Upgrade at GWPC

The Touchstone gyms are always looking to make improvements on their facilities.  As part of the company's dedication to making a better climbing environment, the walls over at Great Western Power Company are a new shade.  The formerly orange walls are now white. 

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Yosemite Facelift

It's that time of year again.  Time to clean up one of the world's greatest national parks.  Yosemite Valley sees significant impact through the year from visitors and park users.  For the past nine years, Ken Yaeger and the Yosemite Climbing Assosciation have organized the Yosemite Facelift, a great opportunity for climbers to come and be stewards of the crags.  

Alison Ousis reported at Rock and Ice.Com, "Last year’s 8th Annual Yosemite Facelift only netted 4,000 pounds of “small trash,” as opposed to the typical 30,000 in the event’s early years. Meanwhile, the Facelift is only growing.

Ken Yager, event founder, reported 1,345 volunteers last year, logging nearly 9,000 hours.

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Serious Projecting

Imagine setting up for one of the hardest rock climbs of your life. That's what's going through this man's mind as he tackles a grit style route in the South East. He places a few careful nuts close to the ground so as not to deck and then he enters the crux.  Watch this captivating short and remember, don't take climbing too seriously.

 

Belay Glasses

Long belay sessions at the climbing gym can take their toll.  Sitting in your harness for long periods can become uncomfortable, straining your neck to watch your partner dog up a route can be painful, and often your patience can be taxed.

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The El Cap Report

Since October of 2007, Tom "Ansel" Evans has stood at the bridge of El Capitan and watched thousands of climbers scale Yosemite's largest granite monolith. Evans focuses his many large camera lens on the climbers tackling The Nose, Zodiac, and other classic routes on El Cap and than reports the teams progresses on his website The El Cap Report

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DRG Adventure Race Video

On September 1st, nearly 50 adventure racers headed to Diablo Rock Gym for a day filled with slacklining, swimming, climbing, and intense obstacles and adventure racing. Paul Hara made a great video of the day's adventures. Check it out!

 

TRS Finale and Onsight Finals

This weekend, the Touchstone Rope Series will be holding its final competition at Mission Cliffs.  

On Saturday, September 15th from noon until 6 p.m., climbers will be tackling the fifty foot lead walls at the gym on amazing new routes set by Touchstone's best route setters.

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At every TRS comp, there has been great food, beer, an awesome raffle, and a ton of fun.  The TRS Finale will also have an onsight final, where the best climbers in the comp series will compete for cash prizes.  

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The Wide World of Offwidthing

Ever wonder about the wide world of offwidthing? In this video, wide climber super star Pamela Shanti Pack explains a bit about climbing the wide with pride. Check out her moves and get ready for some Yosemite wide climbing this fall!

Zero Gravity 2012

The Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team wrapped up a phenomenal 2012 season, with a Silver Medal finish (for the second straight year) at the USA Climbing SCS Youth National Championships. Nationals were held in Atlanta GA July 5th-8th at Stone Summit.

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In addition the team had 3 National Champions, Joshua Levin, Mirko Caballero and Natalia Grossman. Also making the US Team were Cicada Jenerik, Jacquelyn Wu, Katrina Louie, Nick Bradley and Dylan Meyerhoffer. Josh, Cicada, Jacquelyn and Katrina competed at the Youth World Championships in Singapore, August 29 to September 1. At the Youth World Championships, the vast majority of the US Team made semi finals but unfortunately only a few made finals. The Austrians, Japanese and other European countries were in excellent form.

 

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Diablo Rock Adventure Race

On Saturday, September 1st, over 50 people headed over to Diablo Rock Gym for a day filled with excitement.  The Labor Day weekend marked the first Adventure Race at the gym.  Coed and single sex teams ran through a series of obstacles.  From balancing across a slackline, to hiking, to climbing, to swimming, to a dozen other activities, the teams fought for up to thirty minutes before they completed the race.  

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