Thanksgiving Hours

Thanksgiving came fast this year.  For those looking to sneak in to the gym before and after the holiday meals, the times of the gyms have changed slightly.

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Diablo Rock Gym- Open November 22, Thanksgiving Day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Berkeley Ironworks- Closed November 22, Thanksgiving Day Weekend hours on Friday, November 23

Great Western Power Company- Closed November 22, Thanksgiving Day- *CrossFit will be doing a special Thanksgiving trail run: 9AM @ Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Friday, November 23: NO CLASSES, gym hours 10AM to 6PM (*CrossFit will have 10am, Noon & 5pm Classes)

Sacramento Pipeworks
- Closed November 22, Thanksgiving Day, Open Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

The Studio
- Closed November 22, Thanksgiving Day, Open Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

MetalMark- 
Closed November 22, Thanksgiving Day, Open Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Live Your Dream with the AAC

Have you ever dreamed of bouldering above sand on a gorgeous beach? Do you think of jamming your hands in a long desert splitter? Are your day dreams filled with visions of snowy far off mountains? The American Alpine Club along with Touchstone Climbing wants to make your dreams a reality with the Live Your Dream Grant.

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Training Drills for Climbing

Climbing requires a number of skills. One of the most important and an often overlooked facet skill set is balance. When climbing aretes, slabs, or vertical faces, having a good center of gravity and weight over your feet is crucial for success. In this video, a few British climbers demonstrate a great way to improve balance by attaching a pendulum point to your harness. They also suggest placing coins on footholds to improve precise footwork. Using these methods will turn you into a delicate climber capable of ascending anything.

Head out to your nearest Touchstone gym and work those climbing skills.

Extreme Slab Climbing

One of the best parts about rock climbing is that it is really fun. A few years ago, a pair of Quebecois climbers headed to the slabs in Squamish with plans to take their passion for climbing and skate boarding to the next level. Check out their exciting take on descending slabs.

 

Yosemite Slab Bouldering

One of the most important skills in rock climbing is learning to stand on your feet. Solid footwork and balance will help you climb the most difficult climbs around. Yosemite Valley, with its long low angle pieces of granite, provides a perfect place to practice slab climbing and working on your footwork. The Camp 4 boulders contain a number of great difficult slab problems including Initial Friction, Blue Suede Shoes, Kumba, and more.

Located right behind the Wine Boulder, just a few minutes from the Camp 4 campground, Blue Suede Shoes is an area classic. Just to the left is the more difficult Red Suede Shoes. Check out Andy Liu's smooth footwork.


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Dogpatch Logo

Recently, Touchstone released the logo for their newest climbing gym designed by Mark Fox. Dogpatch is Fox's fourth identity he has created for Touchstone.  Fox designed the logos for the Studio, Metal Mark and the former Class 5.  Fox took some time to talk about the designs he has done with Touchstone.

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Share Touchstone

From October 21st until November 4th, Touchstone is offering a 0 Initiation Fee- just use your social networking. Share Us. Tag Us. Tweet Us. Pin Us. Check In to the best gyms in California.

 

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Lynn Hill: This Is Your Land - Vote November 6

The state of our public lands, our national parks, and the places we climb concern many people including legendary climber Lynn Hill. In this video, Lynn addresses the issues of the environment we live and climbing in as the election approaches.

 

Litter at the Crag

The fall weather arrived. Perfect cool days with beautiful leaves on the ground make for great climbing days and amazing experiences. An important part of being a climber is being a steward of places we get to climb. The gorgeous crags can be overrun with litter and debris if we neglect to take care of them. The Access Fund made a funny little video about litter. Next time you head to Indian Rock, Yosemite, or Castle Rock make sure to pick up after yourself. Grab those little pieces of tape, the bar wrappers, and any extra trash. Keep climbing areas beautiful.

The Gimp Monkeys on El Cap

Earlier this year, three men climbed the Zodiac on El Capitan. This striking aid line climbs through one of the steepest parts of Yosemite's quintessential granite monolith. While this aid climb sees a number of ascents through out the season, the Gimp Monkey's ascent is a little different as all three of the men are amputees. They made an inspiring video about their ascent.

Oakdale Climber's Festival

This weekend, from October 26th to the 28th, Oakdale is having its first climber's festival.  The festivites, which will be held at the Oakdale Community Center at 110 South 2nd Ave in Oakdale, promise to be a great opportunity to learn about some of the vibrant California climbing history.

On Friday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., there will be a discussion of John Salathe.  Allen Steck will be talking about his first ascent experience on the Sentinel with Salathe, Ken Yaeger will talk about Salathe's experience in Camp 4,  and Doug Robinson will address Salathe's commitment to boldness and style. 

 

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Tick Marks

Climbing outside is a ton of fun. The wind, the fresh air, the entire atmosphere is part of what makes climbing enjoyable. It's important to protect the environment that climbing is in. Part of being a good steward at our crags is not using excessive tick marks, lines to show where holds are. If you do decide to use a tick mark on a route or boulder problem be responsible and brush them off after you are done for the day. The Access Fund made a great little video of a climber getting a little too zealous with his ticks.

 

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