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Building Trust and Connection Through Climbing

We work hard to bring underprivileged groups and individuals to our gyms to introduce the wonderful world of climbing to those who might not have otherwise found it. Erin Johnson, a family therapist at Coyote Coast Youth and Family Therapy Center, brings his young clients to several Touchstone gyms to build trust and connection through climbing. Coyote […]

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Training for TCS 2016 with Nick Bradley

With the time management struggles of starting college, I found it too difficult to go through with national-level youth and adult competitions. However, I’ve always loved competition and the rigorous training required to push myself to perform the best that I can, which is where the Touchstone Climbing Series comes into play. TCS2016 is a […]

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One Step at a Time: Clean Up Day at Nosos

We’ve got this beautiful boulder field that we want to get around. More people will come. Maybe 5, maybe 10…maybe more. As we found out from Ty Tyler’s visit, we can’t build trails on National Forest Service land, but we don’t want future climbers to get lost and have to bushwhack, creating more impact and […]

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Zen and the Art of Letting Go of Your Project

I wrapped my left thumb and index finger around the razor-sharp, Buttermilk gaston and pulled up onto my right foot. Nope. That’s not the move. With a thud, I’m back on the pad. Cursing, I notice an aching pain in my left index finger. Split…. Badly. My first day in the high desert is off […]

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Member Profile: Stephanie Goodner

Some of the best parts of these interviews include specific insights and peeks inside someone’s the true personality. Today, when I asked our next Member of the Month for some photos that I could include in the interview, I received this response: ‘I have had some difficulty finding pictures, but am going to send you […]

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Courageous Girls Climb at Mission Cliffs

San Francisco-based Courageous Girls is a nonprofit dedicated to healing and empowering sexually abused girls through physical endurance, trauma healing and mindfulness meditation. On April 1st, Courageous Girls will bring a select group of young women survivors from Nepal and San Francisco on a guided trek to base camp Mount Everest, where they’ll be inspired […]

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Touchstone Racers Go Off Road for 24 Hours in Old Pueblo

And you thought your Valentines date was a little prickly? Try cuddling up next to a jumping cholla cactus! Five Touchstone members spent the Day of Love getting cozy with some Sonoran single track at the “24 Hours in Old Pueblo” mountain bike relay race. That’s right – Team Touchstone spent 24 hours on their […]

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Ethan Pringle and La Reina Mora (5.14d)

To Pro·ject a route: \tə prä-ˌjektˈā rau̇t\ verb To try a route over and over and over and over and over and over and over, with the goal of completing the route without falling. See Redpointing.  We’ve all projected a route and gone through the emotional ups and downs of failure. In this video, Touchstone athlete Ethan […]

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CoachArt and Climbing at Great Western Power Company

“They were telling us everything they were going to do to Ella. Your whole life is turned upside down. You know, and it’s your kid so it’s not like, ‘Oh she’s lived a good life,’ No it’s like, ‘Oh she needs to have a life.’” – Gene Wade, Ella’s father. Cancer is terrible. There’s something […]

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Trip Report: Table Mountain

Table Mountain Table Mountain’s walls can be easily spotted from the Highway 49 / Highway 108 junction, and from the roads surrounding New Melones Reservoir in the Central Sierra foothills of Tuolumne County. Because of their obvious position, the cliffs have no doubt sparked an interest in the area’s earliest climbers, and although the walls […]

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