Tuesday, June 14

Trip Cancelation - Ten Sleep Canyon - July 5-10

Steepteam has decided to cancel the first trip to Ten Sleep Canyon that was planned for July 5-10.  Due to July 4th being a very big celebration in Ten Sleep, we are worried that the canyon will still be overcrowded and might not provide a positive environment for our climbers.

We will still be running the second Ten Sleep Trip from August 2-7.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.  Please contact Dillon Key at (281) 450-2422 with any questions or for more information about the summer programs.

Tuesday, May 3

2016 Summer Session

ABOUT THE SUMMER SESSION
Steepteam has changed our focus for the Summer Session from a 5-6 week long program, to focusing on individual trips.  We understand that summer schedules are becoming busier and busier as the years go by, and we want to try and meet the needs of our climbers as best as possible by providing more opportunities to experience climbing outdoors.


THE CLIMBING TRIPS
Yankee Jim Canyon - BOULDERING Dates:  June 16-18
Cost: $80.00
This trip will involve an evening out at Phipps Park to practice spotting and pad placement, and then a full day of bouldering in Yankee Jim Canyon, south of Livingston, MT.  Minimum of 6 climbers required.
Required Gear:  Climbing shoes
Registration Deadline:  June 4th

Cedar Mountain - BOULDERING Dates: July 28-30
Cost: $80.00
This trip will involve an evening out at Phipps Park to practice spotting and pad placement, and then a full day of bouldering on Cedar Mountain, located just outside of Cody, WY.  Minimum of 6 climbers required.
Required Gear:  Climbing shoes
Registration Deadline:  July 16th

The Island (Cody) - SPORT Dates: June 22-25
Cost: $100.00
This trip will involve one evening at Steepworld and one on the Rims to review basic rope skills, and then a full day of climbing at the Island, just outside of Cody, WY. Minimum of 5 climbers required.
Required Gear:  Harness, belay device, and climbing shoes
Registration Deadline:  June 11th

Ten Sleep Canyon - SPORT Dates: July 5-10 (Trip 1) & August 2-7 (Trip 2)
Cost: $150.00
This trip will involve one evening at Steepworld and one on the Rims to review basic rope skills, and then a weekend trip (leave Friday, return Sunday) to Ten Sleep Canyon, located just east of Ten Sleep, WY. Minimum of 7 climbers required.
Required Gear:  Harness, belay device, climbing shoes, and a tent (cabins are also available)
Registration Deadline:  June 25th (Trip 1) & July 23rd (Trip 2)

Natural Bridge State Park - SPORT Dates: July 13-16
Cost: $100.00
This trip will involve one evening at Steepworld and one on the Rims to review basic rope skills, and then a full day of climbing at Natural Bridge State Park, south of Mc Leod, MT.  Minimum of 6 climbers required.
Required Gear: Harness, belay device, and climbing shoes
Registration Deadline:  July 2nd

REGISTRATION
To register for any of the Summer Session Climbing Trips, please contact Dillon Key by phone at (281) 450-2422, or by email at dillonkey92@gmail.com.  Please pay attention to the registration deadlines specific to each trip.  The minimum number of climbers must be met for each individual trip, and every trip caps off at a maximum of 12 climbers.  There is a 50% deposit due before the registration deadline for each trip in order to guarantee a spot on the trip.


ABOUT STEEPTEAM
Steepteam is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing climbing mentorship and training to Billings area youth interested in improving their climbing skills through practice and competition.
Primary Guide: Dillon Key (281) 450-2422;  Assistant Guides: Brady Stoppel, Aj Elliston

Non-Profit Board Members: Joel Anderson, Joel Svec, Jim Barron, Jim Rott

Monday, April 18

On Saturday, April 9th, several Steepteam members travelled to Bozeman to compete in Spire Climbing Center's annual Spring Fling.  It was a phenomenal event and we would like to thank all of the staff at Spire, the routesetters, the volunteers, and all of the parents for making it such a great competition.

Results from the comp can be found here.

Below are some pictures from the competition.



Alex cranking through the heinous pockets on the green mono route.

Alex making big moves and showing off the guns.

Chalking up on some pockets mid route, no biggy.

Caden floating up the blue route.

Caden making it look easy on the auto belay.

Caleb leading up green, showing us how it's done.

Carter (left) going big on the black slopers, while Caleb (right) nears the top of green.

Charlie clipping chains after sending the black route.

Charlie flashing the orange route.

Charlie cruising up the other orange route.

Daisy compressing some slopers halfway up the blue route.


Daisy getting stretched out on the green route.

Daisy confirming the send on green.

Dane clipping bolts while walking up the green route.

Emily deciphering beta while navigating the green arete route.

Emily pulling hard on the purple route.

Just relaxing and checking out the views.

Jaden clipping the chains on pink.
Jaden setting up for a big move on the purple route. 
Jaden casually clipping draws on purple.
Katlyn chalking up after the start crux on the volume route.


Katlyn working her way through the geometric maze on the volume route.


Nearing the top after wrestling up the volumes.

Nolan taking a second to figure out the beta on his way up the black route.

Nolan working up the orange slab route.

Emily (left) getting close to the top of the yellow arete, while Nolan (right) confirms a send.

Tanner halfway up the pink route.

Tanner throwing the thumbs up after a send of the volume route.

Tuesday, April 5

Gregory Hills - Graffiti Clean Up

This past Saturday, volunteers with Billings Parks & Rec and members of the climbing community came together to clean up a large amount of graffiti that had appeared on the walls of the local crag, Gregory Hills.  Of those volunteers, we had several Steepteam members come out and contribute.  It was a great day with gorgeous weather, and the cleaning went much faster than expected!  We want to throw out a HUUUGE thank you to Parks & Rec for organizing this event, as well as to all of the community member, climbers and non-climbers, who came out to help beautify the Rims!

Nolan striking a pose after a long day of scrubbing.

Climbers, Charlie, Jaden and Carter posing with local legend, Chad Chadwick.

Assistant Coach, Brady, doing what he does best... looking good.

Local hardman, Brian Hagerty, helping out with the clean up, but mostly reminiscing about "back in the day."

Charlie getting amped up about being the water boy.

Brady grinding away at a tagged boulder.

Monday, March 21

Spring Fling 2016



Date: April 9, 2016

Location: Spire Climbing Center - 13 Enterprise Blvd, Bozeman, MT

Schedule:
9:00am - Registration Opens* 
10:00am - Climbing Begins 
12:00pm - BBQ
2:00pm - Climbing Ends 
2:30pm - Awards
*We are asking that all Steepteam members arrive by 9:30 at the latest.  

Registration can be taken care of online at http://www.spireclimbingcenter.com/onlineregistration. Early registration ends 4/3/16, and is $40, registration after 4/3 is $45, and t- shirts are an additional $5.

If it has been over a year since you were at Spire, please save time and fill out a waiver before the morning of the comp by visiting http://www.spireclimbingcenter.com/waiver.

Please remember to bring your harness with you as this is a rope climbing competition. Additional information can be found at: http://www.spireclimbingcenter.com/spring-fling-2016 Please contact 

Dillon Key at (281) 450-2422 if you have any questions!

Sunday, February 21

Spring Session

HOW TO SIGN UP
We will host a sign-up session and first practice Monday, February 29th, from 6pm- 8pm, at Steepworld Climbing gym. Waivers can be signed, team fees can be collected (the team cannot accept credit cards at this time), gym memberships can be paid (credit cards accepted). If you cannot make the sign-up, please call Dillon Key (281-450-2422) prior to secure your spot on the team.

SPRING COMPETITION SEASON
The Steepteam Spring Extended Season is open to current Steepteam members as well as new climbers who are approved by coaches, and focuses on indoor competition climbing. The team will have the opportunity to compete in the USAClimbing Sport Climbing Series (SCS) and travel and compete in competitions from Bozeman to Pocatello.  All competitions are sport climbing competitions, meaning climbers will be on ropes, either top rope (YD-YC) or lead climbing (YB-Jr).

LOCAL CLIMBING or USA CLIMBING
We have decided to renew our focus in developing lifelong climbers. We feel that local competitions provide great benchmarking and goal setting opportunities in a friendly environment while helping foster the greater Montana climbing community.  Thus, we are not requiring team members to participate in USA Climbing sanctioned events. Climbers wishing to compete at a USAC level will still have continued support by the team and coaches.

GEAR
All team members are required to have their own gear, this includes shoes, chalk bag, and appropriate climbing attire.  Additionally, a harness and belay device (preferably an ATC) is highly recommended for all climbers, and required for those who wish to compete.

SHOES
Rental shoes greatly hinder the development of good footwork and are not acceptable. Shape and fit are the number one priority. All team members should have a climbing shoe with a downward pointed toe, preferably velcro or slip-on. The fit of the shoe should be snug and tight with little foot pain. Shoes should be sized for no more than six months of growth. 

2015 SPRING SCHEDULE
Starting Monday, February 29th practices will be twice a week, Monday and Thursdays with breaks for the holidays at Steepworld Climbing Gym, and will continue through May 12th.    Junior and Senior Team: 6pm - 8pm

EXPECTED COMPETITION SEASON COSTS
$225 + competition fees and travel costs = total for the 2.5 month Spring session. The total cost is broken down below.

TEAM FEE
$120.00 - Fees cover coaches time and travel for 19 practices, 3 competitions, insurance, administration, and other necessities needed to run the Steepteam nonprofit program. Currently the non-profit is unable to accept credit cards.

GYM FEES
$105 for a 3 month gym membership. Steepteam practices at Steepworld Climbing Gym in Billings Montana but is a separately operated non-profit, thus two different fees need to be paid. Team members are expected to maintain a membership at the gym while team is in session. Annual and family memberships are also available that may reduce costs. Gym fees are separate from team fees.

COMPETITION FEES
To be determined. Climbing competitions have entry fees around $40-$60 per competition and the team attends at minimum 1-2 competitions per season. These prices are set by the host gym and cover the costs for routesetters to set and prepare for the comp as well as t-shirts, awards, gym time, etc.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Steepteam offers need based scholarships on a case by case basis. Talk to Steepteam Director Joel Anderson (406) 860-7616

ABOUT STEEPTEAM
Steepteam is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing climbing mentorship and training to Billings area youth interested in improving their climbing skills through practice and competition.
Competitive Head Coach: Dillon Key (281) 450-2422;  Assistant Coach: Aj Elliston

Non-Profit Board Members: Joel Anderson (406) 860-7616, Joel Svec, Jim Barron

Sunday, January 24

Montana Bouldering Championships 2016

Hosted at SteepWorld Climbing Gym on Saturday, January 30th.  See poster below for more details.  Hope to see you there!



Thursday, October 29

Full Gravity Day 2015



SATURDAY, November 14.  Climbing goes from 10a- 1p, check in begins at 9a.  We ask that all Steepteam climbers arrive by 9:30a at the latest.  Pre-registration fee is $40, or $45 at the door, for registered USAC climbers as well as non-USAC climbers.

Online registration and more information can be found HERE

Full Gravity Day will be held at Spire Climbing Center, located at 13 Enterprise Blvd.
Be sure to fill out a liability waiver prior to arriving on competition day, this waiver can be filled out electronically HERE.

All Steepteam members are expected to travel and attend local competitions, if you have a conflict and will not be able to attend, please contact Dillon Key at (281) 450-2422 via text or call.

Please contact Dillon Key or Joel Anderson with any questions, either at practice or by phone.