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Member of the Month: Tony Lima

By Jason Bove. Like father, like son…like names? Our next installment features friends, family, adventures, and adult gymnastics! In our lives, we have many choices. Some of these help us carve out what is important to us as we try to figure out who we want to be, and what we need to do to […]

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Pasadena Gym Update

For those of you who have been patiently awaiting news about our upcoming rock climbing and fitness gym in Pasadena, we have some updates to share: We recently received feedback on our first round of plans from The City of Pasadena! 🎉🎉 Our second round of plans will be sent early next week. After approval, we […]

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2018 USAC Nationals and the Kids Who Will Crush Them: Team Touchstone Profiles

  Each year, young climbers from around the country compete in the USA Climbing competitive youth circuit, which features both a bouldering season (September–February) and a sport/speed season (March–July). Each season culminates in a National Championship where the top climbers in the U.S. gather to test their climbing at the highest level of competition in […]

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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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