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The New California Classics: Yosemite’s One-Star Circuit

Dean Fleming was born and raised in Sonora, CA, the gateway to Yosemite Valley. Once the youngest certified professional climbing guide in the country, he eventually combined his love of writing, photography, earth science, and rock climbing into a career of sharing his stoke and expertise through publishing. Dean is the author of the Columbia Bouldering […]

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Meet Sidney from WorkAbility at Cliffs of Id

If you’ve seen a friendly new face at Cliffs of Id lately, it’s likely that you’ve met Sidney! Sidney is a part of the WorkAbility Program and will be helping us out at the gym for a few hours per week this semester. His job coach, Michelle, is here to introduce Sidney and WorkAbility’s mission. […]

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Meet the Manager: Jessica Wan at Great Western Power Co.

There’s a new sheriff in town at Great Western Power Co.—her name is Jessica Wan, and she is a superstar! Jess worked her way up from belay staff at Berkeley Ironworks and we couldn’t be happier to have her as GW’s GM. Get to know a little bit about her here so you’ll have something […]

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The 2019 Joe’s Valley Bouldering Fest

By Spenser Tang-Smith. Spenser Tang-Smith 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. Now, Spenser’s here to tell you about The Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival on September 26-29th, a.k.a. […]

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The New California Classics: Sonora Pass Bouldering

Dean Fleming was born and raised in Sonora, CA, the gateway to Yosemite Valley. Once the youngest certified professional climbing guide in the country, he eventually combined his love of writing, photography, earth science, and rock climbing into a career of sharing his stoke and expertise through publishing. Dean is the author of the Columbia […]

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MetalMark Climbing Featured on Live TV

We love the Great Day segment on KMPH Fox26 News and were so pleased that Esmi Careaga came by to check out MetalMark Climbing yesterday! Nothing beats showing people our favorite sport in one of our favorite gyms Thanks for being brave with us, Esmi! Check out the full feature and all the great videos […]

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2019 Tahoe Bouldering Competition

Former Bay Area resident and Touchstone employee Chris Bloch is organizing this year’s 8th annual Tahoe Bouldering Competition on Saturday September 21, 2019! It’s got great sponsors, vendor booths, $8,000-worth of amazing prizes, and a $2,000 cash purse, so don’t miss out on the fun! “This competition is for all ages and abilities and will […]

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Donate Your Gear to Bay Area Wilderness Training at Touchstone Gyms

  By Bay Area Wilderness Training. Throughout the month of September, Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), a local non-profit, located just a couple miles away from Great Western Power Company in the heart of Oakland, will be partnering with Bay Area Touchstone gyms to collect donations of used outdoor gear. On Saturday October 5th, BAWT […]

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Climbing Towards Confidence at Sacramento Pipeworks

By Jason Bove. Recently, Sacramento Pipeworks hosted a group that joined us from Lutheran Social Services (LSS). For many years now, LSS has been instrumental in providing assistance throughout Northern California for individuals and families that have previously experienced homelessness and are now on-track to rebuild their lives. According to the LSS website, “Every year, LSS […]

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The New California Classics: Tuolumne River Deep Water Soloing

  Dean Fleming was born and raised in Sonora, CA, the gateway to Yosemite Valley. Once the youngest certified professional climbing guide in the country, he eventually combined his love of writing, photography, earth science, and rock climbing into a career of sharing his stoke and expertise through publishing. Dean is the author of the […]

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