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Over $20,000 Raised for the Access Fund

During our March Matching Campaign, we encouraged our members and guest to join the Access Fund or donate to help raise money for this invaluable organization. We set aside $10,000 to match contributions from the public, and hit the streets to get the word out! We’re proud to announce that through direct donations, gym events, […]

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Supporting Your Local Crag

Whether your local Touchstone gym is where you get the majority of your vertical gains, or you’re an experienced climber that spends the all your time outdoors; if you climb you have a vested interest in keeping our wilderness areas clean and accessible. It’s our responsibility as an outdoor community to minimize our impact and do our […]

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters At The Studio

In early February, The Studio hosted the Bay Area chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Twenty-two people, eleven Bigs and eleven Littles came to the San Jose gym to experience rock climbing for the first time. “The event at The Studio was great because staff members were on hand to help belay some of our […]

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CRAGS Presents: Hans Florine

Do you love listening to stories about climbing? Do you enjoy spending time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts? Are you really excited about the Save Donner Project and the idea of saving one of our local crags forever? … Do you have $5?! If you answered yes to one of more of these question, do we have […]

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Adopt-a-Crag: Bishop Tablelands!

The Access Fund’s Jeep Conservation Team is headed to Bishop, California! The Jeep Conservation Team is the Access Fund’s “on-the-road” team of climbing area stewards.  They travel around the US, 10 months a year, assessing climbing area conservation and stewardship needs, working with locals to address these needs, training best management practices and motivating volunteers. You […]

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Rock Project Berkeley Crag Clean Up

The second day of the Bay Area AF Rock Project Tour started out with a hearty breakfast at Berkeley Ironworks to fuel folks up for the morning of crag clean-up ahead. Shout out to the providers of the grub! Local and amazing coffee was provided by Artis Coffee whose owner, Alex Lowe (nephew of the THAT […]

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Climb Up at Mission Cliffs

One of the most valuable aspects of climbing at Mission Cliffs is the community that new climbers become a part of. Although Mission Cliffs sees hundreds of new faces each month as people come in for the first time, it usually only takes a few visits for new climbers to pick up on the strong […]

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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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