We at Touchstone Climbing strive to cultivate inclusive spaces in which everyone can thrive and believe in creating a place where folks can come together to do what they love. We are proud to host a number of meetups and affinity groups so everyone can find their crew to crush with! We are not just gyms, we are a community.
We are proud to host a number of meetups and affinity groups so everyone can find their crew to crush with!
Women’s Meetup Groups
If you’re looking for other likeminded ladies to work your next proj with, check out the women’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, Dogpatch Boulders, and LA Boulders.
Climb in Color
Black Rock Collective
Celebrating Black joy and Black crushers. Join up with Black Rock Collective at Pacific Pipe. A monthly climbing meet-up dedicated to the Black, African American, and African communities of the Bay Area. All levels are welcome, from the experienced climber to those who have never climbed before (we’ll show you the ropes). Black Rock will serve as a community event to foster Black joy in climbing, offer a safe learning space, and empower Black folks to get out there and crush in an encouraging environment. We’re ready to hype you up, whether you’re getting on ropes or bouldering.
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, 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.