Climbing and Parenting

Climbing and parenting: a balance between hanging on and letting go. Kate Reese McGinnis is a parent with a young child. When Annie was born, Kate thought her lifestyle as a climber would change drastically. The Red River Gorge climber didn't know what to expect. She's learned how to balance the climbing lifestyle with being a parent. Her story is just one of thousands of climbers with children. Across the bay area, climbers with kids crush. It's not an easy task but it's fully doable. Check out her inspiring story.

Pringle In Turkey

Touchstone athlete and renown global rock climbing super star, Ethan Pringle just returned from an exciting trip to Turkey.

After spending the holidays in Norway with friends, Pringle headed to Antalya, Turkey, to climb on the limestone crags of Geyikbayiri for three weeks with his girlfriend, Trine Hollerude-Odden. Daniel Woods, Emily Harrington, Sam Elias and other members of the North Face crew had traveled to the area and made a video series of the area. Pringle had seen the amazing climbing in the area. “It was steep limestone sport climbing with tufas and pockets.  Some cracks too.” said Pringle. “It’s world class. It’s on par with Kalymnos.”

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Yosemite Bouldering Videos

Mill Valley resident, Kyle O'Meara transplanted from Washtington earlier this year and has been crushing the boulders in Yosemite. He flashed Midnight Lightning, the Moffat Start to Midnight, the Force, and a number of other classic Yosemite boulder problems. He's documented a number of his ascents. In his latest video, he made a super proud ascent of King Air. This V10 by Leconte Memorial sits next to a short practice aid climb. The boulder problem is higher than the bolt ladder! Check out Kyle going all out on the problem with 4 pads and no spotters. Proud!

The folks over at Louder Than 11, Dave Wetmore, Max Zolotukhin, Natasha Barnes, Rich Crowder, Ryan Silven, and Jordan Shipman, spent ten days climbing in Yosemite earlier this winter. They came out with a rad video featuring some of the best problems in the Valley. Check out their 25 minute long movie of a ton of amazing pebbles.

Zero Gravity in Seattle

The Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team continued their impressive run of form at the USA Climbing, Division 1 Bouldering Championships.  The event was hosted by the Seattle Bouldering Project in Seattle, WA the weekend of January 14/15, 2012.
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Congratulations to Division 1 Champions Mirko Caballero, Natalia Grossman, and Joshua Levin.
Silver Medalists Hanna Grossman, Jacquelyn Wu and Cicada Jenerik.  Bronze Medalist Rick Gentry.
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And also; Will Roderick 4th, Courtney Ceran 4th, Matt Grossman 5th, Connor Everton 5th, Dylan Meyerhoffer, 6th, Revan Florn 8th, Michael Cohen 8th, Ethan Rogers 10th, Seth Rogers 10th, Gabrial Pine 11th, Sera Busse 13th, Mel Roderick 13th, Daniel Franklin 14th, Nathan Frankel 15th, Mike Humphrey 18th, Cameron Read 19th.  
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Those placing 7th or better, have received an invitation to the USA Climbing Youth National Championships.  The National Championships will be the weekend of March 3/4 at United Stated Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, CO.  This is exceptionally exciting as Climbing is on the International Olympic Committee short list for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.  Coordination between the USO and USAC is a positive step in making this a reality. In addition, many of the older Touchstone's Zero Gravity athletes will be competing at the Adult National Championships the weekend before, February 24/25 at the same venue.      
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More information about USA Climbing can be found at Touchstone Zero Gravity is coached by Scot Jenerik.

Going Dark

Today the Facebook profiles of Touchstone and all of the gyms went dark.  We are joining the hundreds of other businesses and individuals that are protesting SOPA & PIPA. These laws, if passed, would forever change the internet in this country and the world.  In effect these laws would create a firewall around the US similar to the one currently in China.  Simply put, we can't allow this to happen.

Please take a minute to tell Congress not to censor the web.



DATE CHANGE for TBS7 and The Studio Grand Opening!

The Studio Climbing gym in San Jose is shaping up to be one of the premier climbing facilities this side of the Mississippi. And while the holds have arrived, the yoga studio smells of rich mahogany and leather bound books, and the walls tower majestically over a floor plan built for plastic pullers.... we are still a little ways from opening.

Rather than cutting the ribbon and unveiling a partial construction site January 28th, (The intended day of the Grand Opening Comp and Touchstone Bouldering Series 7 Competition) we have decided to push it back in an effort to show off a finished product. 

So let's all in unison pull out our iphones, flip open our calendars, or grab the sharpie we use to scribble important things on the back of our hands... and make a note: 



Same fun: Free Beer. Free Food. On-sight finals with a cash prize. Music. T-Shirts. Fun. Friends. Community. Oh and oodles of never before climbed boulder problems on brand new terrain. It's gonna be the blast you were expecting, just on a different day. 

For those of you who are looking forward to calling The Studio home; we're sorry to have to make you wait a little longer. We will keep you up to date on the play by play as we get closer to opening the gym itself. Depending on construction, we are still hoping to open late January/ Early February. The moment that we're able to do so, you'll be the first to know! 

What Climbers Say

The guys over at Louder Than 11 just made a funny short about the classic things that climbers say all the time. Check it out and see how many of them you've heard in the gym in the last couple of days. TAKE!     Shit Climbers Say from Louder Than 11 on Vimeo. Shit Climbers Say from Louder Than 11 on Vimeo. {vimeo}35036855{/vimeo}

South East Sandstone


Earlier this month, four intrepid bay area climbers took the journey to the deep south in search of some of the best sandstone boulders in the United States.



Al Liu, a 32 year old Mountain Hardwear employee from Oakland, and Abel Eisentraut, a 41 year old cabinet maker from Oakland, flew from the bay area to Denver, where they promptly missed their connecting flight.

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Climbing Weather App


There's days when I sit behind my computer and neurotically check the weather. Yosemite, Castle Rock, Mortar, Smith, Bishop, Mickeys, Pinnacles. Where should I go? Where's the weather going to be best?

alt Perfect weather in the Valley.

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Fred Beckey Slideshow


Well into his late 80s, life time dirtbag climber, Fred Beckey shows no signs of slowing down his passion for climbing.


Beckey has authored a number of books since the late 1940s, notably the Cadcade Alpine Guide, which is in it’s third edition. In 2003, his 563-page book on the history of the region, Range of Glaciers, was published by the Oregon Historical Society Press.

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