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The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Vaughn Medford Retires from Pipeworks After 19 Years

  By Jason Bove. “Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…” —Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead, “Scarlet Begonias”) After 19 years, Vaughn Medford is retiring from Sacramento Pipeworks. In a post by a friend and gym member on the Pipeworks Facebook page, […]

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Remembering Dave Altman

By Janet Wells. Pioneering climber and Berkeley Ironworks strength guru Dave Altman, 68, died early Tuesday morning on November 10, 2020 when the van he called home caught fire. Part of the Touchstone family for more than two decades, Dave—whose legendary feats of strength included a one-finger pull-up with 50 pounds in the other hand—helped […]

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The History of Berkeley Climbing: Part 1

By Jeffrey Kosoff. Header photo courtesy of the Sarah Wikander collection. Hello to Berkeley Ironworks and our greater Touchstone Climbing communities! Given the fact that we are all stuck here at home patiently biding our time waiting for this pandemic to subside, what better opportunity to dive in and reflect on our roots as climbers; […]

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QuaranGAINS: Maintaining Strength and Power with At-Home Workouts

  By Matthew Moreno. Matt is a current front desk staff at Cliffs of Id. Matt received his M.S. in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, and has conducted exercise science research with the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.  One of the biggest fears of any gym bro is: “What […]

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Who Set This Round 4: A Mini Interview Series with the SoCal Routesetters

  By Zoey Grinstead With the gyms closed and everyone given the order to stay at home, we at Touchstone Climbing are doing everything we can to stay positive, motivated, and active. Our routesetters are not shy to that last one. Every day they’re up and down ropes and ladders, constantly moving piles of rocks […]

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The Brown Ascenders Featured in Outside Magazine

Outside Magazine recently ran an article about The Brown Ascenders, the BIPOC climbing superheroes you’ll see at least once a month at Dogpatch Boulders, Berkeley Ironworks, and our other Bay gyms like Great Western Power Co. They are doing incredibly important work in the climbing community and we’re thrilled to see them getting broader recognition. […]

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Who Set This Round 3: A Mini Interview Series with the SoCal Routesetters

  By Zoey Grinstead With the gyms closed and everyone given the order to stay at home, we at Touchstone Climbing are doing everything we can to stay positive, motivated, and active. Our routesetters are not shy to that last one. Every day they’re up and down ropes and ladders, constantly moving piles of rocks […]

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Who Set This Round 2: A Mini Interview Series with the SoCal Routesetters

  By Zoey Grinstead With the gyms closed and everyone given the order to stay at home, we at Touchstone Climbing are doing everything we can to stay positive, motivated, and active. Our routesetters are not shy to that last one. Every day they’re up and down ropes and ladders, constantly moving piles of rocks […]

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Who Set This? A Mini Interview Series with the SoCal Routesetters

  By Zoey Grinstead With the gyms closed and everyone given the order to stay at home, we at Touchstone Climbing are doing everything we can to stay positive, motivated, and active. Our routesetters are not shy to that last one. Every day they’re up and down ropes and ladders, constantly moving piles of rocks […]

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Green Light Get Outside at Sacramento Pipeworks

By Jason Bove and Jason Spencer. Header photo by Saki Cake. As climbers know, there is much more to climbing than just getting yourself to the top of a route. Whether you are pushing or pulling, or doing it right or wrong, you are still using your body to exert the energy required to do […]

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