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Join our Adaptive Climbing Program at Berkeley Ironworks!

At Touchstone Climbing we believe that climbing is for EVERYONE. We’re stoked to offer an adaptive program at Berkeley Ironworks in collaboration with Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program. If you know anyone with an impairment who has always wanted to try climbing but wasn’t sure if they could, send them our way! If you’re […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters at LA Boulders

Climbing has a long tradition of mentorship. Many climbers can trace back their first time climbing back to a friend who showed them the ropes (figuratively and literally). We know how powerful that kind of relationship can be, so we really get Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the oldest and largest mentoring program in the […]

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Hunters Point Family at Dogpatch

At Dogpatch Boulders, we’re lucky to have groups like Gilman Rec Connect visit us regularly. Gilman Rec Connect is an important resource for local kids that collaborates with other established youth organizations to build on school-day learning with educational after-school projects and activities. This summer program is free to kids in the community and serves some of the […]

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Retired Ropes Jumpstart their New Lives: The Studio Donates Ropes to Julia Baldwin Elementary

Catching falls is a tough job. Even though our workhorse gym ropes are great at what they do, eventually they all need replacing. But what to do with all of the retired ropes? They’re no longer safe to climb on, but must ropes go straight from gym to landfill? Couldn’t they find a second life […]

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Neighborhood Youth Association Takes it to the Top at LA Boulders

Supporting the kids in our community is one of the most effective ways to encourage a healthy, thriving neighborhood, and the Neighborhood Youth Association is doing just that. NYA is an after school program that “provides low-income and at-risk youth with targeted, individualized academic support, leadership development, STEM learning activities, creative writing and arts enrichment, and college […]

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Contra Costa Interfaith Housing at Diablo Rock Gym

Contra Costa County, like all Bay Area counties, has seen a precipitous increase in rental prices over the past five years. For the average family of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, the median cost of a two-bedroom apartment would require an income well over triple their own. This is where CCIH comes in, with their mission to […]

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Futures Explored at Sacramento Pipeworks

This month we had another successful session with a group from Futures Explored, whose mission it is to provide life skills and work-related training to adults with developmental disabilities. They support their clients to “reach their optimum level of individual potential by delivering a broad range of resources and ongoing guidance.” Sacramento Pipeworks is proud to be one […]

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Supporting Sherpa and Nepali High Mountain Guides: A Night for Nepal at Berkeley Ironworks

  On Friday April 28, Berkeley Ironworks will be hosting the Night for Nepal Fundraiser for the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. We’re incredibly excited, not only because it will be the first time Alex Honnold and Conrad Anker have ever spoken together at the same event, but also because it will be contributing to a deeply […]

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Rise & Elevate at Cliffs of Id on March 11th

Make a difference this March When you purchase a day pass at Cliffs of Id on Saturday March 11th, you’ll also be donating to two amazing causes at our Rise and Elevate fundraising event! 50% of each day pass will support both Adventure Risk Challenge, a program that empowers underserved youth through integrated literacy and wilderness experiences, […]

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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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