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Life Learning Academy at Mission Cliffs

By Justin Warren. Balance. Leverage. Mechanical advantage. Resilience. Smarts.  Students at Life Learning Academy practice these and more each week at Mission Cliffs climbing gym. The best part? The learning anchors itself in a fun, physically demanding sport that encourages individual strength and perseverance, according to LLA instructor Karuna Holm and the eight students in the class. […]

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Life Academy Gets Up in the Air at Berkeley Ironworks

When Berkeley Ironworks partnered with the Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, we were excited not only to introduce a potential new generation of climbers to the sport, but perhaps also a new generation of healthcare professionals! Life Academy is a small Oakland public school that serves children in grades 6-12 and gives its students a rigorous academic […]

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Koreatown Youth Build Bridges at LA Boulders

We’re lucky at LA Boulders: Not only are we situated in Los Angeles’ incredible Downtown Arts District, but we’re super close to other rad neighborhoods like Koreatown, where we can get to know some of the folks who make our community strong and vibrant. Amongst those people are the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), […]

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Fight Cancer with Your Old Shoes: Dunk Your Kicks at Touchstone Gyms

  If you’ve upped your cross-training game since the rain put a damper on your climbing plans, or if your #newyearnewyou resolutions included jumpstarting your running habit, maybe you’ve decided to treat yourself to a sweet new pair of running shoes. Rad! But what do you do when your old pair starts to look a little ragged? If […]

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Valley Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Gets Vertical at MetalMark

  Sometimes we take for granted our abilities to run, jump, and climb. Those who aren’t able to do the same physical movements are often excluded from athletic activities, or find the outdoors inaccessible to their needs; but these are experiences that ought to belong to everyone, including those whose bodies perform differently from the norm. […]

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The Reset Foundation at Berkeley Ironworks

We started the new year off right at Berkeley Ironworks by hosting The Reset Foundation. Nearly 90% of a child’s academic attainment can be predicted by that of their parents’, and the cycle of poverty, incarceration, and unemployment can plague entire generations. The Reset Foundation aims to break that cycle by giving promising low-income young people the […]

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Adaptive Climbing at Berkeley Ironworks

Are you the climber who converts ground-dwelling friends into chimps and crushers? We know the feeling. At Touchstone, we think that everyone should climb. And by everyone, we mean everyone! This is why Berkeley Ironworks has teamed up with Adaptive Adventures and the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) to create a monthly adaptive […]

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Veteran’s PATH at Great Western Power Co.

The day that Veteran’s PATH visit us at Great Western Power Company was a day full of peace, support, and fun for both our staff and for the veterans. Veteran’s PATH (the acronym standing for “peace,” “acceptance,” “transformation,” and “honor”) is a non-profit organization that began in 2008 to enable returning veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose and […]

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Giving Trees for Homeless Youth at Touchstone South

As the holiday season picks up steam, we’re excited to spread a little extra cheer through organizations that are doing incredible work in our local communities. Outreach and community engagement are amongst our founding principles at Touchstone, whether it’s raising money for the Access Fund or giving our neighbors an opportunity to try out climbing for […]

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Para Los Niños Charter Middle School visits LA Boulders

We here at LA Boulders are pretty sure we’re a part of one of the best local communities. That’s why we love introducing new groups from our neighborhood to our favorite sport! This past week, we were happy to host a girl’s group from Para Los Niños Charter Middle School. Para Los Niños is a nonprofit organization […]

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