• Lyn Barraza


    My life as a climbing addict began May 2001 at Berkeley Ironworks. In the ensuing years, my love of climbing has taken me to some of the most magical (Fontainbleau forest) and the most mundane (Indian Rock, Berkeley) climbing areas in the world. Although I enjoy climbing in all its forms, bouldering is my passion and most weekends will find me in Yosemite wandering the valley floor, climbing one of the proud blocs or searching for that next amazing line.

  • Jeffrey

    Climbing Instructor/Desk Staff

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.