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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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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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The New California Classics: Zephyr Boulders

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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Brent Kobs & Adaptive Climbing at Diablo Rock Gym

We have some truly exceptional people in our Touchstone community, and one of them is Brent Kobs, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and the leader of our adaptive climbing program at Diablo Rock Gym. Brent brings his wealth of knowledge and experience as a DPT and CSCS to climbers and athletes […]

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What’s in a Wall? Touchstone Climbing Wall Design Q&A

Gym layout and amenities are certainly important factors in developing incredible facilities, but what truly sets Touchstone Climbing gyms apart is our wall design. Designing climbing walls that are thoughtful, aesthetically pleasing, and serve a wide variety of needs is a group effort. We sat down with two powerhouses on our wall design team, Lyn […]

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