Berkeley Iron Works

Berkeley, CA
School-Aged, Preteens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults

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Archived Reviews: 

Jan 2003

Re: Family Sports
Hi - Have you thought about a climbing wall? Berkeley Iron works takes them at 5. Both my kids love it. Good luck! Jodie

September 2002

Re: Cool birthday party ideas for 11-y-o
Just an idea -- for my 33rd birthday we held a party at the Berkeley Iron Works, an indoor climbing gym. They had two instructors on hand to ''spot'' climbers, we brought in some pizzas and cake/ice cream. It was really a lot of fun, and I think an 11-year-old would think it was pretty cool, too! Stacey

September 2002

Re: rockclimbing class for 6-year-old
Berkeley Ironworks in Emeryville offers climbing classes for kids (boys and girls). A good friend recommends it highly, and I plan on taking my daughter there soon to check it out. Alison

August 2002

I am curious to know about teens' experiences at the rock climbing gym called Ironworks (near 7th/Ashby). I've been climbing since high school, and recently got my husband hooked, but I'm not sure whether it would be a good place to recommend to middle or high school students. Any info to share? Krysten

my son is 14 almost 15 and he just finished a one week climbing camp at ironworks. he is going back for their after school program. he was the oldest at camp and will probably be one of the oldest at the after school program. their programs seem to be geered toward younger kids. i have suggested that they have a teen program, but who knows. my son loves climbing at ironworks and is ok about being older. the cost of the programs seem a better way to go than being a member since he will always have someone to belay him in the program, but not if he goes alone. hope this helps, nina

Iron Works -- excellent place for teens. My younger daughter lerned to rock climb there at the age of 13 -- she loved it. Very well managed; kids have lots of fun. I highly recommend it. Debra

From our experience Berkeley Ironworks is approriate for climbers of all ages. I've taken our 8- and 13-year olds climbing there several times. Many parents bring along their non-climbing younger children, even in strollers. I believe that high schoolers can pass the belay test. Probably best to do top-rope belay only; the bouldering walls get a bit crowded. Lorin

July 2000

Re: rockclimbing classes
My 12 year old son and several friends (including girls) did a one week rock-climbing class at Berkeley Ironworks earlier this summer- new place near the old Whole Earth Access at Ashby and 7th. They have ongoing year round programs with skilled teachers. They did some field outings as well and had good equipment and supervision. If you like the place, they also have memberships for both the gym and climbing walls. Have fun.

Berkeley Iron Works just off of Sixth Street is a great place for teens. It's one block north of Ashby, next door to Any Mountain.
Parent of Climber