Lyn Barraza (she/her)Manager
Lyn’s life as a climbing addict began May 2001 at Berkeley Ironworks. In the ensuing years, her love of climbing has taken her to some of the most magical (Fontainbleau forest) and the most mundane (Indian Rock, Berkeley) climbing areas in the world. Although she enjoys climbing in all its forms, bouldering is her passion and most weekends you can find her in Yosemite wandering the valley floor, climbing one of the proud blocs or searching for that next amazing line.
Jeffrey (he/him)Desk Staff + Instructor
Jeffrey has been climbing for over 20 years across the world. Jeffrey’s formal education is in painting and drawing, but you’re more likely to find him on the Valley floor floating up boulder problems, or on a bike running laps in the Oakland hills. Jeffery is one of our most experienced instructors and his clinics and private lessons slots fill up quickly! He answers to ‘Ye-feery’ and ‘Chuck’.
Michelle (she/her)Desk Staff
Michelle likes cats. She is a vegan. She doesn’t own a car. If you can’t find her behind the desk at BIW or at REI… good luck. She is probably backpacking the JMT or scuba diving off the coast of Bali or climbing in Rocklands or raving in London or ____________.
Your guess is as good as ours.
James (he/him)Desk Staff
James loves bees, flowers, music, and climbing, but mostly all four of them. He walked into Berkeley Ironworks for the first time on November 25th, 2005 and has been hooked on climbing ever since. He recently graduated from Humboldt State University where he was heavily involved with their climbing team. If you want to see James get really fired up ask him about his favorite band, bee, or flower.
Mark (he/him)Desk Staff
Originally from SoCal, Mark now calls the Bay his home. He discovered climbing in college and it forever changed his life. Grateful to be a part of this ever growing community, he’s always excited to share his knowledge and wisdom with anyone new to the sport. When Mark is not climbing, he spends his free time with photography and the outdoors.
Noah (he/him)Desk Staff
Although Noah was raised in the concrete jungle of Queens, New York, Yosemite Valley is where he feels most at home. In spite of his love for slippery granite, Noah continues to sell his soul to academia as he pursues a master’s degree in Sustainable Solutions. When he isn’t seeking out those sweet gym splitters and howling out Stone Monkey “ooohs,” you can find Noah making kimchi, riding his Nature Boy, tending to his flock of hens, or converting his little yellow Skoolie into a home on wheels. If you enjoy slotting alloy widgets into flared, irregular constrictions, ask Noah about his collection of totems.
Amy (she/her)Desk StaffShe enjoys the fruits that life offers! Especially plums. For Amy, the spark for climbing began in 2014 at Gettysburg College, PA. She held on to the feeling of challenging and trusting herself and want it embedded in her day to day. Climbing is her meditation, getaway, life coach, and best friend. She is also passionate about art, social justice, and building community! When she’s not in the gym or on the rocks, you can find her watering the vegetable garden, slacklining, or hiking! Ask her about her favorite Bay Area native plant!
Victor (he/him)Desk Staff + Fitness Instructor
Victor is better at recognizing faces than remembering names, trying to keep the ground underneath him sacred. Whether it’s at the front desk or in class, his stand-up comedy game is pretty bad but you are his audience and it’s still better than his computer skills. Regardless he will try to make meaningful connections and see the best in you. If you want a story, just ask. The story is what we truly long for when we want to remember.
Janah (she/her)Desk Staff
When not behind the desk, she can most likely be found taking a nap with Ziggy the doggo. Aside from climbing, Janah’s interests revolve around anything culture, art, or food related. Her current go-to Netflix series to binge is The Chef Show (not to be confused with Chef’s Table – but equally as binge worthy). If you have any food recommendations feel free to send them her way!
Katie (she/her)Desk Staff
Katie is originally from the Pacific Northwest, but after graduating from the University of Washington she decided to leave the rain and head to the Bay Area. At the UW she studied Community, Environment, and Planning, and is passionate about affordable housing and environmental sustainability. Climbing has played a huge role in Katie’s life, from youth and collegiate teams to climbing outside all over the world. To her, the best part about climbing is linking moves efficiently and always improving her technique. Katie loves sharing her climbing knowledge and will always have time to talk to you about that one hard move on your project.