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Testimonial: Rock Climbing and Youth Counseling

“My name is Erin Johnson.  I am a marriage and family therapy intern and I work at a counseling center called Coyote Coast located in Orinda, California. I work as a mentor with young men who are transitioning from intensive therapy programs back to living with their families. We do many different activities with the kids […]

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T.K. Youth Foundation visits Berkeley Ironworks

On Aug. 12, 2004, two days before Terrance Kelly was set to leave on a full fide football scholarship at Oregon State, he was murdered in Richmond, California by a 15 year old with an apparent grudge. His Father, Landrin Kelly had been determined to protect Terrance from the city’s rough streets and to be […]

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Futures Explored at Sacramento Pipeworks

Pipeworks recently partnered with a group whose aim is to provide life skills and work-related training to adults with developmental disabilities. The organization is called Futures Explored. “We work with people with developmental disabilities,” said instructor Terry Corey. “One of the biggest barriers I have seen in my 25+ years of working with this population […]

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Camping Unlimited at Berkeley Ironworks

Camping Unlimited is a non-profit organization providing children and adults with Special Needs a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. Their program encourages independence, nurtures responsibility, develops competence and builds lifelong friendships in a warm supportive atmosphere of planned permissiveness. A group of campers visited Berkeley Ironworks in January for a day of […]

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Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Visits DRG

In January, Saint Matthew Lutheran Church visited Diablo Rock Gym in Concord. We received this write up in a thank you letter from Melinda, the youth director. I have taken both our high school youth group and middle school youth group to Diablo Rock Gym multiple times. It is a great event that my students […]

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Up-cycling Ropes with Summer Search

Ever wonder what happens to all of our retired top-ropes? While a small amount is reserved and repurposed by our gyms for things like belay practice/testing ropes & mock leading ropes; the majority of our retired ropes are donated to local non-profits, artists, and community organizations. Recently, Great Western Power Company donated several hundred feet of […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Climbs at MetalMark

January was National Mentoring Month, and Metalmark invited Bigs and Littles from the Big Brothers Big Sisters into the gym to honor the amazing mentors in their program. “We did many events during the month, but none were as exciting and unique as the climbing event at MetalMark Climbing Gym!” said a coordinator. More than 50 Bigs […]

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Leadership Public Schools at Berkeley Ironworks

In November, Shawn Benjamin brought 10 students to Berkeley Ironworks to try out climbing for the first time. Ms. Benjamin is the Principle at Leadership Public Schools in Richmond, a tuition-free public charter high school dedicated to preparing 100% of their graduating students for success in college and leadership in their communities. “99% of our students […]

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BBBS at Dogpatch Boulders

We’ve got exciting news for our members involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters! Touchstone Climbing and Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area are happy to announce a partnership that will make it easier for volunteers to bring kids climbing. Active Littles are now FREE on their Big Brother or Sisters Touchstone Climbing membership. This means […]

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AARBF Families Climb at Metalmark

This fall, MetalMark Climbing and Fitness hosted an event for 7 Central Valley burn survivors and their families. The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to burn prevention education and helping children and adult survivors of severe burn injuries. AARBF derived its name and inspiration from an […]

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