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Waiver

LIABILITY WAIVER  Touchstone Climbing is dedicated to creating a safe environment for all participants at our facilities. Climbing is inherently dangerous. Safe practice requires the active involvement of both the climber and the belayer, which dictates the need for personal responsibility, and our requirement that all participants sign a liability release. Our rules and tests […]

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TRS 4 At Great Western Power Company

Touchstone Climbing has been throwing citizen comps for longer than anyone can remember! These events are open to climbers of all levels and bring brand new routes, pizza, beer, t-shirts and prizes to the gyms. Check out this highlight video from our 2010 rope competition at Great Western Power Company in Oakland! To find out […]

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MetalMark Construction Update

Work on Metal Mark, Touchstone Climbing’s newest gym in Fresno, California, has been moving along smoothly. The steel beams and supports for the building have been erected. The roof is up and insulated already and they finished with the lower roof where the locker rooms, fitness rooms, and office are. Last week, they started on […]

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The Sandbagger: Profile of IW’s John Schmid

At 5’8” 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, the 29 year old John Schmid appears like a mild mannered rock climber. After receiving a biology degree from Colorado College, where he began rock climbing ten years ago, Schmid moved to the bay area to take up a job that would support his climbing […]

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Help V10 Joe Head to Nationals

Josef “V10 Joe” Maier, an 18 year old senior at El Camino, is a Pipeworks staple. If you’ve stepped foot in the gym in the last four years, you have probably seen Joe bouldering somewhere in the gym. The Sacramento high school student began climbing at Pipeworks when he was 13. An older friend brought […]

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Columbia Bouldering: Sonora’s Compact Marble

The Gold Rush of 1940 brought unearthed lots of gold in the Sierra Foothills. The hydraulic mining also uncovered a mother lode of bouldering near Columbia College in Sonora. The rock in Columbia is a highly compacted marble requiring body tension and an ability to hang open handed on many of the holds. “It’s like […]

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Castle Rock Bouldering: How to Mantle

In the hills just south of San Jose are a cluster of sandstone boulders. When the winter days are cold, the friction on these rounded Font like blobs becomes amazing. For those looking to do some weekend bouldering near the bay area, Castle Rock is a great option. One of the most important skills required […]

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Thick Rope Climbing

The standard way to climb a rope is to use your legs, arms, and core to move upward. At the bottom of the rope is a knot, which helps people mount the rope by placing their feet on either side of it. Using your arms to keep your body steady, move your feet up the […]

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Member Profile: Karl Aguilar

Karl Aguilar, a 37-year-old hardware store manager in San Francisco, has been climbing for 13 years at Mission Cliffs. Aguilar has traveled across the world climbing, sport climbing in Austria, making an ascent of El Capitan’s Zodiac, and clipping bolts on the sandstone of the south-east with his wife, Audrey Bodisco. Aguilar took some time […]

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