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Not Athletic? No Problem—Climbing is for Everyone!

By Toshiko Shek. Last July, I got my 15th tattoo of a mountain range on the back of my forearm; little did I know it would also foreshadow my life two months later when I started rock climbing. I remember the first time I stepped foot into a climbing gym: It was nearly three years […]

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Member of the Month: Marcus Cortvriendt

By Jason Bove. Our next feature is on someone who has been a recognizable face around the Pipeworks facility for many years now. You may have seen him climbing and working out at night, or during the day, or BOTH! Whenever it was, he is easily remembered for being the nice guy who may have […]

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Meet Pete Edwards, The Studio’s New Manager!

Look out San Jose, because The Studio has a new manager in town…and he’s not really new at all. If you haven’t met Pete yet, you probably haven’t been climbing at The Studio for very long! Pete’s been with us for over four years, working his way up from belay staff to desk staff; now, […]

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The Boyle Heights Boys and Girls Club Partnership with LA Boulders

  By Holly Rock. All photos by Fred Pompermeyer unless otherwise attributed. Working with the kids and staff of the Boyle Heights Boys and Girls Club (VBGC) has been an amazing honor for the LA Boulders team and we are thrilled by the interest this partnership has generated from our members. Having the opportunity to empower […]

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Touchstone Climbing 2018 Year in Review

This has been one heck of a year, friends! We started new partnerships while strengthening old ones, threw some incredible events, from our second annual Woman Up Festival and Battle of the Bay Bouldering Comp to our first Pride Parties, and had the honor of working alongside some of the hardest working orgs in the […]

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Member of the Month, Family Edition: Meet the Hersons

Epics at eight years old. The Nose in a day, without jumars, at 14. And now, the youngest free ascent of The Nose. The Hersons go hard, and they do it with great humor and in great style. Jim and Anne have been part of the Touchstone family since before Mission Cliffs was technically even […]

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Meet Canaan Vallejos, Our First Running Touchstone Athlete

Each one of our Touchstone Athletes embodies our core values, including a commitment to stewardship, community camaraderie, and pushing their limits—and Canaan Vallejos, former Dogpatch Boulders desk staff and our first ever running athlete, has all of that in spades. We sat down with him in this interview to get to know more about his […]

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The RV Project Trailer Build: Part 3

The Main Takeaways By Spenser Tang-Smith. This is the third installment in a three-part series from Spenser Tang-Smith, one half of The RV Project’s dynamic duo. Along with his partner Vikki Glinskii, The RV Project is their adventure across America in search of the country’s best climbing and most interesting people. All photos courtesy of RV Proj. If #Vanlife […]

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The RV Project Trailer Build: Part 2

By Spenser Tang-Smith. This is the second installment in a three-part series from Spenser Tang-Smith, one half of The RV Project’s dynamic duo. Along with his partner Vikki Glinskii, The RV Project is their adventure across America in search of the country’s best climbing and most interesting people. All photos courtesy of RV Proj. If #Vanlife has lost its […]

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