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Counseling Enriched Classroom at Berkeley Ironworks

In July a group of young adults from the Counseling Enriched Classroom program at Berkeley High School visited Berkeley Ironworks for a day of climbing and team building. CEC classrooms support students with mild to severe learning disabilities. “Education is something that comes in multiple forms, and we pride ourselves on taking advantage of non-standard […]

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The Hidden Genius Project at GWPC

In July, Great Western Power Company hosted a group of incredibly smart and talented young men from The Hidden Genius Project. They quickly proved to to the staff that they have the brains and the brawn as they enjoyed both the mental and physical challenge of rock climbing! “The Hidden Genius Project is a training and mentoring program for black male youth […]

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GRYD visits LA Boulders

LA Boulders hosted an organization called Gang Reduction and Youth Development, or GRYD, a prevention program serving youth ages 10-15 in Los Angeles. Their mission is to identify students who may need an extra hand in resisting negative influences, coping with difficult home situations, or helping bring up grades in school. The GRYD team provides […]

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Fundraiser BBQ a Huge Success

Big thanks to everyone who came out to climb into the wee hours of the night at Dogpatch Boulders last month! We invited our members and guests to ring in the foggy San Francisco summer with bouldering, BBQ, and beer till midnight – all for a good cause! With the help of day passes dues, donations, […]

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The Welcoming Committee at LA Boulders

In June,  LA Boulders had the pleasure of hosting The Welcoming Committee, an organization that brings  LGBTQs to typically ‘straight’ spaces for one-time only experiences. They’re new to LA, but are established in many other cities including Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco,  Chicago, and New York. They even offer national and international travel options for those in need […]

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Boys and Girls Club visits Diablo Rock Gym

This week the Boys and Girls Club of the Diablo Valley visited Diablo Rock Gym in Concord as a part of their weekly summer camp. The club is dedicated to ‘engaging children and their communities in productive and responsible interactions. This translates into improved school attendance, improved grades, and the desire to pursue a post-secondary education.’ […]

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Glen Canyon Clean Up

Last year, the San Francisco Parks and Recreation department closed the Glen Canyon Park and at Beaver Street Wall to climbers, siting recent vandalism. It’s always especially painful as climbers when we see an outdoor crag we love disrespected and closed. Touchstone Climbing acted fast, collecting postcards from our members to then send to the city to show […]

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Matt Ulery Wins Access Fund Sharp End Award

Each year the Access Fund recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that go above and beyond to volunteer their time and efforts to protecting America’s climbing. These recipients stand out in their commitment to the American climbing community. We’re honored that one of our own made the list! Matt Ulery who works behind the desk at Berkeley Ironworks […]

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Dogpatch Boulders Welcomes the June Jordan School for Equity

Dogpatch Boulders is a haven for boulderers of every variety; gym rats, causal climbers, the new, the old, and the in between. But it is also a fantastic place for kids and young adults to move, climb, and challenge themselves. Since a pillar of Touchstone Climbing’s identity is active involvement in community outreach, the gym frequently invites local […]

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Local Live Your Dream Grant Winners

For the past three years we have proudly partnered with the American Alpine Club to help support the Live Your Dream Grant. Designed for the average joe climber, the Live Your Dream Grant is exactly what it sounds like; think of your dream climbing trip, and they’ll help you get there! As the local sponsors of the grant, […]

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