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Whether you are just getting into climbing or still have a box of pitons tucked away in your attic, you've come to the right place. Each gym has a wide variety of terrain to keep everyone busy. 

I've climbed before! 

Great! We're glad you're already hooked. Our gyms are designed by climbers, for climbers, so you've come to the right place. To visit any Touchstone gym, you will need to fill out a waiver. Everyone who belays in a  Touchstone gym must first pass our belay check. We want to make sure you are comfortable securing your harness and tying a figure-8 follow through knot. We will also make sure that you can belay safely with an ATC, GriGri or Cinch belay device. Don't be surprised if we issue you a day card and ask you to re-test on your next visit. We simply want to make sure that you understand what we expect in our gyms. But don't worry, belay tests are free and we give them anytime. Once we are confident with your knowledge, we will issue you a card that is valid at any of our climbing gyms. And don't forget to fill out a waiver before you come to save time! 

I've never climbed before!

Phenomenal! Touchstone is a great place to start! If you are coming with a friend who already has a Touchstone Belay card, you're in luck. You may have found yourself a belay slave for the day! If you are coming alone or people who are also new to climbing, we strongly encourage our Intro to Climbing class that happens at set times every day. This class will get you up to speed on the personal responsibility that comes with climbing and the safety checks we require in our gyms. Once you have taken the belay class you are welcome to continue climbing for the rest of the day. The next time you come in, we'll run you through our belay test to make sure you remember what you've learned. Don't be surprised if we issue you a day card and ask that you re-test  on your next visit. We simply want to make sure that you understand what we expect in our gyms. But don't worry, belay tests are free and we give them anytime. Once we are confident with your knowledge, we will issue you a card that is valid at any of our climbing gyms. And don't forget to fill out a waiver before you arrive to save time!

 I'm bringing kids!

Outstanding! Touchstone gyms are kid friendly and a great place to build confidence and have fun! If you are interested in our kids programs, find your home gym and click on the Kids tab. If you are interested in bringing your children in on your own, we recommend taking our Intro to Climbing class ahead of time. This class emphasizes personal responsibility and the safety checks that we require in the gym. Once you have taken the class, you are are welcome to belay your children that same day. Or, you can come back a different day, pass our belay check to make sure you remember the basics, and belay your kids. Don't forget to fill out our online waiver for you and your children before they arrive! 

I want to boulder! 

Fantastic! Bouldering is a class of climbing that has exploded in the past 10 years. No ropes or harness required, just you and the wall! Each of our gyms boasts a large bouldering area where you can climb right away. No class required. If you want to come boulder at one of our gyms, make sure you fill out a waiver, and then come on down! Just remember, use caution and use a spotter! Make sure that you bend your knees when you jump down and land directly in the center of one of the pads. Just ask us at the front desk if you need pointers. And of course rental gear is available if you need it. 

I want to lead climb!

Incredible! Due to the unique terrain and litigious gym setting, we encourage lead climbing but take it very seriously. If you are a proficient lead climber or already lead climb at a different gym, we still require you to first have a top rope belay card from Touchstone and then to take a lead test. You will need your own rope and a partner who either already has their card or is testing as well. During the lead test you'll be required to climb steeper 5.10b that you are unfamiliar with and take a small fall from the top of the route. We'll watch your clipping, footwork, and climbing technique. We will also watch you lead belay for your partner, and make sure that you demonstrate safe and proper techniques while belaying and catching your partner. 

If you haven't lead climbed before but would like to learn, we encourage taking a Lead Climbing Clinic, offered at all of our locations. It's also a great idea to mock lead to practice clipping, belaying and rope management. 

Fitness 

Oh yes. There's more. Touchstone was the first company to decide that indoor climbing facilities could be more than just colorful holds and stucco. Each of our gyms is equipped with a weight room, cardio machines, a fitness room and a myriad of classes to keep your workouts fun and engaging. It's not just another gym with rows of treadmills, it's a community of health conscious people looking to have fun and get fit. All fitness classes are free to members and guests can always pay for a drop in. 

To find out what classes are available, check out the class schedule at your local gym. 

Yoga

Yoga is here to stay. (Yes!) All of our gyms offer multiple classes every day in beautiful studios. Our instructors are friendly and inclusive, so don't worry if it's your first class! Just let the instructor know and they'll be sure to keep an eye on you and help modify poses if need be. All yoga classes are free to members and guests can always pay a drop in fee. Mats and equipment are provided. 

For class schedules and descriptions, check out the class schedule at your local gym. 

Indoor Cycling 

Indoor cycling is a valuable part of our fitness repertiore. Each gym offers classes multiple times a day and each has an active cycling community. Our bikes are Schwinn and while most are clip in pedals, there are a few with cages so you can ride in your tennis shoes. 

For times and days, check out the class schedule at your local gym. 

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