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Meet the Panelists of Woman Up 2019

Part of our mission for the Woman Up Climbing Festival is to encourage womxn to share their stories and experiences across the climbing industry. The Woman Up panel closes out the entire event, creating space to carry the conversations started at the festival into the world at large. This year’s panel theme is Breaking Boundaries, […]

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Meet the Routesetters of Woman Up 2019

Of the many things that make the Woman Up Climbing Festival so special, our all-female routesetting crew may be our favorite. With a handful of return setters from previous Woman Up events and a batch of new Touchstone setters, we’re certain these ladies are going to set some absolute classics for the comp on July […]

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A Youthful Reminder: Optimist Youth Homes at Verdigo Boulders

  By KJ de Jesus. “I think it’s important for us as a society to remember that the youth within juvenile justice systems are, most of the time, youths who simply haven’t had the right mentors and supporters around them—because of circumstances beyond their control.” –Q’orianka Kilcher We all climb for different reasons—some folks enjoy […]

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One Step at A Time: Life Lessons from Climbing with Life Academy

  Life Academy of Health and Bioscience is a small public high school in Oakland that prepares students in grades 6 through 12 to become our future health professionals. Life Academy has been coming to our San Francisco and East Bay gyms for several years, and it’s always an honor to be a part of […]

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The New California Classics: Lost Rocks

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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Pride 2019: The California-Wide Queer Climbing Community

Pride Month is one of our favorite times of year here at Touchstone, and we’re doing it up bigger than ever in 2019 across all our gyms. From after hours parties to Pride parades to special, limited edition swag supporting California LGBTQ+ organizations, we’re proud to celebrate our queer fam and honor the memory of […]

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How to Build a Touchstone Gym

With nearly 25 years’ experience building gyms, we at Touchstone have learned quite a lot about the process. But what exactly goes in to making a gym? We sat down with Jeffery Bowling, our Creative & Business Development Director, to give us a little more background on what goes into making a Touchstone gym from […]

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Pasadena Gym Update: Full Steam Ahead!

Good news, everyone— We have our building permits from the City of Pasadena for our new SoCal rope gym location! We are in the process of coordinating with subcontractors, ordering materials, and lining up our crew to start work on site soon. We are almost done with wall design, too, and think you’re going to […]

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The New California Classics: Lost in Space

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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Covenant House Climbs at Hollywood Boulders

Photos by Fred Pompermeyer. Covenant House California is a nonprofit organization that provides sanctuary and support for youth ages 18–24 facing homelessness and human trafficking. They’ve been offering crucial services to address the holistic health of their beneficiaries since 1988, including meals, case management, education, medical care, internships, and clothing. Hollywood Boulders has been proud […]

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