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What Ever Happened To..? Emily Dionne

Who are you? I’m Emily Dionne! When did you work at Diablo Rock Gym? I think I started around 2009. I worked full time for DRG until 2013 when Grad School got in the way! I continued to help out until I moved to Oregon last year. What is your favorite memory of working at DRG? I loved […]

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Hans Florine Makes His 100th Ascent of the Nose

By Jayme Moye On Saturday September 12, Hans Florine climbed the Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park for the 100th time. The Nose, one of the most challenging climbs in the world, follows the massive prow of El Cap, a 3,000-foot sheer granite monolith. Florine’s accomplishment is a new world record in […]

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Member of the Month: Mark Cicak

At 6’6” and towering high above the heads of most people, our next Member of the Month out of Sacramento Pipeworks tells us tales of the early days. An avid outdoor climber, once in awhile you can find him indoors too! We had a moment to chat about the future of our sport, and the […]

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Memories from Touchstone San Jose

To celebrate Touchstone’s 20th Anniversary on October 2nd, this month we’re taking a walk down memory lane. Long before The Studio Climbing was Downtown San Jose’s premier indoor climbing gym, there was Touchstone San Jose. Art Balaoro shared some of his memories from this gym that closed in 2009.  Oh man… There are so many […]

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Cliffs of Id: September Construction Update

Cliffs of Id, Touchstone Climbing’s largest gym to date, is currently under construction in Culver City. Here are frequently asked questions that we’ve been getting. When are you going to open? 2015 That’s not a date… That’s not a question… Ok ok, I’m really really excited about this gym and I want to climb here, like, […]

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September Climbing Clinics

September, or “SENDtember”, is a particularly exciting month for those who want to hone their skills at Touchstone Climbing. We have a wide array of clinics going down at each gym, but here are some extra special clinics coming up in September. If you want to climb on real rock, perfect your competition climbing, or join an on-going […]

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Micky’s Cycle Through the Sierras

This summer MetalMark Climbing desk staffer Michelle left her house in Clovis, California, and ended up in Bishop! “It took 9 days, and when I finished the ride through  Yosemite I didn’t really want to stop,” said Michelle. “I loved the feeling of just being able to go and do what ever. Even if that means […]

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The Leadville 100 MTB

Have you ever thought about your climbing habit and wondered if you should pick up an endurance sport to round things out? Any while you’re at it, something that engages the lower half of your body? Markham Connolly, Touchstone’s Director of Operations, can relate to your quest. Fifty years young and an avid cyclist, Connolly decided to compete in […]

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Where Are They Now? Zenohe “Z” Mora

As we draw closer to celebrating Touchstone’s 20th Anniversary, we’re taking a walk down memory lane and running to old staff members! Our staff is the bread and butter of our company, and while we’re always sad to see them go, it’s so fun to see what they’re up to these days! Who are you? […]

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American Ninja Warrior Training at Dogpatch Boulders

If you’re an American Ninja Warrior fan, Megan Martin, Isaac Caldiero, and Noah Tal Kaufman are becoming household names. These climbers have performed well in the TV show and proven that climbers have the finger strength, balance and body awareness to levitate up the Walking Bar, float along the Tilting Slider, and slam dunk the Warped Wall. Their success has inspired non-climbers to […]

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