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YOUTH ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAMS AND TEAMS

The Bend Endurance Academy Climbing Program strives to be at the forefront of youth climbing.  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

Competition Team

Competition Teams

Our competition climbing teams are 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 Teams train and compete 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 USA Climbing Qualifying Events and Regional Championships. 

Permission of the Climbing Director is required in order to participate on this team. If you have any questions about this program please contact: brady@bendenduranceacademy.org

2021/2022 Season Info

  • Must have previously competed in a USA Climbing Regional Championship
  • Participants must have their own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

What’s Included:

  • Coaching at scheduled Comp Team practices
  • Coaching at Regional, Divisional, and National Championships
  • Team T-shirt or Tank
  • Access to discounted climbing equipment through industry partners

What’s Not Included:

  • Bend Rock Gym Membership
  • USA Climbing membership
  • Competition entry fees
  • Travel, entry fees, and/or coaching fees at local competitions

Dates: September 13th – USA Climbing Youth Nationals tentatively scheduled 2nd week of July. 


B/A/Jr – Competition Team

Born 2007 or before

  • Monday:4:15pm – 6:45pm
  • Wednesday: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 4:15pm – 6:45pm

Tuition: $4,000 – monthly installments available ~ $400


C/D – Competition Team

 Born 2008 or after

  • Monday: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Tuition: $3,500 – Monthly installments available ~ $350

Development Team

Development Teams

Our Development Teams are designed for youth aged climbers with previous climbing experience who are looking for an introduction to a performance and competition based climbing program.

Our coaches have developed these programs to help youth with the passion for climbing excel. Participants will be introduced to the physical, technical, and tactical aspects of performance based climbing in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.

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

Program Info

  • Must have previous climbing experience
  • Must have their own climbing shoes, chalk bag, and harness
  • Must maintain a current and valid Bend Rock Gym EFT membership

High School Development Team

Fall Term

Dates:  September 14th – January 21st

  • Tuesday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuition: $1000 – Monthly installments available ~ $250


Middle School Development Team

Fall Term

Dates:  September 14th – January 21st

  • Tuesday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuition: $1000 – Monthly installments available ~ $250


Youth Development Team

Fall Term

Dates: September 13 – January 20th

  • Monday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Tuition: $1000 – Monthly installments available ~ $250

Wednesday Outdoor Program

Wednesday Outdoor Program

This program offers our participants the opportunity to gain experience with outdoor climbing. Our coaches will pick up participants from their schools, take them rock climbing, and have them back in time for dinner. This program is a great contrast to our indoor programs with the focus on the love for the outdoors, good climbing ethics, technical skills, and learning to climb outside. Our guides will take participants to Smith Rock State Park and other local climbing areas around Bend. 

We can pick up from most schools around Bend depending on the participant roster. Please check in with the climbing director to make sure that transportation can be arranged. Contact: brady@bendenduranceacademy.org

Program Info

  • Must have previous climbing experience
  • Must own their own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Climbing helmets will be provided
  • Transportation from school, to the climbing area, and 
  • Pick up will be at the Bend Endurance Academy offices located at 370 SE 3rd St. Suite 2 

Middle School & High School Outdoors

Dates: September 15th, 22nd, & 29th

Time: 2-7pm

Price: $300


Elementary School Outdoors

Dates: October 6th, 13th & 20th

Time: 1-6pm

Price: $300

Climbing Trips

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.


Summer Climbing Trips

The Fins

Come test your sport climbing skills at the best limestone venue in the PNW. Bend Endurance Academy will spend 6 days pulling down on pockets and camping atop a 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.  

  • Dates: June 22 – 27
  • Cost: $750
  • Requirements: Age 14 and up and must climb 5.11+ outdoors
  • Max Participants: 8

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 19 – 25
  • Cost: $800
  • Requirements: Ages 13 and up and must climb V5 indoors
  • Max Participants: 10

Lost Rocks 

Join BEA for a bouldering trip to the Northern California Coast. Lost Rocks offers one of the most aesthetic settings for a climbing trip in the US.  With boulders right on the beach it’s not uncommon to be sitting on your crashpads between climbs and catch a glimpse of a Humpback whale just off the coast. 

In addition to the perfect backdrop and jaw dropping sunsets we’ll also make time to check out some of the best Redwood groves, surf sessions on the beach, and oceanside sport climbs! 

  • Dates: September 1-6
  • Cost: $600
  • Requirements: Ages 13 and up and must climb at least V5 in the gym
  • Max Participants: 10
Summer Programs & Camps

Summer Camps

Join BEA and our coaches for three days of outdoor climbing fun.

In our youth camps participants will spend time bouldering, top roping, and learning what it takes to utilize climbing skills attained indoors, and apply them to climbing outdoors. 

Camps are designed for those young climbers with previous climbing experience.  All participants must have their own climbing shoes and harness.  Helmets can be provided if climbers need on.

 

Details:

  • Ages 8 – 11
  • Must have previous climbing experience
  • Participants must have their own climbing shoes and harness

Times for all Camps: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

All Camps include transportation to and from Bend.

Dates:

  • June 28 – 30, 2021
  • August 2 – 4, 2021
  • August 16 – 18, 2021

 

Cost: $360


Summer Indoors

Join your teammates and coaches for one day a week training to stay in shape and keep your skills sharp.

  • Thursdays 9:00AM  – 12:00PM
  • July 22 – August 26
  • Open to members of a BEA climbing team

Cost: $350

Adult Programs

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 Indoor and Outdoor Coaching for Youth and Adults

Private Indoor Coaching 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 for Youth or Adults

Our climbing assessments have been developed over the course of coaching climbing for over 15 years and are designed to provide you with a path towards improving your performance.

Climbing Assessment Includes:

  • 90 minute in person 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.


Private and Small Group Outdoor Guiding for Youth

Hiring one of our youth coaches and guides is a great way to give  youth climbers some experience climbing outdoors. Our coaches and guides work year round with youth climbers in the indoor and competition realm and are highly skilled in getting kids on appropriate routes for their size and ability on boulders and sport climbs.

Cost:1 Person: $120 Half Day – $160 Full Day
2 People: $100 Half Day – $140 Full Day
3 People $80 Half Day – $120 Full Day
4 People $60 Half Day – $100 Full Day


Outdoor Project Coaching for Adults

Sometimes you just need a little extra help breaking into new grades or repointing your latest project. Our coaches will help you break down your beta, refine your tactics, and help you be in the best metal space in order to set you up for success.

Cost: 1 Person: $140 half day – $200 full day
2 People: $200 half day – $250 full day


Custom Sessions and Training for Youth or Adults

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!

Contact Climbing

Climbing Director

Email: brady@bendenduranceacademy.org

Office Phone: 541-904-5048

Climbing Coaches

Mike Rougeux

Coach's Bio

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.

USA Climbing Level 2 Coaching Certification

Kelly Williams

Coach's Bio

Kelly, a Bend Oregon native, has been actively climbing and training for the past 10 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.”

USA Climbing Level 2 Coaching Certification

Brady Kendrick

Coach's Bio

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.”

USA Climbing Level 2 Coaching Certification

Gabe Mcfarlane

Coach's Bio
Gabe is currently working towards his Bachelors’s degree in Tourism Recreation and Adventure Leadership with a focus on Adventure Leadership Education at OSU-Cascades.  Since moving to Bend four years ago for college he has immersed himself in the outdoor and climbing community in our beautiful Central Oregon!  After coaching for more than six years he is determined to continue to use his education and passion for the sport to inspire youth to challenge themselves and seek out what they enjoy doing in life as he did with climbing.
  • Climbing Wall Instructor: Lead Certified
  • Coaching climbing since 2013
  • First Aid CPR
Why I coach: “Climbing can be an amazing form of expression.  As a sophomore in high school, I started working at a local climbing gym and found that I loved the movement of this unique sport and the community centered around it!  As I moved on in life and relocated to Bend for college as a Computer Science major, I found myself wanting nothing other than to be active indoors or out, and my favorite way to do this was to climb.  After my first year in Bend, I changed my major to Tourism and started coaching at the Bend Rock Gym, reigniting my passion for climbing! I coach to share this joy and passion I find in climbing with others.”

Ricky Marine

Coach's Bio
After starting climbing in 2016, Ricky moved to San Diego to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and boulder on Southern California granite. Since then, he has come back to Bend, OR to finish his degree, climb as much as possible, and work on obtaining a teaching license with hopes of becoming a high school math teacher one day. Ricky is excited to be apart of BEA so he can grow as a teacher, coach, and climber. 
 
Why I Coach: “When I started climbing, I had mentors and coaches at BEA who kept me motivated and excited to achieve my goals, whether it is climbing, school, or anything else. These people passed along the tools I need for success in anything I choose to do. I coach because I want to pass along the same thing so all athletes can experience that same joy I do.”