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“Before the deed comes the thought. Before the achievement comes the dream. Every mountain we climb, we first climb in our mind.”

~Royal Robbin

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“There are only three real sports: bull-fighting, car racing and mountain climbing. All the others are mere games.”

~Ernest Hemingway

“…while you all introduce kids to an amazing sport, you have more importantly introduced Emma to an amazing support system that she’s never had before. Words can’t express how thankful we are for that.”

Kim, Team Parent

Team Vertical 2017 USA Climbing Youth Nationals Bouldering Salt Lake City

The Vertical Adventures

Competitive Climbing Teams

Teams are for those athletes who desire to challenge themselves through competition climbing. As a Team Vertical member, climbers transition mentally and physically from “climbers” to “athletes-in training”. For most of these athletes, climbing is their primary sport. Because Team practices are more intense and require a higher commitment, Vertical Adventures does require each athlete to carry a facility membership. Our Competitive Teams also require a higher level of commitment from athletes and families. However, we work tirelessly to keep the climbing environment fun and supportive for our Teams and their families.

Practices start in August and  run through USA Youth National Championships in July (if athlete qualifies). There are two seasons in competition climbing, bouldering (rope-less climbing) runs from September to February, and sport climbing (climbing using ropes) is from March to July.

VATC Pre Team Dottie Coppers Rock
VATC Pre Team Yoga
VA Pre Team Keegan
VATC Pre Team Abby

Pre-Team

This level is for young athletes 6-11, based on USA Climbing age category D, who are just starting their path to competition climbing or are relatively new to climbing and show an extra-ordinary aptitude. Their goal is to work toward Team Vertical. Owing to their ages, they will work hard but have lots of fun. The coaches will emphasize healthy and sustainable training by teaching injury prevention, stretching and conditioning. These athletes will start to learn focus and to think of themselves as athletes. They will benefit from practicing alongside Team Vertical during their scheduled practices. Athletes should be climbing another 1-2 times per week with parents, friends or Team members.

Team Vertical Coach Fish Warrior Pose

Head Coach: Michael Fisher
Practices: Monday and Wednesday 6-8 PM
Ages: 6-11 Based on USA Climbing age categories
Cost: $125 per month
Startup Fee: $30 (includes 2 Team shirts)

Team Vertical Pre Team
Requirements:

VA Membership is required for all Pre-Team members

  • USA Climbing Membership
  • Compete in 2 local competitions per season (including all at VA)
  • Signed code of conduct from athlete and parents.
  • Successful tryouts
Benefits:

Pre-Team members receive 30% off of most gear purchases

Team Vertical Red River Gorge Camp Fire
Team Vertical Kai Kennedy Sarah Sabine Coach Kory
VA USAC Rust Belt Divisionals Competition Preview
Team Vertical Coppers Rock

Team Vertical

These athletes should be strong technical climbers working toward a mastery of climbing skills with special emphasis placed on perfecting and refining the advanced skills required for national competitions. Poise, grace, agility and determination are strong characteristics of these athletes. We will cultivate leadership skills, as well as personal assessment, evaluation and goal setting. 

Team members are encouraged to compete in two locals and the regional championships in each season. Their goal should be to qualify for the Divisional Championships and work toward Nationals. They may be asked to travel out of state for divisional championships and other competitions when appropriate. Team athletes are representatives of Vertical Adventures and are required to conduct themselves professionally and with excellence at all times. Coaches will emphasize injury prevention, antagonist training and mental readiness. In addition to scheduled practices, athletes should climb another 1-2 times per week.

VATC Coaches Brad and Quinn

Head Coach: Kory Cooper Fenske

Assistant Coach: Quinn Kellogg

Practices: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6-9 PM

Ages: 9-19

Cost: $175/month Startup: $30 (includes 2 shirts)

Requirements:

  • Successful try-out
  • Vertical Adventures Membership
  • 2 Local Competitions per season (including all at VA)
  • Compete in USA Climbing Regional Championships
  • Signed code of conduct from athlete and parents
  • USA Climbing Membership

Benefits:

  • Team Vertical members receive 30% off of most gear purchases.
Team Vertical Coach Kory Going to Bat hang
Team Vertical Kai Kennedy Sarah Sabine Coach Kory
Vam Competition Preview
Team Vertical Coppers Rock

Team Vertical

These athletes should be strong technical climbers working toward a mastery of climbing skills with special emphasis placed on perfecting and refining the advanced skills required for national competitions. Poise, grace, agility, and determination are strong characteristics of these athletes. We will cultivate leaderships skills, as well as personal assessment, evaluation, and goal setting. Injury prevention and mental training at this level.

Team members are encouraged to compete in two locals and the regional championships in each season. Their goal should be to qualify for the Divisional Championships and work toward Nationals. They may be asked to travel out of state for divisional championships and other competitions when appropriate. Team athletes are representatives of Vertical Adventures and are required to conduct themselves professionally and with excellence at all times. Coaches will emphasize injury prevention, antagonist training and mental readiness. In addition to scheduled practices, athletes should climb another 1-2 times per week.

Team Vertical Coach Kory Going to Bat hang

Head Coach: Kory Cooper Fenske

Assistant Coach: Quinn Kellogg

Practices: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6-9 PM

Ages: 9-19

Cost: $175/month Startup: $30 (includes 2 shirts)

VATC Coaches Brad and Quinn

Requirements:

  • Successful try-out
  • Vertical Adventures Membership
  • 2 Local Competitions per season (including all at VA)
  • Compete in USA Climbing Regional Championships
  • Signed code of conduct from athlete and parents
  • USA Climbing Membership

Benefits:

  • Team Vertical members receive 30% off of most gear purchases.