Mission Cliffs is great - definitely a good deal with the Groupon.
Because I didn't know about it. I might have continue going, it's very fun.
The introductory class was great and I had a lot fun afterwards too.
It was a really great experience, and I enjoyed trying the gym for a month. I don't think that I am inclined to join, as I am not an avid climber.
Wasn't worth the money. Gym was out of the way.
The facility and staff are certainly pleasant enough. Not all the members are terribly courteous. Above all, what is making me uncertain if I'll continue after the month is up is that the climbing walls are not only in need of some maintenance (no one likes feeling a handhold shift as they take hold of it) but they're not designed for people to progress - route levels jump from beginner to intermediate/advanced without any advanced beginner routes to speak of.
the fact that the groupon waived my initiation fee spurred me into joining, I probably would have joined anyway, but the groupon got me to join way sooner than I would have if I had to pay the initiation fee.
super fun place! debating extending my membership
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good, clean facility.
Staff were friendly and helpful. Josh was the instructor and was knowledgable, helpful and answered all our questions. The staff even over paged anyone willing to rock climb to go to the front desk so that I have a partner and can continue to rock climb.
From Our Editors
The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.
To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.
Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.