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Team Kids at Castle Rock

By Eric Nakano. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up at Castle Rock State Park with a group of young climbers from the Recreational Team at Dogpatch Boulders. This was the first time any of the climbers or parents had been on an outdoor bouldering outing, and I believe everyone in […]

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‘NEXT GENERATION WILDERNESS’ with MGOYA at Cliffs of Id

Cliffs of Id was proud to host the LAPD cadets of the Wilshire Division through the Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador program. Outdoor stewardship is as near and dear to us as rock climbing—the two are inextricable. So playing a role in both introducing new climbers to the sport and teaching them ways to take care […]

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Piedmont High Students Love Berkeley Ironworks

It’s always a pleasure seeing our student athletes getting a chance to share their love of climbing. Samantha Fanger of the local school newspaper The Piedmont Highlander recently featured two of our intermediate team athletes from Berkeley Ironworks, Faith Zirkelbach-Ngai and Aviv Ratinski. “You’re only really competing against yourself,” Ratinski said. “There’s no having to […]

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Mustard Seed Sprouts at Pipeworks

Mustard Seed is a free, private school for children 3-15 years old experiencing homelessness. Mustard Seed provides a safe, nurturing, and structured environment for its students, as well as essential care and assistance entering or reentering public schools. We have been partnering with Mustard Seed at Sacramento Pipeworks for a long time now, and it […]

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Climbing Through Barriers: Fresno’s Transitional Age Youth Program at MetalMark

  We at MetalMark Climbing are proud to partner with Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health and provide an active and creative outlet for the Transitional Age Youth Program, which serves young adults ages 17-24 with mental health challenges. Climbing is fun and therapeutic, and Dept. of Behavior Health Clinical Supervisor Jeffery C. Avery was […]

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Alpenglow Collective: Breaking Barriers in the Women’s and Trans Climbing Community

  By Emily Mannisto. When my friend Andrew and I made our first attempt on Mount Triumph in the North Cascades in early season conditions, we went to the Marblemount Ranger Station to check in and get our backcountry passes. The ranger looked at Andrew and asked, “So where are you looking to get a […]

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Young Scientists Experiment with Climbing at Diablo Rock Gym

  We love being a place where our community can come together and learn something new! Our member Rich Tornai recently brought in some of the brightest young minds in Contra Costa County to Diablo Rock Gym to have them try their hands at our favorite sport. Rich was also kind enough to tell us a […]

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Member of the Month: Siawn Ou

You are here at Sacramento Pipeworks…listen closely and your will hear the voice of Siawn. It’s usually from high atop the climbing wall, or upside down in a handstand near the stretch mats. Wherever the case, it is a very distinctive voice, and the language can sometimes be peppered with naughty words. Don’t let these […]

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From Oakland to Patagonia: GWPC Donates to Centro Andino El Chaltén

  The notion of community is rather nuanced. For most of us, we tend to think of our community as the people and places in close proximity to where we live and work. Another type of community might include friends and family, or others within our regular social circles. But Avram Pearlman and Marie Schwindler, […]

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Ironworks Staffer and BACC Founder Matt Ulery Featured in Climbing Magazine

We’ve always loved Matt Ulery, from when he worked front desk at Berkeley Ironworks to his current position as part of the Touchstone retail staff. Matt has done so much for the climbing community by founding the Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and we are so proud to see him recognized in Climbing Magazine‘s “The Givers” […]

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