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Ironworks Staffer and BACC Founder Matt Ulery Featured in Climbing Magazine

We’ve always loved Matt Ulery, from when he worked front desk at Berkeley Ironworks to his current position as part of the Touchstone retail staff. Matt has done so much for the climbing community by founding the Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and we are so proud to see him recognized in Climbing Magazine‘s “The Givers” […]

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It’s Happening! Touchstone Climbing Coming to Pasadena in 2018

  After years of false starts and hard work, we are thrilled to announce that Touchstone Climbing will be opening a 25,000 square foot climbing facility just north of downtown Pasadena! This will be our second roped facility in Southern California, offering world-class top rope, lead climbing, and bouldering terrain, as well as the comprehensive […]

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“Failure Training” in LA

One of our LA members recently opened up on Lifehacker about a quirk of rock climbing: the necessity of failure for improvement. In her article “How Rock Climbing is Helping Me Get Over My Fear of Failure,” Stephanie Lee outlines how climbing (and falling) at LA Boulders and Cliffs of Id has helped her to remember that […]

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Climbing.com Features Stone Age Climbing Holds

Part of what makes the Touchstone family so unique is that we have our own amazing hold manufacturers, Stone Age Climbing Holds. Stone Age gives us the flexibility to dream up exciting new holds for our walls so that we can always challenge and inspire the climbers who come visit our gyms. A couple weeks ago, Andrea […]

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Reel Rock Fest at Mission Cliffs

By Mailee Hung.  This year Reel Rock 11 went bigger than ever with Reel Rock Fest, a full weekend of events and excitement with the climbing stars themselves. On Saturday October 1st, we were honored to have Mission Cliffs host a series of clinics with Ashima Shiraishi, Daniel Woods, Conrad Anker, and Brette Harrington, followed […]

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Outside Online Features Hollywood Boulders

Our newest climbing gym in Hollywood, California is making headlines! We were recently featured in an Outside Online profile of the gym. Here is our favorite excerpt from the article: Hollywood, California, has great hiking, amazing live music, and some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in the country. But, until now, it’s offered exactly zero climbing. That’s […]

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Do Beer and Pizza Mix with Rock Climbing

Ever since we announced our plans to open a brewery next door to Sacramento Pipeworks, our members and guests have just one  question….. ‘WHEN?!’ Recently ABC 10 paid a visit to the gym to discuss our plans. Check out the full story and video here.  Most people go to the gym to work off the pizza […]

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Dogpatch Boulders: A Trippy Athletic Landscape For Urban Climbers

Dogpatch Boulders, our bouldering gym in San Francisco California, recently got a write-up in Hoodline, a neighborhood-based San Francisco publication. Check it out to find out more about our upcoming expansion! …Bouldering is a form of rock climbing in which there are no ropes, and the pitches are significantly smaller, usually topping out at around […]

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Sacramento Pipeworks Featured in Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Pipeworks is the largest indoor climbing gym in Sacramento, and a great place to learn how to rock climb for the first time. If you have never climbed before and you’d like to rope up, we offer an Intro to Climbing Class where you’ll learn how to use the climbing harness and gear, belay […]

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Hans Florine Makes His 100th Ascent of the Nose

By Jayme Moye On Saturday September 12, Hans Florine climbed the Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park for the 100th time. The Nose, one of the most challenging climbs in the world, follows the massive prow of El Cap, a 3,000-foot sheer granite monolith. Florine’s accomplishment is a new world record in […]

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