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Life Learning Academy at Mission Cliffs

By Justin Warren. Balance. Leverage. Mechanical advantage. Resilience. Smarts.  Students at Life Learning Academy practice these and more each week at Mission Cliffs climbing gym. The best part? The learning anchors itself in a fun, physically demanding sport that encourages individual strength and perseverance, according to LLA instructor Karuna Holm and the eight students in the class. […]

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Sweat, Smile, and Spin at Berkeley Ironworks

Are you ready to take your fitness to the next level? Looking for the fastest way to get the greatest cardiovascular and muscular endurance gains? Or maybe you’re just looking for a strong, tight-knit community? Then look no further than spin classes at Berkeley Ironworks! Why Spin at Berkeley Ironworks? The indoor cycling program at […]

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Life Academy Gets Up in the Air at Berkeley Ironworks

When Berkeley Ironworks partnered with the Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, we were excited not only to introduce a potential new generation of climbers to the sport, but perhaps also a new generation of healthcare professionals! Life Academy is a small Oakland public school that serves children in grades 6-12 and gives its students a rigorous academic […]

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Member of the Month: Michael “Mel” Melner Carries the World

  To know Mel is to like Mel. If you don’t know Mel, you probably know and love someone like him. He’s the guy humbly hiding behind the scenes, lifting everyone else up, and not taking as much credit as he deserves. Often, when friends of Mel achieve some sort of greatness, he is the […]

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Koreatown Youth Build Bridges at LA Boulders

We’re lucky at LA Boulders: Not only are we situated in Los Angeles’ incredible Downtown Arts District, but we’re super close to other rad neighborhoods like Koreatown, where we can get to know some of the folks who make our community strong and vibrant. Amongst those people are the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), […]

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Introducing: The Master Track

Tooling around on top rope is great, but for those of you who’ve been dreaming about the sharp end, now is your chance to learn what it takes to be a leader. The Master Track is the program for climbers wanting to learn the full range of skills needed to get outside on real rock. The […]

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Better Know a Setter: Holland Pettingill

Welcome to our latest installment of Better Know a Setter, featuring the incredible routesetters of Touchstone Climbing. Today we introduce you to Holland Pettingill, an OG out of the OC. With over a decade of climbing experience, she brings the fun to LA Area Touchstone gyms with her thoughtful, powerful problems that would be right at […]

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Fight Cancer with Your Old Shoes: Dunk Your Kicks at Touchstone Gyms

  If you’ve upped your cross-training game since the rain put a damper on your climbing plans, or if your #newyearnewyou resolutions included jumpstarting your running habit, maybe you’ve decided to treat yourself to a sweet new pair of running shoes. Rad! But what do you do when your old pair starts to look a little ragged? If […]

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Valley Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Gets Vertical at MetalMark

  Sometimes we take for granted our abilities to run, jump, and climb. Those who aren’t able to do the same physical movements are often excluded from athletic activities, or find the outdoors inaccessible to their needs; but these are experiences that ought to belong to everyone, including those whose bodies perform differently from the norm. […]

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Nick Bradley in Bishop

Nick Bradley started climbing at 8 years old in 2005. He has podiumed at the SCS Youth National Championship from 2010 to 2014, and won in 2011 and 2013. A full-time college student and Touchstone Athlete, Nick’s been keeping busy crushing both books and boulders. We caught up with him about his latest trips to that […]

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