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Richmond At-Risk Youth at Berkeley Ironworks

Recently a group of elementary school students from Richmond headed to Berkeley Ironworks as part of a summer school program that supports at-risk and under-served youth. The kids had a great time climbing at the gym. Katherine Bruce, the program coordinator spoke to the Touchstone Blog about the trip. We were given an opportunity to […]

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SF International High School at Dogpatch Boulders

The SF International High School paid Dogpatch Boulders a visit twice last month. Originally they had only planned to visit once, but they had so much fun on their first visit they asked to come back – and how could we say no!? These students are from all over the world and for the majority […]

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June Jordan School for Equity at Dogpatch Boulders

Last month, students from June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE) made their first visit to Dogpatch Boulders. JJSE’s Intersession is comprised of three weeks of experiential learning courses where students learn by doing and actively engage in a variety of real-world experiences that challenge them physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Conducted outside of the four […]

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‘Science ROCKS’ goes Rock Climbing

We are always excited to hear back form teachers and leaders who bring kids from our community into the gym to CLIMB! We received this nice write up from Katie. Thanks for coming! We had a blast showing the Science ROCKS kids the ropes! Each semester I select a group of students to be the […]

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Mission High School Climbs at Mission Cliffs!

Tol Lau is a Math Teacher at Mission High School. He also teaches an advisory period, where he spends most of the time helping kids draft their college resumes. He decided to try something a little different…. Climbing! Many of you have seen the big white building across the street from Dolores Park, but few […]

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Fitness Wednesdays at Pipeworks

Sacramento Pipeworks has been working with an organization called the Women’s Empowerment for years. During an eight-week program, an instructor walks a group of ladies to Pipeworks once a week to participate in one hour of fitness. By attending Fitness Wednesdays, the ladies get to spend that one hour of their day focusing on self-care. […]

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Wounded Warrior Project at Mission Cliffs

It was late on a Saturday afternoon when the bus pulled up outside of Mission Cliffs. The sun had already gone down, and only a few dedicated climbers were still pressing on, trying their hardest to get just one move further on routes they’d been projecting all day. The doors to the gym opened, and […]

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Soccer Without Boarders at Berkeley Ironworks

When soccer people talk vertical it is mostly about getting under the ball and sending it high and as far down field as possible. This winter Soccer Without Borders went vertical a different way at Berkeley Ironworks. Teamwork, trust, leadership and fun were the goals and we hit scored a bunch in January, February and […]

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Project Reach at MetalMark Climbing

For some, climbing is a passing hobby. A great instagram shot and nothing more. For others it can offer a huge support system. At MetalMark in Fresno, climbing is helping to change the lives of local students and keep them in school. Twice a week, a group of inner-city high school students climb at MetalMark. […]

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Oakland Tech and GWPC Making P.E. Fun Again

Under the guidance of GWPC member and Oakland Tech P.E. Instructor Carlos Bover (affectionately known as ‘Coach’ to his students), students are redefining what’s possible in a P.E. class by pushing their limits on the climbing wall!  This is the programs 4th year running, so we decided to turn over control of our monthly outreach […]

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