible interactions. This translates into improved school attendance, improved grades, and the desire to pursue a post-secondary education.’ […]

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The 10 Best Summer Climbing Reads

Summer time offers longer days and a great opportunity to dig into the adventure of climbing. For those looking for a good adventure in arm chair mountaineering, there are hundreds of options. We narrowed down 10 great choices to add to your summer reading list. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson When Joe Simpson broke his leg falling […]

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Team Touchstone Athlete Profile: Hannah Donnelly

Team Touchstone, our competitive youth climbing team, is made up of a veritable cornucopia of crushers of all ages.  Meet the kids who are representing us at competitions around the country – nah – world! This week we sat down with veteran comp climber Hannah Donnelly. Name: Hannah Donnelly Age: 18 Years climbing: 8 Years […]

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Recap: TCS2015 at GWPC

The 2015 Touchstone Climbing Series is almost half way through – which means it’s rope finale time! Our members and guests have climbed at MetalMark Climbing in Fresno, Diablo Rock Gym in Concord, The Studio Climbing in San Jose and Great Western Power Co in Oakland. On Saturday, June 27th, competitors will come together to […]

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This Saturday: TCS Rope Finale at Mission Cliffs!

What’s Going On This Weekend? This Saturday, June 27th will be the fifth and final competition in the 2015 Touchstone Climbing Series for Roped Climbing. Nearly 1000 individual climbers turned up for the four competitions that took place earlier this year at Touchstone gyms in Fresno, Concord, San Jose, and Oakland. On Saturday, the competition […]

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Summer Bouldering in Tuolumne

Summer temps can be hard for climbing. The Bay area can be foggy and balmy. Yosemite Valley can hit the upper 90s. The gym tends to be a little too much during the nice summer days. Thankfully, there are other options. One of the best is the bouldering in the Sierra, in Tuolumne. Located at […]

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Learning to Boulder Outside

While many gym climbers prefer to keep their climbing inside, inevitably some will feel the call of the wild and want to take their crushing into the great outdoors. We feel a responsibility to educate and mentor our members and guests who decide to climb on real rock. When climbing outside, paying attention to access issues and […]

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DRG Member Spotlight: Joey Frantz

What do water polo, swing dancing and climbing all have in common? Joey Frantz, a Diablo Rock gym member, has done them all! Guest blogger Diane Payes sat down with Joey to find out more. Water polo, swing dancing AND climbing?! What came first?!  My fascination with movement began when I was still a small kid. […]

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