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Mt Woodson Trip Report

Trip Report by Dean Flemming  Beyond the bustling San Diego suburb of Poway, Highway 67 shortly gains the summit of a rocky inland ridge. Just before the apex of this ridge, views of too-good-to-be-unclimbed boulders dominate every bend in the road. The sight of Mount Woodson would sweat the palms of any climber’s hands. Glassy […]

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TCS Bouldering Finale Showdown at Dogpatch Boulders

By Maxine Speier On Saturday, November 21st, Dogpatch Boulders hosted the final Touchstone Climbing Series competition of 2015. Climbers from across California and from all of the Touchstone gyms gathered in San Francisco to take part in the bouldering comp and to witness the cash-prize finale showdown. The competition, which was open to climbers of […]

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Member Spotlight: Zack DeFazio

You know the guy. The one you’ve seen (literally) grow up right before your eyes and turn into quite the crusher in just a few short years. The one who is at the gym for hours on end, training daily. The one who was quickly picked up as an athlete ambassador by FrictionLabs with more […]

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Body Work On The Road

I twisted my body on the sloping hold, stabbed my right foot and felt a sharp pain between my shoulder blades. I came off the boulder problem and felt a knife in my spine. This time, I was fortunate enough to be climbing in the Bay Area. I received a 15-minute massage at Berkeley Ironworks […]

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International Climber’s Festival

Before the dynamic duo behind the RV Project took to the open road, they were familiar faces around our gyms in the Bay Area. We check in from time to time to see what life is like for this dream team. Last weekend Spencer and Vikki hit up the International Climber’s Festival in Lander, Wyoming and […]

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Fundraiser BBQ a Huge Success

Big thanks to everyone who came out to climb into the wee hours of the night at Dogpatch Boulders last month! We invited our members and guests to ring in the foggy San Francisco summer with bouldering, BBQ, and beer till midnight – all for a good cause! With the help of day passes dues, donations, […]

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Redpointing Tactics

In the mid-1970s, Kurt Albert painted a red X on the Frankenjura’s fixed pins. Once he was able to climb past the red pins without using them, he would put a red dot at the base of the route. The birth of the Rotpunkt, the red point began nearly forty years ago. Since Albert’s early […]

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Onsighting in Spain

“The first step is realizing that it’s possible,” Ethan Pringle advised me. While climbing in Siurana, a crimpy limestone area in Catalonia, Spain, I wanted to onsight 7b+ (5.12c). I’d managed to tick off a number of 7a+ (.5.12a) routes and had built a solid base. The past few days, I’d been trying more 7bs […]

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About First Ascents: Climbing the New Lines

“This is so exciting,” Randy Puro said. A half dozen climbers threw themselves at an undone boulder problem near the Merced River. They could barely get off the ground until someone discovered a match and wild hamhock maneuver. They climbed higher until a hold broke. They stayed with it despite the setback. They all wanted […]

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TCS2014 Bouldering Finale at Dogpatch Boulders

On Saturday, Dogpatch Boulders threw open its doors to climbers from all across the state. Some had literally criss-crossed California in order to attend each and every Touchstone Climbing competition this year. Others missed the memo and thought they were there for a normal day of climbing… Imagine their surprise and delight to find that […]

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