We at Touchstone Climbing strive to cultivate inclusive spaces in which everyone can thrive. From kids to climbing veterans, party participants to serious athletes, those in need to the affluent with means, we believe in creating a place where all come together and do what they love. We are not just gyms. We are communities.
We are proud to host a number of meetups and affinity groups so everyone can find their crew to crush with!
Womxn’s Meetup Groups
If you’re looking for other likeminded ladies to work your next proj with, check out the womxn’s meetup groups at our gyms. All of our groups are inclusive of women and underrepresented genders.
POC Meetup Groups
Climbers of color, unite! We have some truly phenomenal leaders in our community who want everyone to thrive and find their fam in climbing.
The Brown Ascenders
The Brown Ascenders are a crew of POC rock climbing superheroes in the Bay Area. Their goal is to build community for and with other brown climbers. Join the crew and check out their regular meetups at Berkeley Ironworks and Great Western Power Co.
Soul Ascension Crew
Representation. Growth. Community. The greater the diversity in climbing, the richer and more vibrant our community can become. Soul Ascension Crew (SAC) is empowering existing and beginner climbers of color in Northern California. SAC’s mission is to bring some SOUL to the climbing scene, increase visibility of diversity in the outdoors, and to create opportunities for growth in underrepresented communities. “Keep it tight,” because 2019 will bring a number of exciting events, including monthly indoor climbing meetups, outdoor trips, collaborative events with Bay Area POC climbing groups, and more! SAC meets monthly at Sacramento Pipeworks.
Climb in Color
At Touchstone, Pride is all year round! Join QUEER CRUSH and meet incredible LGBTQ+ folx in the Touchstone Community. We are committed to creating a safe space in which queer, trans, genderfluid, and nonbinary climbers can crush climbs and make friends.
Queer Crush happens at Mission Cliffs, Dogpatch Boulders, Berkeley Ironworks, Great Western Power Co., Sacramento Pipeworks, The Studio, Cliffs of Id, Hollywood Boulders, and Verdigo Boulders. Join our Facebook groups to stay up-to-date on all QC happenings.
Climbing is for EVERYONE! Our adaptive climbing program hosts free events each month for people with physical disabilities. We work with participants to find the right style of climbing for them—whether that be on a rope, on the wall, or a combination of the two—so that they can learn new styles of climbing and safely push their limits.
We currently host monthly adaptive climbing events at Berkeley Ironworks, Diablo Rock Gym, Great Western Power Co, and regular events at MetalMark through Valley Children’s Hospital. We’re working hard to expand adaptive climbing options to all of our rope gyms.
New volunteers and participants are encouraged to join us — send us an email at email@example.com to get involved.