Rock Climbing

Youth Rock Climbing Programs and Teams

The Bend Endurance Academy Climbing Program strives to be at the forefront of climbing focused youth programming.  Our programs are designed to inspire and fuel the next generation of climbers, and focus on developing well-rounded climbers who respect the climbing community and excel in the sport.   The BEA climbing team consistently has climbers qualify and compete at the national level and has been one of the top 10 youth teams at national championships. 

Our climbing coaches bring over 30 years of sport-specific knowledge to the program combined with a professional and holistic approach to coaching and mentoring youth.  We are committed to providing a safe and encouraging place for individuals to grow as athletes. We value hard work, commitment to the team, respect for the sport and a willingness to continually strive for improvement.  Our coaches work hard to be the coach that each individual needs on any given day and support our athletes in all aspects of their development.

Our indoor climbing programs operate in partnership with the Bend Rock Gym, which serves as our climbing program offices and our training and practice location.  

With the plentiful crags and boulders in the Central Oregon area, we also offer the option of outdoor climbing trips to the world-class Smith Rock State Park and other local crags.

If you don’t see a climbing program that fits your child’s ability or age, we encourage you to look into the great youth programs from our partners at Bend Rock Gym

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Competition Team

Our competition climbing team is designed for the motivated and driven youth climber who is looking for professional coaching in a fun and supportive environment.  Our coaches spend time guiding each of the athletes towards being the best climber they can be while pursuing their individual climbing goals.

The Competition Team trains and competes in USA Climbing sanctioned climbing competitions at the Local, Regional, Divisional, National, and International level.

Comp Team members must be willing to commit to a three day a week training schedule and are required to compete in two locals per USA Climbing Season, and the USA Climbing Regional Championships for each of the seasons.

Permission of the Climbing Director is required in order to participate on this team. If you have questions on if this is the right fit for your climber please contact: mike@bendenduranceacademy.org

  • Ages 12 – 19
  • Must have previously competed in a USA Climbing Regional Championship
  • Previous Climbing Experience Required
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership
  • Practices: Monday 4:15pm – 6:45pm, Wednesday 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Thursday 4:15 – 6:45pm
  • September 9, 2019 – June 11, 2020

Tuition: $3100

What’s Included:

  • Coaching at scheduled Comp Team practices
  • Two private sessions per year
  • Coaching at Regional, Divisional, and National Championships
  • Team T-shirt or Tank
  • Access to discounted climbing equipment though industry partners

What’s Not Included:

  • Bend Rock Gym Membership
  • USA Climbing membership 
  • Championship Competition entry fees
  • Travel, entry fees, and/or coaching fees at local competitions
 Team members must have a current and valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Summer 2020 Indoor Sessions

Open to to all Middle School aged and up BEA climbers.  Join in for an informal “training” session and start getting ready for the fall bouldering season. The seven weeks will focus on keeping skills sharp, having fun, and working on increasing our movement skills.

  • Wednesdays
  • July 15 – August 26th
  • 7:00am – 10:00am
  • Cost: $230

 

High School Team

The Bend Endurance High School Team is designed for High School age climbers with previous climbing experience who are looking for an introduction to a performance and competition based climbing program.  

Our coaches have developed a program that helps youth with the passion to excel in the sport of climbing.  Participants will be introduced to the physical, technical, and tactical aspects of performance based climbing in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. 

We do require participants participate in one USA Climbing local competition per season and encourage participants to compete in the USA Climbing Regional Championships 

The High School team is broken into two seasons to simulate the two separate seasons of USA Climbing’s competition schedule.  The Fall session tends to focus more on bouldering, while the Spring session add more rope and lead climbing into the mix.  

Previous climbing experience is required and we encourage you to contact our Climbing Program Director to make sure this program is an appropriate fit for your climber. If you have a newer climber please check out the great youth programs at Bend Rock Gym

  • Ages 14- 18
  • Must have previous climbing experience
  • Must have own climbing shoes, chalk bag, and harness
  • Must maintain a current and valid Bend Rock Gym EFT membership
  • Practices: Monday 4:15pm – 6:45pm, Wednesday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Spring Session: January 13 , 2020 – May 20, 2020

Tuition: $840

 Team members must have a current and valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Summer 2020 Indoor Sessions

Open to to all Middle School aged and up BEA climbers.  Join in for an informal “training” session and start getting ready for the fall bouldering season. The seven weeks will focus on keeping skills sharp, having fun, and working on increasing our movement skills.

  • Wednesdays
  • July 15 – August 26th
  • 7:00am – 10:00am
  • Cost: $230

Development Team

The Bend Endurance Development Team is designed for Middle School age climbers with previous climbing experience who are looking for an introduction to a performance and competition based climbing program.  

Our coaches have developed a program that helps youth with the passion to excel in the sport of climbing.  Participants will be introduced to the physical, technical, and tactical aspects of performance based climbing in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. We do require participants participate in one USA Climbing local competition per season and encourage participants to compete in the USA Climbing Regional Championships. 

The Development Team is broken into two seasons to simulate the two separate seasons of USA Climbings competition schedule.  The Fall session tends to focus more on bouldering, while the Spring session add more rope and lead climbing into the mix. 

Previous climbing experience is required and we encourage you to contact our Climbing Program Director to make sure this program is an appropriate fit for your climber. If you have a newer climber please check out the great youth programs Bend Rock Gym

  • Ages 12 – 14
  • Must have previous climbing experience
  • Must have own climbing shoes, chalk bag, and harness
  • Must maintain a current and valid Bend Rock Gym EFT membership
  • Practices: Monday 4:15pm – 6:45pm, Wednesday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Spring Session: January 13, 2020 – May 20, 2020

Tuition $840

 Team members must have a current and valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Summer 2020 Indoor Sessions

Open to to all Middle School aged and up BEA climbers.  Join in for an informal “training” session and start getting ready for the fall bouldering season. The seven weeks will focus on keeping skills sharp, having fun, and working on increasing our movement skills.

  • Wednesdays
  • July 15 – August 26th
  • 7:00am – 10:00am
  • Cost: $230

Youth Team

Perfect for the younger committed and experienced climber looking at being a part of a climbing team in an age-appropriate setting. The Youth Team places a strong emphasis on climbing movement skills and building a strong foundation to become a better climber while introducing sound competition climbing strategies and techniques in a developmentally appropriate way. 

The Fall session will follow the USA Climbing Bouldering season while the Spring session will follow the USA Climbing Sport and Speed season.  We do require participants participate in one USA Climbing local competition per season and encourage participants to compete in the USA Climbing Regional Championships 

  • Ages 8 – 11
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Previous experience required in either a Bend Rock Gym youth program or permission of the Climbing Director
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership
  • Practices: Tuesday 3:30pm – 5:30pm Thursday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Spring Session: January 14, 2020 – May 21, 2020

Tuition: $735

Youth Team members must have a current and valid Bend Rock Gym membership

 

Summer 2020 Rock Camps

These camps are designed for the youth climber that has previous climbing experience and is looking to take their skills outdoors.  During the program we will focus most of our time getting as much climbing in as possible.  Our coaches and guides will be sure to get the climbers on some of the best climbs for their ability.

 

Youth Camp

UPDATE- logistics around van transportation may changed due to COVID-19 

Join our experienced coaches for three days of exploring outdoor climbing.  This three day day camp is perfect for those younger climbers that have a bunch of indoor climbing experience and are excited about getting to climb outside.  Over the course of the three days participants will have the chance to get on climbs and boulders that challenge them and give the the opportunity to push themselves.

  • Ages 8 – 11
  • August 17 – 19, 2020
  • 7:00am – 2:30pm
  • Participants are required to have previous climbing experience and know how to belay.
  • Helmet provided upon request.
  • 3 climbers minimum
    • Cost: $360

Middle School – High School Camp

UPDATE- logistics around van transportation may changed due to COVID-19 

Time to take the skills and strength gained from climbing indoors and apply it to real rock!  This camp is designed for the experienced Middle – High School aged climber who is looking to gain a better understanding of climbing outdoors.  Participants will have the opportunity to hop on some of the best boulders in Central Oregon and explore the climbs of Smith Rock.

  • July 14- 16, 2020
  • 7:00am – 2:30pm
  • Participants are required to have previous climbing experience and know how to belay.
  • Helmet provided upon request.
  • 3 climbers minimum
    • Cost: $360

Competition Team Camp

UPDATE- logistics around van transportation may changed due to COVID-19 

This camp is designed for the youth climber who trains and competes with a youth competition team.  Each day we will be seeking out the best climbs at Smith or boulders around Central Oregon for each participant and working on solid outdoor climbing tactics.

  • June 30 – July 2, 2020
  • 7:00am – 2:30pm
  • Youth B and Above as of the 2020/21 season
  • Participants should have a solid foundation of belaying (top rope and/or lead)
  • Helmet provided upon request.
  • 3 climbers minimum, 6 climbers max.
    • Cost: $360

 

Road trips are the highlight of every climber’s career.  Join us and hit the road for traveling, camping, climbing and tons of good times. All trips start and end in Bend, OR at Bend Endurance Academy offices. Trips are open to youth climbers from any team that fit the age and ability requirements. Please contact Mike@bendenduranceacademy.org if you have questions about which trip is appropriate for you.


Bishop Spring Break 2020

Bishop is renowned as one of the premier bouldering destinations on the planet. Located on the east side of the Sierra’s, the weather is ideal during Winter, Spring, and Fall. This bouldering trip is perfect for the V4 and up climber from ages 12 and up. We will be camping at the Browns Mill Pond Campground and spending our days bouldering in one of the many different bouldering areas. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided by our culinary master Chef McDonald. (much better than the fast food restaurant)  Rest day activities include, yard games, bakery sampling, skin rejuvenation, and hot springs.

  • March 21st – March 28th
  • Space is limited to 18 climbers
  • Cost: $700

Summer 2020 Day Trips

UPDATE- logistics around van transportation and locations may changed due to COVID-19 

 

Join the BEA Climbing Coaches and your friends for a day of climbing.  Each of these four separate day trips are different and will provide the participant the opportunity to check out a variety of types of rock, explore different local crags and boulders within a days drive of town.

Participants should have previous climbing experience and be capable of climbing in the 5.11 or up range or V6 and up for boulders.

  • Day Trip #1 (Smith Rock)
    • June 15th 7:00am – 2:30pm
    • Cost: $80
  • Day Trip #2 (Oregon Bouldering)
    • July 6th 7:00am – 4:30pm
    • Cost: $100
  • Day Trip #3 (Bend Bouldering)
    • July 27th 7:00am – 1:30pm
    • Cost: $80
  • Day Trip #4 (Central Oregon Climbing)
    • August 10th 7:00am – 1:30pm
    • Cost: $80

Summer 2020 Road Trips – ONHOLD Due to COVID-19 – Stay Tuned For More Info

The Fins

 

Come test your sport climbing skills at the best limestone venue in the PNW. Bend Endurance Academy will spend 5 days pulling down on pockets and camping atop this beautiful limestone covered valley. This trip is best suited for our more experienced outdoor lead climbers. Camping will be a bit more primitive than our other trips so campers need to come prepared to rough it.

  • June 24-28th
  • Cost: $700
  • Requirements: Age 14 and up and must climb 5.11+ outdoors
  • Max Participants: 7

Tahoe

Come spend 6 days climbing and camping around Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit with the Bend Endurance Academy. Tahoe is a perfect summertime outdoor climbing destination. With 100’s of sport climbing and bouldering areas nearby, the hardest part of the trip will be choosing which area to go to each day! We will be camping near Truckee which sits at a higher elevation and is in closer proximity to cool summer climbing zones. Book your trip with us and have the climbing vacation you won’t forget.

  • Dates: July 20-25
  • Cost: $750
  • Requirements: Age 14 and up and must climb V5 indoors
  • Max Participants: 9

Joes Valley

Get in one final climbing trip before school starts. Joe’s Valley Utah has some of the best sandstone bouldering in the country. Bend Endurance Academy will spend 8 days camping and bouldering around this climbers playground. We will be camping at Joe’s Valley Reservoir Campground. Get psyched for bouldering season and book your trip today.

  • Dates: August 29th – September 5th
  • Cost: $800
  • Requirements: Age 12 and up and must climb V4 indoors
  • Max Participants: 12

8 Week Group Training

Ready to take your climbing to the next level? Many adult climbers can benefit from professional coaching, feedback, guided training and focused workouts. These group training sessions will be structured to increase strength, power, and endurance over the eight weeks to get you primed and ready to send! Coaches will also spend time analyzing and working on climbing-specific movements, going over ways to increase efficiency, and work on style specific weaknesses to help make you a better well-rounded climber.

In addition to the weekly coach lead sessions, participants will also receive two workouts to complete on their own during the week.

Some Topics May Include:

  • Onsighting and Redpointing strategies and techniques
  • Successful projecting
  • Mental approach to leading and/or hard boulders
  • Climbing-specific drills and workouts
  • Assessment and tracking

Information

  • Ages 18+
  • Eight-week session
    • Tuesday Group
      • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
      • January 13th – March 2nd
    • Wednesday Group
      • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
      • January 15th – March 4th
  • Max group size of 8 climbers
  • Targeted to climbers climbing in the v4 and higher range and 5.11 and up.
  • Sessions held at Bend Rock Gym.

 

Cost: $360

 


Individual Training Plans

We’ve found that many climbers need an objective look at their climbing and a personalized approach to their training in order to help them reach their goals.  These custom plans are perfect for a climber who is looking to break through that plateau, send their long term project, increase their climbing fitness, or get ready for an upcoming trip or climbing season.

All of the below options include a 90 minute Climbing Assessment with written and video review of your climbing,  a specific amount of private sessions, and two custom workouts per week for you to do on your own.  All of the workouts will be accessible via a web and app based platform to give you access to the exercises and descriptions while you’re in the gym training.

 

4 Week Tune Up

  • 90 Minute Assessment
  • Written and Video Analysis 
  • Four week tune up plan meant to target specific area i.e; power, strength, power endurance, etc
  • $250

6 Week Training

  • 90 Minute Assessment 
  • Written and Video Analysis 
  • Custom training plan
  • Custom weekly workouts 
  • One private (90min) coaching sessions 
  • $350

8 Week Training

  • 90 Minute Assessment
  • Written and Video Analysis 
  • Custom training plan
  • Custom weekly workouts
  • Two private (90min) coaching sessions
  • $425

12 Week Training

  • 90 Minute Assessment
  • Written and Video Analysis 
  • Custom training plan
  • Custom weekly workouts
  • Three private (90min) coaching sessions
  • $500

Contact mike@bendenduarnceacademy.org to schedule your session today!

Private Sessions

A private coaching session allows for a more individualized approach and perspective for the climber.  These 90 minute sessions will focus on targeting individual weaknesses and inefficient movement patterns.

  • Youth: Private sessions are perfect for our youth climbers on any BEA Youth Climbing Team to receive more individualized attention. Private sessions are also available to any experienced youth climber looking to increase their movement skills, identify weakness or prep for an upcoming competition.

 

  • Adults:  Many adult climbers can benefit from an objective analysis of their climbing movements and their tactical approach to climbing. Private sessions can include: movement skills, basic programming or planning of training for climbing, tactical and psychological approach to climbing, goal identification and planning, and more.

Cost: $90 per 90 min session

Contact mike@bendenduarnceacademy.org to schedule your private session.


Climbing Assessment

A climbing assessment is a great way to see where you’re at and what areas of climbing you could benefit most from focusing on.

Climbing Assessment Includes:

  • 90 minute climbing evaluation
  • Written climbing evaluation with suggested areas to focus on
  • Video analysis from climbing session

Cost: $100

Contact mike@bendenduarnceacademy.org to schedule your Climbing Assessment session.


Custom Sessions and Training

Have an upcoming climbing trip coming up that you want to be in peak shape for?  Looking to identify how to break through a plateau?   We’re more than happy to work with individuals on developing custom training and coaching sessions.  We have coaches on staff that can work on increased flexibility and mobility, mental and physical preparation, nutrition, and more. Be sure to check out our custom 6, 8, and 12 week climbing programs under the Adult Programs tab above.

Contact mike@bendenduarnceacademy.org to come up with a plan that works best for you!




Climbing Staff

Mike Rougeux

Climbing Director

Questions regarding our climbing programs?

Email: Mike@BendEnduranceAcademy.org

Cell: 541.419.5071

Mike has been working with kids in the outdoors for over 20 years and has a degree in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership from Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont. Mike has worked as a climbing coach, climbing guide, and route setter since 2006.

  • Climbing Program Director
  • Coaching competitive climbing since 2006
  • USA Climbing Level 2 certified coach
  • First Aid CPR
  • American Mountain Guides Association training

Why I coach: I coach because I find it challenging and fun.   The challenging side of coaching is trying to be the best coach for each individual.  For some that means pushing them, for others that means listening, and for all it’s being supportive of them. I like the challenge of trying to figure out which coach each kid needs me to be at that one specific time.

Kelly Williams

Kelly, a Bend Oregon native, has been actively climbing and training for the past six years. She has worked in the outdoor industry since 2009 and has maintained her love and passion for the outdoors. She brings a fun and energetic vibe to the climbing community as well as coaching.

  • Coaching climbing since 2012
  • Certified Yoga Teacher
  • Certified Nutritionist
  • USA Climbing Level 2 Coach

Why I Coach?: “For me, the most rewarding part of being a climbing coach is not only seeing the kids climbing improve, but also seeing their self-esteem improving as well. When I see a kid gain more confidence after getting to the top of a route that they thought they couldn’t do the emotion in their face says it all.”

Brady Kendrick

Brady earned a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Programming at the University of North Texas. After college, he headed to Colorado and became a rock climbing instructor, coaching a climbing team and leading trips outdoors. For the following year and a half, Brady traveled the western U.S., living on the road, climbing desert towers and classic long multi-pitch routes. Brady has now settled in Bend, Oregon where he continues to share his love for rock climbing with others.

  • American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor
  • Instructing climbing for all ages since 2010
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • USA Climbing Level 2 Coach

Why I Coach?: “One of the best parts about coaching the BEA climbers is witnessing the positive impact we help make on our participants. When we get another child hooked on the pursuit of climbing, we not only give them confidence on the rock, we also give them more confidence in everyday life.”

Olivia Brumwell

Olivia’s parents built and owned the first climbing gym in central Oregon, and she was lucky enough to grow up and begin her climbing journey there. As part of the first round of BEA climbers, she has been connected with the organization for her 9 years of competing at the national level.

Olivia being a previous competitive athlete not only gives her insight into the physical aspect of climbing, but the mental as well.

Why I Coach?: “I coach because I love watching the athletes become amazing well rounded people, beyond climbers. Seeing them kick butt and challenge themselves inspires me to do the same!”

Bryce Bozovich

We know one thing for sure about Bryce: he is obsessed with rock climbing. Since discovering climbing 4 years ago, he has fully immersed himself in the climbing community. He has worked as a coach, front desk staff, and setter at the Bend Rock Gym. He is beyond stoked to be part of the BEA team this year, and knows that this is the next step towards pursuing a life dedicated towards climbing and sharing that passion with others.

  • CWI – L Certified
  • First Aid Certified
  • CPR Certified
  • Coaching climbing since 2015

Why I Coach?: “When I was a kid, I had a coach that changed my life. I was taught that obstacles are the path to greatness, that failure is an opportunity. I learned that whatever I do with my life, the goal is to be fully engaged. I coach because I want to not only share my passion for climbing, but to positively influence others in the same way my coach did for me.”