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Holiday Gear Sales!

If things like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sleep In and Buy Something Sunday, and Cyber Monday confuse you… chances are you are an outdoor or urban enthusiast who is too busy climbing, hiking and adventuring! Kudos to you. But chances are you still crave a good deal so we have you covered. This December […]

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Ask Ethan: How to Not be a Dirtbag at your Family’s Thanksgiving

  Touchstone Climbing athlete Ethan Pringle isn’t just a one-trick pony. When he’s not crushing jumbo-something, he’s giving sage advice on a wide array of subjects. Got relationship woes? Want to learn if that thing you did at the crag is a total faux pas? Juuuuuust Ask Ethan! [Ask Ethan jingle still in development]   […]

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TCS Bouldering Finale Showdown at Dogpatch Boulders

By Maxine Speier On Saturday, November 21st, Dogpatch Boulders hosted the final Touchstone Climbing Series competition of 2015. Climbers from across California and from all of the Touchstone gyms gathered in San Francisco to take part in the bouldering comp and to witness the cash-prize finale showdown. The competition, which was open to climbers of […]

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Meet Cliffs of Id Manager Remi Moehring

We’re happy to announce that Remi Moehring will be managing our newest gym in Culver City, the Cliffs of Id. Remi got her start with Touchstone Climbing at Mission Cliffs in San Francisco and has been managing LA Boulders for the past two years. We caught up with Remi to find out a bit more about our […]

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Touchstone Climbing in Pasadena

In early 2014, we secured a large building in downtown Pasadena, where we hoped to build a rope climbing and bouldering gym. We were delighted to have found a location that could house our ambitious plans. However, after two years of working out details with a supportive building department, issues arose and came to a […]

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Member Spotlight: Zack DeFazio

You know the guy. The one you’ve seen (literally) grow up right before your eyes and turn into quite the crusher in just a few short years. The one who is at the gym for hours on end, training daily. The one who was quickly picked up as an athlete ambassador by FrictionLabs with more […]

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Rainbow Costumes, Chiseled Biceps & Burpees; My First CrossFit Comp

  Oakland’s Best CrossFit Gym is nestled within Great Western Power Company. CrossFit v16 members enjoy full access to GWPC and make up a wonderful community of athletes. Recently Sydney Mulkey competed in her first CrossFit comp and shared her experience with the Touchstone Climbing and Fitness blog. By Sydney Mulkey Many might shy away from […]

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Outdoor Education with Carlo Traversi

As rock climbing gains popularity, it’s important for climbers to represent ourselves as responsible stewards for the environment in order to maintain access to some of our favorite climbing areas. Touchstone Climbing offers FREE Outdoor Education classes at a number of facilities. These outdoor education classes are required for anyone taking a, outdoor climbing clinic […]

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Member Spotlight: Shaghig and Jonathan Boynton

Sometimes, the story that takes a little longer to write is worth far more than it’s weight in gold. Yet, other times, the folks you write about, live a life that is far more valuable! Adding to the newborn Pipeworks community, we welcome Sako. And, as you may or may not know, Mom and Pop […]

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Call To Prayer: A First Ascent in Morocco

“Morocco is winning,” JT said, examining his stubbed toe. We had spent nearly two weeks climbing in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. Tired after climbing the technical eight hundred meter Oujdad, JT nailed his toe on the rocky descent, putting a large blood blister on his pinky toe. After twelve days of eating soup, living in […]

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