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Brent Kobs & Adaptive Climbing at Diablo Rock Gym

We have some truly exceptional people in our Touchstone community, and one of them is Brent Kobs, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and the leader of our adaptive climbing program at Diablo Rock Gym. Brent brings his wealth of knowledge and experience as a DPT and CSCS to climbers and athletes […]

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Touchstone-Wide Access to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Court Appointed Special Advocates

  We’re proud to offer a variety of discounts and opportunities to get kids climbing. We’ve been providing discounts to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) for several years now, and we’re excited to extend additional discounts to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)! Day Use Advocates/Bigs can bring in their appointed youth/Littles for free […]

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Two Schools, One Goal: Renaissance Academy & Mathson Lee at The Studio

  By Renée Lemieux. One campus, two schools, and a path towards strengthening community. The Studio opened their walls to welcome in small groups of middle school students these past few months and the outcome has been life-altering. Renaissance Academy and Mathson Lee Middle School share one campus, use the same space for lunch, basketball, […]

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St. Peter’s Catholic School Finds Adventure Close to Home

By Ting Chin. Here at Mission Cliffs, we love it when our neighbors drop by for a visit. We were especially happy to get a recent visit from Tricia’s middle schoolers from down the street over at St. Peter’s Catholic School. Wow look at that nice form! Natalie reflected, “I was surprised that I was […]

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Support the Bishop Climbing Rangers

We don’t need to extol the many, many virtues of climbing around Bishop, CA here—this desert mecca of gorgeous granite and volcanic rock has been attracting climbers from all over the world for decades. But with great climbing comes great responsibility, and our favorite areas are getting loved to death. That’s why we’re excited to […]

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Millennium School at Dogpatch Boulders

The Bay Area is well-known for innovation, and its approach to schools is no different. Millennium School in San Francisco is a middle school focused on experiential, integrated learning. Social equity is an important part of their ethos so they partner with SMART, a San Francisco non-profit, to close the achievement gap and offer participating […]

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Meet Sidney from WorkAbility at Cliffs of Id

If you’ve seen a friendly new face at Cliffs of Id lately, it’s likely that you’ve met Sidney! Sidney is a part of the WorkAbility Program and will be helping us out at the gym for a few hours per week this semester. His job coach, Michelle, is here to introduce Sidney and WorkAbility’s mission. […]

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Donate Your Gear to Bay Area Wilderness Training at Touchstone Gyms

  By Bay Area Wilderness Training. Throughout the month of September, Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), a local non-profit, located just a couple miles away from Great Western Power Company in the heart of Oakland, will be partnering with Bay Area Touchstone gyms to collect donations of used outdoor gear. On Saturday October 5th, BAWT […]

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Climbing Towards Confidence at Sacramento Pipeworks

By Jason Bove. Recently, Sacramento Pipeworks hosted a group that joined us from Lutheran Social Services (LSS). For many years now, LSS has been instrumental in providing assistance throughout Northern California for individuals and families that have previously experienced homelessness and are now on-track to rebuild their lives. According to the LSS website, “Every year, LSS […]

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Overcoming Walls: Taking Climbing to the Next Level with the OLAS Sanctuary Project

By Jessica Wan. Header photo by Saki Cake. This past June, Touchstone celebrated Pride all month long and Berkeley Ironworks partnered with the OLAS Sanctuary Project, to whom we donated all of our Pride proceeds; we also hosted their group earlier in June for a fun day of climbing (not to mention their first event […]

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