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TCS2015 comes to Berkeley Ironworks

The Touchstone Climbing Series, known among friends as TCS2015, is the largest climbing competition in the country. The series visits all 9 Touchstone Climbing gyms, bringing with it brand new climbs, pizza, beer, prizes, t-shirts, and memories that will last a lifetime. Rope Finale at Mission Cliffs Last month marked the half way point in […]

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Team Touchstone at SCS Nationals

Last weekend, Team Touchstone attended the SCS National Championship in Kennesaw, GA. This event, hosted at the Stone Summit’s Kennesaw climbing gym, is the largest youth sport climbing competition in the US, and the culmination of the 6-month sport climbing season. Each year, top climbers from around the country make the trek to Nationals to compete against […]

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The Hidden Genius Project at GWPC

In July, Great Western Power Company hosted a group of incredibly smart and talented young men from The Hidden Genius Project. They quickly proved to to the staff that they have the brains and the brawn as they enjoyed both the mental and physical challenge of rock climbing! “The Hidden Genius Project is a training and mentoring program for black male youth […]

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How to Fund Your Climbing Lifestyle

Work is a four-letter word. But…without that hard earned cash,  funding your next climbing trip would be impossible. There are many jobs that lend themselves to the climbing lifestyle. Career options vary from riggers to doctors to social media workers. There are lots of good trade options for climbers. We spoke with a few serious climbers to […]

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Joe Kinder’s Redpointing Clinic

We’re happy to welcome Touchstone Athlete and international man of psych Joe Kinder to our instructing team! He will be teaching an Introduction to Redpointing Clinic at Berkeley Ironworks. Are you constantly hanging on your rope, unable to link your favorite route in one go? This is the clinic for you. “Redpointing is the way you gain ground and climbing […]

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GRYD visits LA Boulders

LA Boulders hosted an organization called Gang Reduction and Youth Development, or GRYD, a prevention program serving youth ages 10-15 in Los Angeles. Their mission is to identify students who may need an extra hand in resisting negative influences, coping with difficult home situations, or helping bring up grades in school. The GRYD team provides […]

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MetalMark Climbing Celebrates 4th Anniversary

MetalMark Climbing in Fresno California celebrated their 4 year anniversary on July 28th, and took the opportunity to throw a theme party!  The fun started around 4pm, as members and guests started showing up dressed up as heroes, heroines, and everything in between. “Some of our members have been here the since the beginning, and it’s wonderful to see […]

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Fundraiser BBQ a Huge Success

Big thanks to everyone who came out to climb into the wee hours of the night at Dogpatch Boulders last month! We invited our members and guests to ring in the foggy San Francisco summer with bouldering, BBQ, and beer till midnight – all for a good cause! With the help of day passes dues, donations, […]

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Team Touchstone Athlete Profile: Annie O’Brien

Team Touchstone, our competitive youth climbing team, is made up of a veritable cornucopia of crushers of all ages. Meet the kids who are representing us at competitions around the country – nay – world! This week we sat down with home town hero Annie O’Brien. Anne has been a familiar face around Berkeley Ironworks for […]

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The Welcoming Committee at LA Boulders

In June,  LA Boulders had the pleasure of hosting The Welcoming Committee, an organization that brings  LGBTQs to typically ‘straight’ spaces for one-time only experiences. They’re new to LA, but are established in many other cities including Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco,  Chicago, and New York. They even offer national and international travel options for those in need […]

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