Rock Climbing

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 - Ages 12 - 19

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 USA Climbing Qualifying Events in preparation for Regional Championships.

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

2020/2021 Season Info

  • 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

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

Dates:

September 21, 2020 – June 10, 2021

  • Monday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00am

Tuition: $3100


Comp Academy

This semester long program is specially designed as an option for our competition team climbers in Middle and High School.  Participants will spend three full days per week with BEA climbing coaches engaged in outdoor climbing, strength and conditioning, team building activities, and have dedicated time throughout the week to work on their school work. The Academy will strive to provide experiential education opportunities for participants to help create as positive of a learning experience as possible. We value group collaboration, dialogue, and fostering a passion for learning on and off of the climbing wall.

This program also includes all regularly scheduled comp team practices. 

Participants must have a current and valid Bend Rock Gym membership.

Dates

  • Fall Semester: September 14 – February 5
  • Monday: 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 7:00am – 2:30pm

Tuition: $4000

Development Team - Ages 12 - 18

Middle School and High School Development Team

The Development Team is designed for 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 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

Fall 2020 Info

  • Ages 12 – 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
Dates:
September 21, 2020 – December 16, 2020
  • Monday: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Tuition: $950

Youth Teams - Ages 8 - 11

Youth Development Team

Perfect for the younger committed and experienced climber looking to explore competition climbing in an age appropriate setting.

The Youth Development 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 in a developmentally appropriate way.

Fall 2020 Info 

  • 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

Dates:

September 23, 2020 – December 17, 2020

  • Wednesday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Thursday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

 

Tuition: $720


Youth Competition Team

The Youth Competition Team is designed for those youth climbers who have previously competed in a USA Climbing Regional Championship.  
 
Practice sessions will focus on each climbers technical, tactical, and psychological approach to climbing and climbing competitions.  Participants are required to compete is USA Climbing Regional Qualifying Events. 

Fall 2020 Info

  • Ages 8 – 11
  • Participants must have own climbing shoes, harness and chalk bag
  • Previous experience competing in USA Climbing Regional Championship required
  • Must have valid Bend Rock Gym membership

Dates:

September 22, 2020 – January 28, 2021

  • Wednesday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Thursday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Tuition: $950

Camps

Summer 2021 Rock Camps. – Info Coming Spring 2021

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.

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.


2021 Info Coming Spring 2021

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!

COVID-19 Operations

 

Climbing Programs COVID-19 Operations

Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) is committed to the health, safety, and well being of all of our participants and staff.  In order for us to all remain healthy and able to participate in the activities we love it is imperative that we take personal health and hygiene seriously.  

General Health Criteria for Staff and Participants

  • We ask that any staff or participants with illness involving fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or diarrhea stay home.  
  • We ask that any staff or participants who may have had close sustained contact with anyone who is sick stay home.

Daily Procedures

Check-in

  • During check-in, coaches/staff will record the name of the participant/adult dropping off and the time of drop off.  

Practice Sessions

  • Coaches and participants will wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, when actively participating in an indoor sport or an outdoor sport when six (6) feet of physical distance cannot be maintained in accordance with Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance. The face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. People can spread COVID-19 to others even if they do not feel sick. 
  • Participants will wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to starting practice.
  • Participants will use hand sanitizer as they enter a BEA van.
  • Participants will utilize their own personal equipment i.e. chalk and chalk bag, water bottles (all water fountains besides refill stations will be shut off), belay devices, etc
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.  There will be community hand sanitization areas throughout the facilities. 
  • Coaches will communicate reminders regarding good hygiene and personal care.
  • We ask that no parents or spectators attend sessions to help limit the number of individuals in any of the facilities. 
  • When applicable we will aim to utilize an outdoor setting for stretching, strength, etc. 

Check-out

  • Parents or an adult will be asked to check out any participant who is not leaving practice on their own.  Coaches/staff will record the name of the participant/adult checking out and the time.

Communication Plan

  • All new protocols and additional messaging will be communicated via email communications and on site signage. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Case among Campers or Staff & Cluster of Illness 

  • Coaches and staff are instructed to notify their supervisor if they are notified of any participant or coach of having a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Supervisor will notify the Executive Director of any communication of a confirmed case or any cluster of illness among the participants or program staff.
  • Executive Director will notify Deschutes County Communicable Disease Investigation, Surveillance And Response: (541) 322-7418

Additional Resources

 

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.

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.”

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.”

Olivia Brumwell

Coach's Bio

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

Coach's Bio

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.

  • Climbing Wall Instructor – Lead Certified
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • 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.”