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.
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.
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.
The Touchstone Bouldering Series Comps kick off this Friday evening at Berkeley Ironworks. In their 8th year, the TBS comps are some of the best climbing competitions in the United States. With free food, free beer sponsored by local breweries, and tons of awesome climbing, these comps offer an amazing chance to have fun with the climbing community in your area.
Never been to a Touchstone Bouldering Competition? Check out this hilarious video where GWPC staffer Andrew Jackson walks us through a day in the life of a Bouldering Competition. We dare you to watch this without cracking up.
The climbing comps will roll through each of the Touchstone gyms. Below is a schedule of the upcoming comps. For further information check out our comp page.
Friday, November 9th, 2012 • Ironworks in Berkeley • 5pm-10pm
Friday, December 7th, 2012 • The Studio in San Jose • 5pm-10pm
Saturday, January 26th, 2013 • Metalmark in Fresno • 12pm-5pm
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 • Sacramento Pipeworks • 5pm-10pm
Friday, March 15th, 2013 • Concord Diablo Rock Gym • 5pm-10pm
Friday, April 19th, 2013 • Oakland Great Western Power Co • 5pm-10pm
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 • FINALE at Dogpatch Boulders! 12pm-5pm
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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