Great Western Power Company
520 20th St
Oakland, CA 94612
Map and directions
Phone: (510) 452-2022
Price per class: $12 to $18
$12 drop-in fitness, $18 day pass. $59-69 monthly membership.
Touchstone Climbing Inc. is arguably the best-known indoor climbing operation in the world. With seven gyms in Northern California, we are the biggest company in country and have hosted more national accredited roped climbing competitions than any other organization. But our true success comes not from what we do, but why we do it. From owners to belay staff, route setters to instructors, we believe in creating a place where we can all come together and do what we love. We are not just gyms. We are communities. Whether you are an experienced climber, a bright-eyed newbie, or just someone looking for a great place to work out, you'll find your place with Touchstone. Some call it 'Great Western.' Some call it 'The Power Company.' Some call it 'GW.' And others just call it the latest and greatest thing to hit uptown Oakland in recent years. Built in an old power building, we've transformed this historic structure into a state-of-the-art indoor climbing gym. But of course one remnant remains: the smokestack! Rising 150 feet above downtown Oakland, the walls wrap around the stack to create a unique indoor climbing experience. There is a high percentage of easy and moderate terrain, and tons of variety to keep you challenged and enthused. If you prefer not to rope up, we also have an awesome bouldering area with lots of problems to challenge you at any skill level.
This place is right down the street from my cousin's place, and since I got these awesome certificates that offered a free introduction to rock climbing... read more
I was out in SF for job interviews, so I stopped by here because I wanted to climb, and GWPC is the closest gym to a BART station. Overall, it's a great... read more
Cons: Hours. Sat-Sunday hours only open 10am - 6pm. WTF. Always chasing a group of people out the door when they close. - Organizing equipment and checking... read more