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Contra Costa Science and Engineering Fair Winners Climb at DRG

  Dear Diablo Rock Gym, Thank you for your generous gift of gym time and all the gear for the winners of the Contra Costa Science and Engineering Fair. In total we had five students and two parents participate on Sunday, August 28th. Even though none of the students had ever climbed at a gym […]

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TCS2016 Finale and Grand Opening at Cliffs of Id FAQ’s

On Saturday, Cliffs of Id will host the finale of the Sothern California Touchstone Climbing Series. TCS2016 is our very own, homegrown comp series that tours every single Touchstone Climbing Gym. Saturday marks the end of the bouldering SoCal section, and is not to be missed! And if that wasn’t enough for you, we’ll be […]

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Member Profile: Ron Manara

Perhaps while watching the Olympic games in Rio, it dawned on you that those incredible gymnasts could be pretty decent climbers… Or maybe your own background in gymnastics has made YOU a better climber! We sat down with Sacramento Pipeworks member and UC Davis coach Ron Manara to learn about the parallels between climbing and […]

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Letting Kids Be Kids with Door of Hope

Door of Hope Door of Hope works with families that are overcoming homelessness. We equip them with housing through our three locations, provide them with numerous resources, and ensure that their transition into stable housing is as smooth as possible. For the kids, we have after-school programs that provide academic help, life skills lessons, and intentional structuring […]

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Rope Climbing FAQ at Cliffs of Id

The wait is almost over – and we’re SO excited to be days away from introducing amazing rope climbing to Los Angeles! If you’re a route climber in the area and can’t wait to rope up, here are some things to know. Tell us about belay devices! Dealer’s choice! You can use ATC’s, Gri-Gri’s, cinches… pretty […]

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On the Nose Book Tour

Hans Florine has been a familiar face in the Touchstone Community for years; first as a climber, then a consultant for our indoor crack systems, and finally as the manager of Diablo Rock Gym in Concord, Ca. Hans also has a few other accolades up his sleeve… He holds numerous speed climbing records around the world and […]

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Cliffs of Id Becomes Basecamp for FutureScouts

…The kids are alright. This summer Cliffs of Id opened their doors to FutureScouts, a group dedicated to preparing youth with survival skills for the 21st century. The focus on the ability to problem-solve, model complex systems, evaluate knowledge and create their own narratives. Through a two-week summer program, FutureScouts provides experiences and tools that […]

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New Touchstone Climbing Logo

We’re so proud to unveil our brand new Touchstone Climbing logo! When we first opened our doors in 1995, Coolio dominated the airwaves and Michael Jordan had just come out of retirement. In San Francisco, we were hard at work building Mission Cliffs, the largest climbing gym in the country. It was a busy year for […]

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Outside Online Features Hollywood Boulders

Our newest climbing gym in Hollywood, California is making headlines! We were recently featured in an Outside Online profile of the gym. Here is our favorite excerpt from the article: Hollywood, California, has great hiking, amazing live music, and some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in the country. But, until now, it’s offered exactly zero climbing. That’s […]

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Indoor Cycling at Berkeley Ironworks

The performance Indoor Cycling Program at Berkeley Ironworks was one of the first spinning programs in the East Bay and has been going strong for over 15 years. Our classes are taught by trained and experienced instructors who are dedicated to cycling and running inside and outside. Our approach to spinning is unique, challenging, and […]

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