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Cliffs of Id Open House and Vendor Fair

The Cliffs of Id, Southern California’s newest climbing gym, is set to open in September, 2015. But the climbing community isn’t wasting any time! We’re hosting a 2nd Open House on Monday, June 8th from 6pm-9pm to answer questions, give curious climbers a tour of the completed bouldering area, hand out shwag and more! Because suuuuure, you know […]

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Climbing Summer Camp in Oakland

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to spend it than learning to rock climb with your friends?! We sat down with Great Western Power Company’s Kids Camp Directors Carole Ryu and Jaclyn Clark to get the details on their plans for rock climbing summer camp in Oakland. “Summer vacations are such a memorable […]

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Learning to Climb with our Tracks Program

Touchstone has always been a home base for experienced climbers to improve their skills, as well as a place soon-to-be climbers learn the ropes for the first time. We’re happy to announce that this year we’re rolling out a new clinic tracks program to help people improve, advance, and work towards specific goals. Staffer Ryan Moon […]

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Pipeworks Bouldering Making Headlines

Sacramento Pipeworks has undergone some exciting changes in the last year, and it’s got everyone talking! Recently the Sacramento Bee featured the gym in an article about the gym’s growth. via The Sacramento Bee A North Sacramento company has more of its customers climbing the walls. And that’s a good thing. Sacramento Pipeworks, a rock-climbing center that opened […]

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Pringle on Jumbo Love

May 17th, 2015- Ethan Pringle flew ninety feet past North America’s hardest route Jumbo Love (5.15b). After completing the second ascent of the Chris Sharma test piece, Pringle took an enormous victory jump at the Third Tier at Clark Mountain, California.  The nearly 29 year old Pringle began working the route in 2007 with Chris […]

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Dogpatch Boulders Featured in Neighborhood Project

When someone walks into Dogpatch Boulders for the first time, sometimes it’s hard for the front desk to get their attention. “People’s attention is immediately drawn to the towering bouldering walls just over the shoulder of the front desk staff,” said Dogpatch Boulders manager Justin Alarcon. “When we first opened, one journalist referred to our […]

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Next Stop for Team Touchstone: Divisional Championships!

By now, you’ve surely seen the members of California’s newest competitive youth climbing team doing their thing at our various gyms. If you’ve stopped to ask “Who are these kids?” or “How are they running laps on my project?”, ponder no longer. The young climbers you see tearing up the walls in our gyms are members […]

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Matt Ulery Wins Access Fund Sharp End Award

Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to protecting America’s climbing. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community. We’re honored that one of our own made the list! Matt Ulery who works behind the desk at Berkeley Ironworks […]

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Dogpatch Boulders Welcomes the June Jordan School for Equity

Dogpatch Boulders is a haven for boulderers of every variety; gym rats, causal climbers, the new, the old, and the in between. But it is also a fantastic place for kids and young adults to move, climb, and challenge themselves. Since a pillar of Touchstone Climbing’s identity is active involvement in community outreach, the gym frequently invites local […]

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Joey Kinder in Norway and the Ballenstein Festivallen

Recently, Touchstone athlete Joey Kinder headed to Norway for a three week trip. This is his second time to the country. He traveled there last year to climb at the notoriously difficult Flatanger Cave. He spoke a bit with the Touchstone blog about his trip. Why did you want to go there? My buddy Henning […]

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