2018 - 2019


Rock Climbing

Youth Rock Climbing Programs and Teams

The Bend Endurance Academy Climbing Programs strive 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 the sport. 

Our climbing coaches bring a wealth of sport-specific knowledge to the program combined with a professional and holistic approach to coaching and mentoring youth.

Bend Endurance Academy Climbing Teams help create a lifelong passion for the sport of rock climbing. Our programs give participants the chance to grow as climbers’ and as a team while learning proper climbing etiquette, technique, safety, risk management, and goal setting.

Our Coaching Philosophy

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 one of our training and practice locations. Bend Endurance Academy Climbing programs also offer the unique opportunity of having our own youth dedicated training center at BEA Headquarters.

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 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 for and competes in USA Climbing sanctioned climbing competitions at the local, regional, divisional, and national level.

Comp Team members must be willing to commit to a three day a week training schedule and are expected to compete in the USA Climbing Regional Championships for each of the seasons they are enrolled in.

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
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • September 17, 2018 – June 6, 2019
  • Previous Climbing Experience Required
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

New for Comp Team Members for 2019

  • Saturday extra sessions and outdoor trips throughout the year
  • Four semi-private coaching sessions (one per quarter)

Tuition: $2500

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

High School Team

The perfect fit for those high school age climbers who are passionate about rock climbing and are looking to receive coaching, instruction, and learn new skills.  We recognize that not every climber wants to commit to a dedicated competition and training schedule.  This is the program designed to make sure climbers continue to develop their skills and their enjoyment of the life-long sport of rock climbing.

  • Ages 14 – 18
  • Monday, Thursday
  • 3:30pm – 6:30pm
  • September 17, 2018 – January 10, 2019
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Tuition: $780

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

Wednesday Early Release Outdoors

The perfect way to get outside and get on the rock with other climbers.  This program is designed for our high school team participants and other high school aged climbers with previous climbing experience.  

We will spend our time sampling some of the local outdoor climbing areas while learning what it means to be a climber in the outdoors including proper outdoor climbing etiquette, safety, and risk management.

Participants will be picked up from school for Bend La Pine early release. Van returns to Bend Endurance Academy offices for pickup at 6:00pm

  • Ages 14 – 19
  • Wednesdays
  • 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • October 24, 2018 – November 14, 2018

Tuition: $360

Development Team

The Development Team is perfect for Middle School participant who has previous climbing experience and is looking to take their climbing to the next level.  

Program participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of training for climbing while spending a lot of time building a solid foundation of intermediate to advanced climbing movement and skills.

While participation in competitions is not required for this program they are strongly encouraged.  

Previous climbing experience is required. If you have a newer climber please check out the great youth programs at our partners Bend Rock Gym

  • Ages 12 – 14
  • Monday, Thursday
  • 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • September 17, 2018 – January 10, 2019
  • Previous Climbing Experience Required
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Tuition: $655

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

Wednesday Early Release Outdoors

The perfect way to get outside and get on the rock with other youth climbers.  This program is designed for our development team participants and other middle school aged climbers with previous climbing experience.  

We will spend our time sampling some of the local outdoor climbing areas while learning what it means to be a climber in the outdoors including proper outdoor climbing etiquette, safety, and risk management.

Participants will be picked up from school for Bend La Pine early release. Van returns to Bend Endurance Academy offices for pickup at 6:00pm

  • Ages 12 – 14
  • Wednesdays
  • 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • September 19, 2018 – October 17, 2018

Tuition: $360

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 competition climbing strategies and techniques. Competitions are not required but very strongly encouraged. The first session will follow USA Climbing Bouldering season while the second session will follow the USA Climbing Sport and Speed season.

All team members must maintain an active EFT membership with Bend Rock Gym.

  • Ages 8 – 11
  • Tuesday, Friday
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • September 18, 2018 – January 10, 2019
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Previous experience required in either a Bend Rock Gym youth program or BEA’s Youth Club, or permission of the Climbing Director
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Tuition: $650

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

Youth Club

The Youth Climbing Club is designed for the youth climber who has previous climbing experience and wants to begin the process of being a part of a competitive climbing team.  The Youth Club provides an age-appropriate and welcoming environment for climbers to learn and grow. Sessions will focus on understanding basic climbing etiquette, climbing and gym safety, movement skills and learning how to be an independent climber.

This program is not designed as an introduction to climbing.  If your climber is looking to try rock climbing please visit our partners, Bend Rock Gym, and check out their great youth programs

  • Ages 8 – 11
  • 10-week sessions
  • Wednesday
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Session 1: September 19, 2018 – November 28 2018
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Tuition: $400

Transportation from these schools provided:

  • Highland Elementary @ 2:00 PM
  • Westside Elementary @ 2:10 PM
  • High Lakes Elementary @ 2:15 PM
  • Miller Elementary @ 2:25 PM (Chaperone arrives by 2pm)
Youth Club members must have a current and valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Summer Rock Camps

These camps are designed for the youth climber that has a little bit of previous climbing experience and is looking to take their skills to the outdoors.  During the program we will cover knots, belaying, and climbing movement.  Climbers should expect a full day of lots of climbing.  Our coaches and guides will be sure to get the climbers on some of the best climbs for their ability.

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:

Every climber should make the trip to the Eastern Sierra’s at least once in their lives- or 20 times! The scenery of the Sierras and the world-class bouldering combine for a trip that every climber looks forward to. This trip is suitable for the experienced youth climber who climbs in the v4 range indoors.

Please contact Mike@bendenduranceacademy.org if you have questions about if this is the right trip for your climber.

  • Ages 13+
  • Meet and end at BEA Office
  • Departure and Return time TBD

2018 – 2019 Dates and Rates Coming Soon!

Coaching and Training for Adults

Ready to take your climbing to the next level?

Many adult climbers can benefit from some professional coaching, feedback, guided training and focused workouts.

The coaching 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.

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

 

  • Ages 18+
  • Eight-week session
  • Wednesdays
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Must have previous climbing experience
  • Targeted to climbers climbing in the v3 – v4 range and 5.11 and up.
  • Session 1: September 19 – November 7, 2018
  • Session 2:  November 14, 2018 – January 2, 2019
  • Sessions held at Bend Endurance Academy’s Climbing Training Center and at Bend Rock Gym.
  • Have a climbing partner or two and want your own training schedule?  Contact: mike@bendenduranceacademy.org

Cost: $360

  • Bend Rock Gym – MAP
  • Academy Climbing Training Center – MAP




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 15 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 1 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 four 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.

  • 6 years climbing
  • 7 years working in outdoor industry
  • Using climbing specific training techniques for 4 years
  • USA Climbing 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 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
  • Climbing sine 2007
  • Instructing climbing for all ages since 2010
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • USA Climbing 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.”