Monday, April 30

Summer Start Date Change

The summer program will start a week later than initially planned.  The new start date is Tuesday May 15th.  If you were at sign-ups last Thursday, the handout given to you is the correct date.

We also have a couple openings still remaining for the summer program.  If you are interested contact
Joel Anderson at (406)860-7616 or Thad McGrail (406)860-0118.

Thursday, April 5

Steepteam 2012 Summer Program

for the summer team schedule see the post below
Steepteam is not a guide service for beginners. Steepteam is a program for youth with climbing experience to develop further skills towards becoming a life long rock climber. Outdoor safety techniques are the primary focus of our outdoor summer session. Younger team members will learn and practice the skills of top roping while older team members learn and develop their sport climbing techniques.  Everyone is expected to attend the May indoor sessions.  Climbers showing minimal progress with the taught safety techniques will not be allowed to join the team outside.
Our outdoor trips frequent locations like the Rims above Billings, the Pryor Mountains, Cody WY, and Ten Sleep, WY. We maintain a maximum 4:1 climber to guide ratio on all outdoor trips.
To maintain a safe climbing environment we strictly adhere to a 4:1 climber to guide ratio in our outdoor sessions. Thus, we will be capping the number of climbers in the summer program to 24. Previous Steepteam members will have the first right of refusal to join the summer program. We will host a registration session at Steepworld Climbing Gym on Thursday April 26th from 5:30pm - 7pm. If you cannot attend the registration session and plan on climbing with the team this summer, please call Joel Anderson at (406)860-7616 or Thad McGrail (406)860-0118 prior to the 26th. After April 26th, if any openings remain, we will invite new members from the waiting list. 
If you are interested in Steepteam but new to rock climbing Steepworld Climbing Gym offers great options for beginner climbers.  The Steepteam fall competitive session is open to all youth climbers ages 9-18 interested in attending climbing competitions.  The fall session will begin in October, details and schedule are to be determined but expected to be similar to previous years.
The team fee for the summer session is $250 per climber. Steepteam operates as a 501c3 non-profit and all fees go directly back into the program. The summer fee helps us pay for experienced coaches and guides, group gear (ropes, anchors, and quickdraws), insurance, and other administrative costs associated with running the Steepteam program. For comparison's sake, a hired climbing guide for a full day will cost you $200-$350. We're offering 6 indoor education sessions and 9 outdoor sessions. Team members are also expected to maintain a membership at Steepworld Climbing Gym while the team uses their facilities. Steepworld is currently offering a summer membership deal: Unlimited indoor climbing for 4 months (May, June, July, August) for $90.