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Artist Outdoors Program Visits Dogpatch Boulders

The kids are alright! Check out this awesome video that follows the SOTA Outdoor Leadership program on a trip to Dogpatch Boulders. The program encourages kids to be active and learn by doing – and what better place for that than San Francisco’s largest bouldering gym?! “Kids I knew as a certain person in the […]

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The Spinsters and City of Dreams Join Forces at Berkeley Ironworks

It’s important to us to open our doors to our community and to share our love of climbing with underprivileged groups and organizations. In April, The Spinsters of San Francisco, a community-oriented social and philanthropic organization of young professional Bay Area women used our facilities to host one of their charity partners for a day of rock […]

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Keaton Raphael Memorial Climbs at Sacramento Pipeworks

In March, Sacramento Pipeworks worked with the Keaton Raphael Memorial to bring the siblings of cancer patients to the gym to climb. “It is a great organization doing good work, and it was a rewarding day for us to see these kids having fun as a family,” said manager Vaughn Medford. We had a great time hosting […]

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Building Trust and Connection Through Climbing

We work hard to bring underprivileged groups and individuals to our gyms to introduce the wonderful world of climbing to those who might not have otherwise found it. Erin Johnson, a family therapist at Coyote Coast Youth and Family Therapy Center, brings his young clients to several Touchstone gyms to build trust and connection through climbing. Coyote […]

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Courageous Girls Climb at Mission Cliffs

San Francisco-based Courageous Girls is a nonprofit dedicated to healing and empowering sexually abused girls through physical endurance, trauma healing and mindfulness meditation. On April 1st, Courageous Girls will bring a select group of young women survivors from Nepal and San Francisco on a guided trek to base camp Mount Everest, where they’ll be inspired […]

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CoachArt and Climbing at Great Western Power Company

“They were telling us everything they were going to do to Ella. Your whole life is turned upside down. You know, and it’s your kid so it’s not like, ‘Oh she’s lived a good life,’ No it’s like, ‘Oh she needs to have a life.’” – Gene Wade, Ella’s father. Cancer is terrible. There’s something […]

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Adaptive Athlete Cody Elliott Climbs with Valley Children’s Hospital at MetalMark

  In 2011, while leading his men on morning foot patrol, an IED explosion left 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Cody Elliott severely injured. His left leg was amputated at mid-thigh, and he had a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg, along with severe calf muscle damage and 40% skin loss on his right leg. […]

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Libertas College Preparatory School Reinforces Values at LA Boulders

  In December,  LA Boulders hosted a tuition-free public charter serving students in South LA. Libertas College Preparatory Charter School aims to equip middle school students in grades 4-8 with the academic skills and the strength of character needed to thrive in and graduate from high-performing high schools and competitive colleges. They are founded on […]

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Youth Center on Highland Climbs Together at LA Boulders

In January, LA Boulders hosted a group of brand new climbers from the Youth Center on Highland, a shelter and drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ young adults. The Youth Center on Highland provides much-needed services including a welcoming place to stay, meals, clothing, counseling, showers and the support needed to make it feel like home. […]

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Empowering Youth Through Climbing in Fresno

In December MetalMark Climbing + Fitness worked with Adventure Risk Challenge, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth through wilderness and literary experiences. “This is the second time we’ve invited ARC to come to MetalMark to climb,” said Manager Marie Garringer. “It’s a great opportunity for these kids to see our community of healthy and supportive […]

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