Youth Programs Open House

Mesa Rim offers a wide array of youth climbing programs for all levels, from beginners to competitors. But which is best for your young climber? On August 26 from 10am-3pm, the Mesa Rim Coaches will host an ice cream social and info clinic to answer questions and help direct climbers on the best path to meet their needs.

“Climbing is a great activity to offset and support the challenges youth face during the school year,” says head coach, Rosie Bates. “Our program participants’ parents have seen improvements in concentration, mood, confidence, and scholastic aptitude. That’s in addition to all the physical and health benefits climbing promotes.”

This info clinic, to be held at the Training Center, is an opportunity for parents and climbers to chat with coaches and learn about the beginner and intermediate recreational programs, and intermediate-to-advanced competitive options we offer, she adds.

“We will be available the entire time block, so parents and kids can drop by at any time to chat.”

The coaches will also host tryouts for the Ascent Club teams for immediate and advanced climbers ages 4-6, 7-11, and 12-18.

The try-outs will be informal with coaches assessing climbing ability, overall fitness and technical understanding of climbing,” Bates explains. “Mesa Ascent and Jr. Ascent will introduce climbers to competition climbing, climbing specific training, technique, and goal setting.”

In order to be eligible for the Ascent program, climbers ages 7 and up must:

  • Be belay-certified at Mesa Rim and able to climb;
  • Be able to stay active for 2 or more hours, including general fitness exercises;
  • Be able to stay focused and motivated during structured training (2+ hours);
  • and able to work with both older and younger athletes.


More info on the recreational programs can be found at


Info on the competitive programs can be found at