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MetalMark Climbing Featured on Live TV

We love the Great Day segment on KMPH Fox26 News and were so pleased that Esmi Careaga came by to check out MetalMark Climbing yesterday! Nothing beats showing people our favorite sport in one of our favorite gyms Thanks for being brave with us, Esmi! Check out the full feature and all the great videos […]

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Sacramento Pipeworks in Comstock’s Magazine

We’re proud to be able to provide both a workout and community space for everyone! Comstock’s Magazine recently wrote about the popularity of fitness alternatives and highlighted all of the great amenities Sacramento Pipeworks provides. In addition to (of course!) shouting our our climbing walls, they also commented on our numerous studio and fitness options. […]

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Woman Up 2018 and Alex Johnson featured on the Mountain Hardwear Blog

This year’s Woman Up title sponsor and our friends Mountain Hardwear recently published an article about pro climber Alex Johnson taking the crown at the 2018 Woman Up Climbing Festival at Cliffs of Id in Culver City, CA. Woman Up is a singular event in climbing where we invite women and underrepresented genders to join […]

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Pipeworks Member Gabriel Patterson Featured on Melanin Base Camp

  Photo by Megan O’Connell. We know we sound like a broken record, but we have THE COOLEST members! Check out Sacramento Pipeworks member Gabriel Patterson’s feature “Growing Up Black and Outdoorsy” on Melanin Base Camp, a social media collective working to increase the visibility of adventurers of color. Interviewer Danielle Williams writes, [Gabe] knew […]

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Pasadena Gym Update

For those of you who have been patiently awaiting news about our upcoming rock climbing and fitness gym in Pasadena, we have some updates to share: We recently received feedback on our first round of plans from The City of Pasadena! 🎉🎉 Our second round of plans will be sent early next week. After approval, we […]

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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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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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It’s Happening! Touchstone Climbing Coming to Pasadena

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 yoga […]

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“Failure Training” in LA

One of our LA members recently opened up on Lifehacker about a quirk of rock climbing: the necessity of failure for improvement. In her article “How Rock Climbing is Helping Me Get Over My Fear of Failure,” Stephanie Lee outlines how climbing (and falling) at LA Boulders and Cliffs of Id has helped her to remember that […]

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