Saturday, September 27

Steepteam First Practice Tuesday & Steepworld Sale!!!

First practice is this Tuesday September 30th!  Come down, signup, and climb.  Full details are in post below.   If you're indecisive, we offer full refunds on the team fee before the 3rd practice.

As a benefit, all team members get $10 off climbing shoes at Steepworld.  In addition to that, Steepworld is currently hosting a progessive sale where you can get up to 40% off all clothing and outerwear.

Tuesday, September 9

Winter 2014-2015 Competitive Season Finalized

We will host a sign-up session and first practice Tuesday, September 30th. 6pm for Junior Team and 7:30pm for Senior Team, 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 / first practice please call Joel Anderson (406-860-7616) prior to secure your spot on the team.

The Steepteam Fall Winter Season is open to all youth climbers ages 8-18 and focuses on indoor competition climbing. The team will participate in a tour of bouldering competitions against other Montana youth teams in Missoula and Bozeman. All competitions are bouldering competitions, meaning climbs are 10-15 feet tall with a padded floor and climbers do not use ropes.

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.

All team members are required to have their own gear, this includes shoes, chalk bag, and appropriate climbing attire.

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. As bonus Steepworld has offered all team members a $10 coupon for climbing shoes and there is currently a good selection of shoes already on sale now.

Starting Tuesday, September 30th practices will be twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays with breaks for the holidays at Steepworld Climbing Gym.
Junior Team: (born in 2006 - 2002) 6pm - 7:30pm
Senior Team: (born in 2001 - 1996) 7:30pm - 9pm

October 18 - Saturday - Missoula Competition
November 8 - Saturday - Bozeman Competition
November 22 - Saturday - Billings Competition
December 6 - Saturday - (OPTIONAL) USAC Regional Championship - Garden City, ID
January 10-11 - Sat-Sun - (OPTIONAL) USAC Divisional Championship - Reno, NV
January 31 - Saturday - Montana Bouldering Championships - Billings
February 13-15 - Fri-Sun - (OPTIONAL) USAC National Championship - Madison, WI
Full Calendar Schedule can be found here.

$335 + competition fees and travel costs = total for the 4 month Winter session. The total
cost is broken down below.

$200. Fees cover coaches time and travel for 30 practices, 4 competitions, team shirt, insurance, administration, and other necessities needed to run the Steepteam nonprofit program. Currently the non-profit is unable to accept credit cards.

$135 for a 4 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.

To be determined. Climbing competitions have entry fees around $25-$45 per competition and the team attends at minimum 3 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.

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

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

Sunday, September 7

Assistant Coach Position

We're finalizing planning for the 2014-15 indoor competitive season. Full information will be up on the steepteam website Tuesday September 9th.

Steepteam is looking for an assistant coach to work with our head coach Dillon Key.
Skills we are looking for; the love of climbing, positive attitude, the ability to boulder V2 outdoors, and comfortable leadership skills with kids.  Must be available Tuesday nights 6-9pm, Thursday nights 6-9pm, and some Saturdays, October through end of January (holidays excluded). CPR and First Aid training are not mandatory at start of the season but will be expected to be acquired within a reasonable time.  Compensation is on an hourly basis, based on experience.

If interested please send a brief one page resume to and or contact Joel Anderson at 406-860-7616