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Queer Crush, Pride Parties, and Lots of Love: Pride 2018 at Touchstone

  June is one of our favorite months of the year, because it’s PRIDE MONTH! We love taking this time to celebrate our beautiful, diverse community and to honor the lives of those who made this month possible. This year, we are celebrating with new Pride stickers and Pride shirts, 100% of the proceeds of […]

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The 8B Challenge Report

By Spenser Tang-Smith. Spenser is 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, with the exception of Spenser’s John Sherman tribute. People often associate me with […]

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Hans Florine on Epics, El Cap, and One-Arm Pull-Ups

Speed climbing extraordinaire and Diablo Rock Gym manager Hans Florine took a nasty fall on El Capitan on May 3rd. We caught up with him to hear more about his death-defying experience and learn how to get back up from the best. You’re something of a legend in the climbing world! Can you tell us […]

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Member of the Month, Couples Edition: Clinton and Leia Bailey

  By Jason Bove. Tip your glasses and congratulate our next Members of the Month, Clinton and Leia on marriage, travels, and homeownership! You can almost always find them around the gym, but if you miss them, they may be on your next flight out of town in search of their newest adventure. They are […]

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Elise Gets Her Psych Back: Tufas, 8b’s, and Bread in Granada

Elise Buser is a Touchstone athlete, part time Touchstone routesetter, and full time crusher. She has sent V9 and 5.13 outside, podiumed multiple times in ABS Regionals and Divisionals, and participated in Nationals three times. She is currently pursuing a Neuroscience major at UC Davis. When not climbing, she is likely studying redox reactions, drawing geometric cats, or […]

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Meet the Manager: KJ de Jesus of Verdigo Boulders

With the Grand Opening Party right around the corner, we thought it was time to introduce the world to Verdigo Boulders‘ incredible manager, KJ! She is smart, silly, and perma-stoked, and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to run our newest bouldering gym. Read on to get the answers to your most pressing questions about […]

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Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas: Ethan Pringle’s Send of The Nest (V15)

  By Ethan Pringle. 2014: The Quest for the Nest The Nest is tucked deep in First Creek Canyon, in Red Rock, NV, about an hour hike west of HWY 159. Local developers Kenny Barker and Andy Rather, who were searching for FAs in the canyon in the winter of 2013/14, discovered the line and […]

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Ruth Asawa at Dogpatch Boulders

Climbers often insist that, in addition to being a great workout and a fun way to interact with the outdoors, rock climbing is a creative activity. Boulder problems are puzzles to be solved using your body, oftentimes in configurations that are pretty specific to your strengths and dimensions. It’s no wonder then that students from […]

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Gym to Crag Bishop Clean Up

Photos by Paulina Dao. Our favorite climbing places in the world are getting loved to death, and we have to be their active stewards if we want to continue climbing in them. Touchstone is passionate about outdoor access and stewardship, which is why we regularly host Gym to Crag events to talk about best practices […]

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The Tortoise and the Hare: Six Days on The Nose

By Miles Fullman. All photos by Miles Fullman and Eli Spitulnic. I first started climbing with Touchstone during a summer camp in 2010 at Diablo Rock Gym. Loving everything about the sport, I checked out the teen climbing teams at Diablo, Berkeley Ironworks, and Great Western Power Co. I decided to join Ryan Moon’s team […]

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