New IPads at GWPC

 

Working out can be hard. Grinding away on the elliptical machine, doing a hundred floors on the Stairmaster, or keeping your heart rate at 140 for an hour on the treadmill aren't easy tasks. One of the best ways to make a workout go faster is to shift your focus to something else. Great Western Power Company just picked up a couple of Ipads to do just that.

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Wellspring Academy

Wellspring Academy Heads to MetalMark

Climbing is a great way to get into shape and have fun. With movement that requires strong muscles from fingers, back, to calves, rock climbing provides the exercise needed to lose weight and tone your body. Recently, MetalMark had a group of students from Wellspring Academies, a weight loss boarding schools for overweight teens and young adults. The school focuses on helping students change their lifestyles to maintain a healthy body and mind.

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New Petzl Gri Gri's At Touchstone Gyms

 

Petzl, a leading company in manufacturing great climbing products, recently released an updated version of their immensely popular GriGri.

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The new GriGri 2 is compatible with ropes from 8.9 to 11mm, has a progressive descent control system designed to offer smooth, even lowering action - there's a larger 'sweet spot' when lowering a climber or rappelling, and is 25% lighter and 25% more compact than the old GriGri.

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TRS 5 At GWPC

 

This Friday night, February 18, the Touchstone Rope series comp will be hitting the Great Western Power Company.

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There will be pizza, beer, and a ton of new routes all over the gym. The Touchstone Rope series are some of the best comps on the West Coast. Tons of climbers come and meet up, hang out, and have a blast at the functions.

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Metal Mark Construction Update

 

Work on Metal Mark, Touchstone's new gym in Fresno, has been moving along smoothly. The steel beams and supports for the building have been erected. The roof is up and insulated already and they finished with the lower roof where the locker rooms, fitness rooms, and office are.

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Last week, they started on the climbing walls and are progressing well with the rest of the construction. The gym will be an awesome addition to the the Touchstone circuit.

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The gym will be completed soon! Keep on track for construction updates on the Touchstone Blog.

The Sandbagger: Profile of IW's John Schmid

 

At 5’8” 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, the 29 year old John Schmid appears like a mild mannered rock climber. After receiving a biology degree from Colorado College, where he began rock climbing ten years ago, Schmid moved to the bay area to take up a job that would support his climbing lifestyle. Schmid became a murse- a male nurse. During the graveyard shift, Schmid works in the neo-natal intensive care unit of Alta Bates in Berkeley where he saves the lives of sick little babies.

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Schmid on the Tuolumne classic On the Lamb (5.9) photo by Mikey Schaefer

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Columbia Bouldering: Sonora's Compact Marble

The Gold Rush of 1940 brought unearthed lots of gold in the Sierra Foothills. The hydraulic mining also uncovered a mother lode of bouldering near Columbia College in Sonora. The rock in Columbia is a highly compacted marble requiring body tension and an ability to hang open handed on many of the holds. "It's like walking through the Castle Gray Skull," said Kim Groebner who checked out the boulders with Ironworks desk staffer Ryan Moon.

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Ironworks Desk Staffer Firing Off Tablelands Problems

The volcanic tablelands of Bishop California are a huge area of steep, juggy climbing. Off the radar from the normal Happy and Sads area are a dozen other locations that require a little bit of exploring to find. Becky Trafecanty made a recent video of gun toting hardman and Ironworks desk staffer, Justin Alarcon, firing off a couple more obscure classic tablelands problems. The weather is great in Bishop right now.

A recent storm dropped the temperatures. There's no snow and there's no crowds. Come out to Bishop!

Castle Rock Bouldering: How to Mantle

In the hills just south of San Jose are a cluster of sandstone boulders. When the winter days are cold, the friction on these rounded Font like blobs becomes amazing. For those looking to do some weekend bouldering near the bay area, Castle Rock is a great option. One of the most important skills required at Castle Rock is the mantle, or pressing out the top of a boulder. The rounded rocks don't have big jugs at the top, instead they have precarious mantles. Check out this instructional video on how to mantle.

A frequent member of the Berkeley Ironworks crew, Michele Lombardo Goodhew climbs at Castle Rock State Park-. Here's a video of her crushing The Lost Keys Traverse(V6). Check out the smooth moves she executes through the crux and through the hard mantle finish.

A single hueco followed by a series of bad slopers below the Magoo Boulders was a long term John "Yabo" Yabolonski problem until a few years ago when Santa Cruz local, Chris Sharma dispatched the first ascent of "Ecoterrorist" (V10/11). Here's some footage of Scott Chandler hiking the problem. Watch the way he tops out the difficult problem.

Ecoterrorist [v10] from scott chandler on Vimeo.

Below Indian Rock are a number of less developed and very good boulders. There's good information about them on a Supertopo Thread. There's some awesome new mantle problems down the hill. Get out there and check them out.

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