Cal Prep Heads to Ironworks
On October 12th, fifteen students from Cal Prep headed to Berkeley Ironworks to check out the climbing gym. The students were completely new to rock climbing but the Ironworks staff helped the kids climb for the first time. “The instructors were incredibly conscientious, patient, enthusiastic and skilled, which made the whole experience all the more enjoyable,” said Rachel Niederman, a faculty member at Cal Prep. “The gear check-out/check-in was easy, and the gym was so impressive and exciting for our students to see.”
The students got a chance to climb on a number of the great routes at the gym. The challenge of climbing up the walls together helped unify them. Niederman commented, “Students who previously have teased one another were cheering each other on to make it to the top. It was great to see as their teacher!”
Ironworks has a number of young groups coming through the gym on a regular basis. The other Touchstone gyms support groups of young adults, teenagers and youngsters get the basic skills of climbing down. For more information stop by the front desk of your nearest gym.
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