stonetree YOUTH CLIMBING TEAM
We will begin our SECOND winter/spring session on MARCH 12. SIGN UPS BEGIN THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15.
Ages 6 and up
Meet Paul Davidson, our Manager and Head Climbing Team Coach!!
Paul grew up hiking, camping, and rock climbing in the Adirondack mountains of New York state. He’s traveled the world for work and pleasure, visiting places like Morocco, Ecuador, and Columbia. Paul spent seven weeks seeing the best of the U.S. on a bicycle trip from Seattle, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine. Not one to be content with the contiguous United States, Paul guided both sea kayaking in Alaska and trips with the Wild Traveler in Hawaii. Paul is passionate about outdoor education and has more than ten years of experience in the field. In his spare time, Paul loves to rock climb, cross country ski, and spend time backpacking.
Hello Climbing Team Members and Families!
Did you know that climbing is now an Olympic sport? The first Olympic Climbing Event will debut at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020! In the interest of developing the sport and our climbers’ abilities, we’re pleased to present the climbing team at Stonetree!
New for Session III (March 12-May 10)!! There has been a tremendous interest in the climbing team at Stonetree. Due to the high number or participants we will host three practices sessions so climbers can get more individual attention. Our Beginner Team will practice from 4-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday, and the Advanced Team will practice from 5:30-6:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday. Our Intermediate Team will practice Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm. An additional offering is the “Comp” (Competition) Team for climbers interested in climbing competitively during the Sport (Rope) Season January-May. Please register your child for the session you think they belong but a final determination on will be made by the coaches during the first week of practice.
About the Competition Team:
Climbers from any group (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced) are welcome to join the Comp Team. The Comp Team will meet at the usual times during the week, and enjoy an additional practice focused on technique from 4:30-6 pm Friday afternoons. Climbing is about community, and the Comp Team will travel to Freestone Climbing Gym in Missoula and Spire Climbing Center in Bozeman (dates to be determined) to experience other gyms and their route setting style.
We look forward to seeing you at our first practice on Monday, March 12. Our coaches will work hard to make the Stonetree Climbing Team a rewarding experience for all of our climbers.
Please register for the team on the classes tab. Comp team registration as well as member registrations will be done at the gym. Climbers will be placed on appropriate teams by the coaches the week of March 12.
This session runs from March 12- May 10. The price is $180 for non members (and includes a membership to the gym please sign up on line.) The comp team is an additional $150 per session (please sign up at the gym.) Additionally, we have an expanded after school program on Monday and Wednesday till 5 pm. Paul is available these afternoons for limited instruction. PLEASE NOTE CLIMBERS UNDER 12 MAY ONLY BE DROPPED AT THE GYM FOR A MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS.
Thank you and we are looking forward to another great season of climbing!
The Climbing Team at Stonetree Climbing Center is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3). (Please contact the gym if you would like sponsorship information). The team provides opportunity for area youth to develop skills, passion, and enthusiasm for rock climbing. Our team is dedicated to building community while improving individual climbing ability. We focus on developing bouldering skills, although we may dabble in some roped climbing.
Stonetree’s Climbing Team is divided into two groups: Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced. Climbers from either group are welcome to participate in our Comp Team. Comp Team climbers are expected to attend the Friday afternoon practice, compete in at least two area climbing competitions (Missoula and Bozeman dates to be determined.)
Practices are structured to reflect the needs and interests of climbers. A typical practice will include free climb time, warm up, group activities (technical instruction, stations, etc), and cool down.
Dates and Times
Beginner Climbing Team meets Tuesday/Thursday from 4-5 pm.
Intermediate Climbing Team meets Monday/Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Advanced Climbing Team meets Tuesday/Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Competition Team meets Friday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm.
Session I September 12-December 7
Session III January 16- March 8
Session III March 12- May 10
We expect climbers to respect themselves, each other, and the space. Climbers should arrive on time ready to participate, to give their best effort, and encourage their teammates. Climbers will follow the rules of the gym and practice safe falling and spotting.
Climbing team members are welcome to use their own climbing shoes or wear rental shoes during climbing team practices and competitions.
Climbers should come prepared for practice with comfortable clothing and water bottles.
USA Climbing Membership
Climbers wishing to compete in USA Climbing (USAC) competitions must have an active USAC membership prior to their first competition. The cost is $95 for the entire season (September 1st – August 31st). This includes the bouldering and sport climbing seasons.
Climbers interested in climbing at a single competition have the option of paying a $10 day member fee.
For more information about USA Climbing or to purchase a membership, visit www.usaclimbing.org.
Travel and Transportation
Climbers and their families are responsible for travel and accommodations for competitions. Families are encouraged to coordinate and carpool.
USA Climbing Membership ($95)
Local Comp Entry Fees ($35-$55/comp)
Regional Championship entry Fee ($90-$100)
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
We are pleased to offer a Monday and Wednesday After School Program starting Wednesday January 3. This will be a drop in program for $10 available from after school till 5 pm. Climbing instruction and climbing games will be the main focus of these afternoons. Remember to please pack extra snacks for your climber these days! This is a drop in program, no need to sign up, just show up!