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A number of Touchstone youth climbers just headed to Nationals. Josh Levin, a member of Zero Gravity, wrote an awesome story on his blog about the team's trip out there. Red more about his story here: Josh Levin Blog.

The blog is always looking for great news articles, trip reports, and events going on in the Bay Area climbing community. If you have something to share, please send an email through the contact page : http://touchstoneclimbing.com/contact.html

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Touchstone Rope Series In Full Swing at GWPC

 

The latest Touchstone Rope Series comp at Great Western Power Company went off well, with a ton of climbers testing out the new routes in the lead area and on the topropes around the gym.

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221 competitiors showed up to fight their way to the top of GWPC's technical walls. Local photographer and writer, Jim Thornburg signed copies of his new book "Stone Mountains" and even donated a signed copy to be raffled off to the climbers in attendance.

Read more: Touchstone Rope Series In Full Swing at GWPC

Jailhouse Unlocked

 

The Access Fund just released news about the current state of affairs of the Unlock Jailhouse Fund-raising campaign. Not only has $49,000 been raised for Jailhouse, but Touchstone has worked with Craig McClenahan and Fixe hardware to replace all the old bolts, draws, and anchors for the crag.

Check out the press release from the Access Fund.

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Read more: Jailhouse Unlocked

Leave No Trace: Disposing of Waste at the Crag

Rock climbing outside involves spending a lot of time in fragile eco-systems. There's easily disturbed micro-biotic soil in Indian Creek, a fragile desert in Bishop, and the wild life in Yosemite that all need to be considered to ensure a leave no trace impact on the environment.

Leave No Trace, a company out of Colorado, offers some great insight on their website about ways to minimize impact. Check out their article on the subject.

Read more: Leave No Trace: Disposing of Waste at the Crag

Wendy Georges: The Ultra Runner

 

Wendy Georges runs. Georges runs a lot. The 53 year old Berkeley resident took up running 24 years ago and began racing when she was 42. Since then she’s competed in dozens of road races including many marathons and ultra marathons.

“My favorite is 50 miles. It takes 8 hours. It feels like a solid day’s work- long enough that you’re really glad its over but you get such a feeling of accomplishment.” The female grandmaster of last year’s Oakland marathon aims for three ultra marathons a year with a number of shorter races as training. Georges races 9 to 10 months out of the year.

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Georges with ultra running legend and BIW member Ann Trason

Read more: Wendy Georges: The Ultra Runner

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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Read more: New IPads at GWPC

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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Read more: Wellspring Academy

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.

Read more: New Petzl Gri Gri's At Touchstone Gyms

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.

Read more: TRS 5 At GWPC

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