2020 Divisionals Training Camp

We will be offering our annual, intensive 4-day training camp to help prepare youth athletes for Divisional and National Climbing Championships. The camp will focus on specific competition style movement, mental preparation and maintaining proper form while training, all while learning skills to take the athlete to the next level of competition. Different areas of focus will be made on different days of the camp, all leading to a moc onsight round on the final day.

This camp is designed and geared towards those planning to compete at the the Divisonal and National Competitions. Due to the high intensity and skill level required to participate in this camp it’s not advised for beginners and participants must have qualified for Divisionals.

The coaching staff includes Mike Bockino (USAC Level 5 setter and National Chief), Josh Larson (USAC National Team Head Coach), Sam Enright, Kelsey Hanson and Cheyenne Stirling.

Setters for the camp will include Mike Bockino (USAC Level 5 setter and National Chief), Josh Larson (USA National Team Head Coach, V14 climber and former World Cup competitor), Phil Symons (National Routesetter) and Merto Asuncion (Front Routesetter).

Schedule Breakdown

January 1 & 2 | 9am – 4 pm | Movement practice

Days 1 and 2 of the camp will focus on approaching specific, consistently encountered competition style movement on boulder problems. Athletes will be taken through specific movement patterns in a variety of different approaches including limited time, limited attempts and a combination of the two. Emphasizing learning the movement and then being able to execute that movement on a variety of different wall angles, hold types and scenarios will make up the bulk of the activities for days 1 and 2. Different setters, angles, mirrored movement patterns and video analysis will be used for learning and working together to get better at the specific competition boulders not always set in gyms.

January 3 | 10am – 3pm | DAY 3 OF CAMP WILL BE HELD AT OUR SALT LAKE CITY LOCATION

This day is a non-climbing day to allow for proper rest. A portion of time will be spent on video review and analyzing movements of the athletes from the first two days and showing why/how some methods of doing a problem were successful, but others weren’t. The remainder of the day will be spent working with professionals who assist climbers with training that is done off the wall. Some of the additional activities will include sessions with a sport psychologist, physical therapists, climbing specific trainer and a competition rules quiz (just for fun, but that is important as well)!

Some of the guest speakers for these sessions will include:

Nathaniel Coleman // Pro Climber
Esther Smith // Physical Therapist
Tyler Nelson // Strength and Conditioning
Nicole Detling // Sports Psychologist

January 4 | 9am – 4pm

A full 4 boulder onsight round of competition, divided by USAC age categories and set specifically for those categories. Athletes will be put through an official format, complete with isolation check in, 5, 10, 15 and 25 zone markers and judges. It’s a great wrap up to the camp – it gives the kids a simulation of Divisionals and allows them to practice things covered in the first three days of the camp. Participants will be able to climb on the problems after the comp is over.

Meet the Coaching Staff

Mike Bockino

Mike is a Level 5 Routesetter and National Chief for USA Climbing. He has spent the last ten years working at The Front Climbing Club as a routesetter. In that time, he’s been a part of 9 National Championships and over 15 Regional and Divisional Championships as an event organizer and setter. 

Josh Larson

Josh Larson is an American climber who is as comfortable on the competition circuit as he is scouting out beautiful new lines in the wilderness. 

In 2012 Josh won his first big comp, placing first in the UBS Pro Tour Championship in Seattle. He has gone on to climb at American Nationals and on the global stage in World Cups. Josh is also highly regarded in the routesetting world, setting for the prestigious Dark Horse Series.

Sam Enright

Sam is a Competitive Team Coach for The Front SLC. Coming from the East Coast, his love of climbing began at the age of 10. He was distinctly fond of bouldering, sport climbing and competition. Throughout the last 10 years, Sam has pushed himself to be the best climber he can be. With this mindset, he has been able to compete at a National and World level.

Kelsey Hanson

Kelsey is an Intermediate Team Coach for The Front SLC. She hails from the generally frozen state of Michigan and got her start climbing in 1995. Kelsey’s parents had been alpinists in the late 1970s and 80s. When she was 9, they broke out the swami belts and what she hoped was a dynamic rope and took the family down to Garden of the Gods in SoIll. They moved to Colorado when she was in her teens and got some proper instruction (and gear) from the local sport climbing community. Kelsey discovered gym climbing when she moved back to MI for college and have been involved with volunteering, training, setting and coaching both Recreational and Competitive teams ever since.

Kelsey has a million reasons why she coaches. She says, “it feels good to pass on something that has been so central to my happiness and well-being. The climbing community is an incredible thing to be a part of and being able to share that and the joy and challenge of the sport with these kids is important to me. I enjoy the challenge of finding getting to know my students and figuring out how they learn best and it’s a great experience to be a part of their growth and success.”

Cheyenne Stirling

Cheyenne is a Competitive Team coach at The Front SLC. She began climbing in February of 2014. That summer, she took her first trip to Ten Sleep, WY where she decided to try to pursue climbing and all it has to offer. Within a couple of years, Cheyenne began teaching kids at the local climbing gym which led to coaching the competition climbers and becoming a routesetter. She then took her climbing career further coaching and teaching for The Climbing Academy, an international high school for rock climbers. This took her to China, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and across the United States. After two years, she decided to move to SLC to pursue a career in Environmental Horticulture. 

Cheyenne enjoys coaching all types of climbing, each person has a unique way they approach climbing and she finds it engaging to work with that as a coach. She enjoys working through tough goals with climbers and coaching individuals through the mental side of climbing.