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.
JeffreyClimbing 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 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.
Matt’s love for climbing started in 2010 at Berkeley Ironworks and shows no signs of slowing down. Matt and his wife, Darlene, recently converted a Sprinter van to use for shorter and longer climbing trips throughout the country—they love it! Find Matt if you want to geek out (hard) about Sprinters. Matt is also super involved with climbing stewardship and conservation. He is the founder of the Bay Area Climbers Coalition and in 2014 received the prestigious Sharp End Award from the Access Fund. When Matt isn’t climbing you will likely find him riding his road bike in the hills around the Bay Area or playing with his adorably big-headed pit bull, Barry.
Hailing from the middle of nowhere Northern California, Ben is psyched about pretty much every aspect of climbing, from training and movement theory all the way up through sending projects. Most of his free time is spent either at the gym training for the next objective, cooking food, or climbing outside. Ben is always around to talk shop, so stop by and say hi if you’re looking to nerd out about beta, training, specific climbs, climbing areas…or anything really!
There are only two things in this world that Jessica needs in her life—climbing and ice cream. With both, she is perfectly content so it is no surprise that her idea of the perfect day is climbing anywhere outside followed by a refreshing bowl of strawberry ice cream.