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Retired Ropes Jumpstart their New Lives: The Studio Donates Ropes to Julia Baldwin Elementary

Catching falls is a tough job. Even though our workhorse gym ropes are great at what they do, eventually they all need replacing. But what to do with all of the retired ropes? They’re no longer safe to climb on, but must ropes go straight from gym to landfill? Couldn’t they find a second life […]

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Neighborhood Youth Association Takes it to the Top at LA Boulders

Supporting the kids in our community is one of the most effective ways to encourage a healthy, thriving neighborhood, and the Neighborhood Youth Association is doing just that. NYA is an after school program that “provides low-income and at-risk youth with targeted, individualized academic support, leadership development, STEM learning activities, creative writing and arts enrichment, and college […]

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Celebrating Pride Month at Touchstone Climbing

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: climbing is for EVERYONE. That’s why Touchstone is committed to providing safe, welcoming, and supportive spaces to all of the LGBTQ+ climbers, yogis, lifters, spinners, and fitness enthusiasts who come to our gyms. As part of that commitment, we’re thrilled to be celebrating National Pride Month […]

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It’s Time to Woman Up! Touchstone Climbing and The North Face present our Women’s Climbing Festival

  Women have been at the forefront of rock climbing for decades, pushing the limits of possibility right alongside the guys. We’ve always known that we have just as much to contribute; but we’ve also always faced a host of pressures and expectations that tell us otherwise. From beta spray to microaggressions (“you’re strong for […]

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It’s Happening! Touchstone Climbing Coming to Pasadena in 2018

  After years of false starts and hard work, we are thrilled to announce that Touchstone Climbing will be opening a 25,000 square foot climbing facility just north of downtown Pasadena! This will be our second roped facility in Southern California, offering world-class top rope, lead climbing, and bouldering terrain, as well as the comprehensive […]

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Member of the Month: Tamara Berg

We have a ton of cool folks climbing, spinning, lifting, and CrossFitting at every one of our gyms, each with their unique stories and perspectives on life. Our Member of the Month feature is a chance to get to know some of those folks, and serves as a reminder of how vibrant our community really is. This […]

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Contra Costa Interfaith Housing at Diablo Rock Gym

Contra Costa County, like all Bay Area counties, has seen a precipitous increase in rental prices over the past five years. For the average family of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, the median cost of a two-bedroom apartment would require an income well over triple their own. This is where CCIH comes in, with their mission to […]

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Futures Explored at Sacramento Pipeworks

This month we had another successful session with a group from Futures Explored, whose mission it is to provide life skills and work-related training to adults with developmental disabilities. They support their clients to “reach their optimum level of individual potential by delivering a broad range of resources and ongoing guidance.” Sacramento Pipeworks is proud to be one […]

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Supporting Sherpa and Nepali High Mountain Guides: A Night for Nepal at Berkeley Ironworks

  On Friday April 28, Berkeley Ironworks will be hosting the Night for Nepal Fundraiser for the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. We’re incredibly excited, not only because it will be the first time Alex Honnold and Conrad Anker have ever spoken together at the same event, but also because it will be contributing to a deeply […]

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Shoulder Struggles with the RV Project: Part 3

Today we’re bringing you the third and final installment in a 3-part series from Vikki Glinkskii, one half of The RV Project’s dynamic duo. The RV Project is Vikki’s and Spenser Tang-Smith’s adventure across America in search of the country’s best climbing and most interesting people. If you’ve been ignoring a nagging shoulder pain (or any pain, […]

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