stonetree YOUTH CLIMBING TEAM

We will begin our winter/spring session on January 16 and Registration will open december 8.  

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!

We will host two practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our Beginner Team will practice from 4-5 pm, and the Intermediate/Advanced Team will practice from 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. 

About the Competition Team

Climbers from either group (Beginner or Intermediate/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 Tuesday, January 16. 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 January 16.  

Because the Spring Session is 4 months we have divided it in half and the first session will be January 16- March 8, second session March 13- May 10.  Pricing per session is $180 for non members (and includes a membership to the gym please sign up on line.)  The comp team is an additional $125 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 for an additional $50 per session (please sign up at the gym.)  

Thank you and we are looking forward to another great season of climbing! 

Additional Information

The Climbing Team at Stonetree Climbing Center is an 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/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 13- May 10

Expectations

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.

Equipment

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.

Competitions

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.

Additional Fees

    • USA Climbing Membership ($95)

    • Local Comp Entry Fees ($35-$55/comp)

    • Travel expenses

    • Regional Championship entry Fee ($90-$100)

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

We are pleased to offer a Monday and Wednesday After School Program starting Monday January 8.  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!