Ahab, The Steck Salathe, The Harding Slot, Generator Crack, there are hundreds of wide pitches in Yosemite. From the single difficult pitch Twilight Zone to the sustained 5 inch cracks of long route Mental Block, climbing in the Valley requires a specific set of skills involving off widths. Learning these techniques is far from easy. Arm bars, t-stacks, leavittation, and chicken winging sound less like climbing moves than a combination of magic and mechanics.
Picture this an amazing local food market around the corner. Berkeley Ironworks is hosting Good Eggs, a community food hub for food and people, organized by the neighborhood and city.Come for a workout and on your way home, pick up fresh bread, Four Barrel coffee, pickles, jams, organic seasonal produce, specialty meats, and delicious ready-to-eat meals, all in one place.
Each week order the food you want from Good Eggs's great local farmers. The goods will be delivered to Ironworks on Thursdays for you to pick up and enjoy. Just order, eat and repeat!
This Thursday, Good Eggs and Ironworks will be hosting Nana Joes Granola, Sow Fresh Juice, I Love Blue Sea seafood, and Harley Richter Meats. This is a great opportunity to order amazing granola, fresh orange juice, California King Salmon, and amazing bacon. Come on by to taste samples and find out how you can get in on the deliciousness.
Last week, Touchstone signed an agreement with Walltopia to have the new San Francisco bouldering gym, Dogpatch Boulders, built by the Bulgarian wall manufacturing company. With over 1.7 million square feet of climbing walls built since 1996, Walltopia has led the industry in climbing wall manufacturing. Stone Gardens in Seattle, Momentum in Salt Lake City, Stone Summit in Atlanta, and numerous other facilities in the United States and Europe have employed Walltopia to create amazing climbing structures.
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On Friday, August 17th, the Bay Area Grip Challenge will be heading to Diablo Rock Gym for another round of tests of grip strength. One of the most active members in the Touchstone grip strength community, Daniel Reinard is known for his vast hand strength. He recently put together a video about one of the most common feats of strength- ripping a phone book apart. There are two methods used to pull so many pages apart at once, popping and grip and rip. In this video, he shows you how to do both. Check it out and get pysched for the upcoming event.
In this video, Adam Barczack shows you the proper method to tie into a rope. Being the climber means you must make sure to safely secure yourself to the rope. Check out Adam's video for details.
Yosemite National Park represents the highest peregrine falcon nesting area in the Sierra Nevada. The park has played a pivotal role in the birds recovery from an endangered species. There are numerous climbing closures to help protect the birds' nesting areas.
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