Monday, September 10

Final 2012 Fall Expectations, Schedule, and Costs

The Steepteam board board met last week and finalized the fall program.

The 2012 Fall Winter Session focuses on indoor competition climbing.  The team participates in the USA Climbing American Bouldering Series (ABS).  All competitions are bouldering competitions, meaning climbs are 10-15 feet tall and climbers do not use ropes.  Steepteam attends competitions in Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, and other locations as climbers qualify their way to the ABS Youth National Championships usually hosted in the front range of Colorado around the end of February.   

All team members are expected to be a member of USA Climbing, regularly attend practices, attend two local competitions (Missoula, Bozeman, or Billings) and compete at the Regional Championship in Bozeman.  If climbers are looking for a more casual climbing experience Steepworld hosts a less intensive Steep School program.  Call the the gym for more info.


Sep 27th - Team signups and registration at Steepworld  6pm - 7:30pm

Oct 2nd - Team Starts regularly scheduled practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Oct 13th - Optional Senior Team trip to the Butte Bouldering Bash outdoor bouldering competition.

Oct 27th - Missoula Competition at Freestone Climbing Gym.

Nov 10th - Bozeman Competition at Spire Climbing Center

Nov 17th - Billings Competition at Steepworld.  This event will also be the grand opening of the new expansion at Steepworld.

Dec 8th - Regional Championship in Bozeman at Spire Climbing Center !!! 

Jan 12-13th - Divisional Championship in Portland at Clubsport

Jan 28th - Last official team practice of the season
Feb 2nd - Montana Bouldering Championships in Billings at Steepworld

Mar 1-3rd - National Championships in Colorado Springs

The total cost is broken down below.

Gym fees: $135 for a 4 month gym membership.  Annual and family memberships are also available.

Competition fees: To be determined. USA Climbing is the governing organization for youth climbing.  Their membership fee is $80.  You can sign up here.  Climbing competitions have entry fees around $25-$45 per competition.  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.  

Team Fee: $150 Fees cover coaches time and travel for a minimum of25 practices plus coaching at competitions, uniforms, insurance, administration, and other necessities needed to run the Steepteam non-profit program.

Steepteam offers need based scholarships.  Inquire with Thad or Joel.