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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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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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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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