Visiting a Touchstone Climbing Gym, you might have noticed climbers struggling up the practice cracks. Their hands covered in white tape, sometimes wincing in pain, as they jam their hands and feet into the cracks to move upwards. The cracks are not obvious, and these features, molded to varying widths, often go unnoticed unless someone is climbing them. For people who are new to climbing, understanding how to even begin crack climbing can be one of the biggest challenges.
But never fear! The Touchstone Clinics are here to help! Taught by experienced staff, these clinics offer climbers of all levels the chance to learn about and explore new climbing disciplines.
WHERE can I take the crack clinic? This clinic is offered at Mission Cliffs, Berkeley Ironworks, MetalMark Climbing and Fitness, Great Western Power Company, and Diablo Rock Gym.
WHEN is the crack clinic offered? The clinic is offered monthly. This month the crack climbing clinic will be held at Great Western Power Co in Oakland on Saturday, October 24th from 5pm – 7pm and at MetalMark Climbing in Fresno on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Taught by veteran crack climber Andrew Jackson, this is the perfect chance to learn to crack climb. Along with 2 hours of climbing and technique instruction, you’ll also learn how to make tape gloves.