High Point Climbing School’s club and team are coached by professional climbers with over 55 years experience between them — former open national champion Lisa Rands and husband Wills Young. Both are certified coaches with the national governing body of competition climbing (USA Climbing), and certified Single Pitch Instructors with the American Mountain Guides Association.

As coaches, we are here to impart a sense of fun and a sense of community to the youth who join our groups. At the same time we will provide the appropriate pointers and coaching according to the needs and skills of each individual. The teaching is personalized with attention given to all participants equally. Children and teens are naturally drawn to climb, and climbs provide something for every taste and temperament, from those requiring intense concentration and a steady hand, to others that demand aggression and dynamic movement.

Our Climbing School options are: The Junior Club for 5- to 7-year-olds that meets on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Youth Climbing Club (ages 8 to 19) has coaching sessions on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m at Riverside location and Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m at the Downtown location.

TEAM: In addition to the club, those more serious about their training, and those looking to compete, may join the High Point Climbing Team. The Climbing Team will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A minimum of two separate days is required. Team members have the option of training either two times or three times per week for two-and-a-half hours. Team members will complete a structured training plan that will prepare them for competitions from local to national and provides them with national ranking. Those who excel can take their skills all the way to the national team and on to international competitions. Team members will learn belaying and lead climbing skills.

We now also have Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment options for TEAM members looking for year-round coaching. This is not currently available for the CLUB.

LATE SIGN-UP..? YES… We run our coaching for team and clubs in blocks of up to ten weeks, followed by breaks, but you can sign up any time and pay on a pro-rated basis for the remaining sessions. Please call High Point’s Climbing School coordinator Wills Young directly at 760-920-5348 (cell) if you have questions.

Additional reasons to join the club or climbing team: 1. Team and club members are offered the chance to join club- and team-only outdoor climbing trips. 2. Our team is sponsored by Petzl and Evolv! Team members who compete receive discount on all Petzl equipment, including harness and other gear, plus discount on Evolv climbing shoes! 3. Team members receive a large discount on private coaching sessions.

For more info, call or text Wills Young at 760-920-5348 (cell) or scroll down to view details.

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