After a great summer of outdoor climbing Camps at Smith Rock and training with the Competition Team, we have turned our focus to the Fall Climbing Programs.
Our Wednesday After School Outdoor climbers have been enjoying their time outdoors at Smith Rock and the Youth Development Team is back in the climbing gym with Coaches Kelly & Brady for drills, games and movement exercises.
Youth practice has been especially fun lately. A few days ago, I was filling in for Coach Brady while he was on a climbing trip to China, and Coach Kelly and I noticed the young teammates encouraging each other, spotting each other as they pushed themselves on hard boulder problems, all the while they shared beta, or information about how to solve the problem. Kelly and I had prepared a well-scripted plan on how the practice would flow, but as we watched the athletes excel through a completely organic experience– what we were seeing was so positive– that we decided to just sit back and roll with it.
The end result of this atmosphere was that every single person on the team had their
best day yet of the 2014 season!
The Competition Team hit the ground running this fall in preparation for the bouldering competition season. October is full of competitions throughout Oregon leading up to Regional Championships in Boise, ID. We see the hard work that the athletes have put in over the summer starting to pay off and this is helping motivate everyone during practices.
Coming up next week, for middle schoolers, we have a two-day day “ROCKTOBER Camp” on October 16th and 17th during the days off from
school. This Camp will provide the opportunity for anyone — beginners welcome — to get outside and climb at Smith Rock.
Climbing goes through the entire fall, winter and spring so check out the program info online and look for updates on Facebook and Instagram!
– Mike Rougeux, Climbing Director