Climbing is one of the fastest growing and most exciting youth sports in the world, and now that it is an Olympic event, the future for youth participation and development is brighter than ever. Climbing provides valuable and unique experiences for young athletes, teaching them to how to stay calm and focus their attention in demanding situations.
Climbing is also a community sport that thankfully lacks the cut throat competitiveness of other sports, even at national level events competitors genuinely cheer for each other and hope that each athlete will do their very best. Locally, living along the Wasatch Front provides unique experiences for young climbers, as this area has some of the best climbing resources in the world and the Salt Lake climbing community has done much to advance the sport.
Our Salt Lake City gym is also one of the biggest and best climbing facilities in the world providing significant advantages to athletes who train and climb here. Our coaching staff is lead by programming director Douglas Hunter who has been coaching elite climbers for 25 years and is the author of the best-selling and globally respected book “The Self-Coached Climber.”
Our coaching staff has been selected based on their skill as teachers and ability to work well with both groups and individuals. They put the emotional well-being and development of each athlete first, knowing the great performances come from confident, happy athletes who believe in themselves and their abilities. For all these reasons and more, The Front is the very best place for kids to come discover, learn about, and fall in love with climbing.
The Salt Lake Front Climbing Team is divided into two tracks; a Recreational Team and a Competitive Team. The Competitive Team has two separate seasons, Fall (ABS Climbing Season) and Winter (SCS Climbing Season). The ABS is a faction of USA Climbing, the governing body over competitive climbing in the United States.
THE RECREATIONAL TEAM
The Recreational Team is for kids who have caught the climbing bug and want to make it a weekly activity. The recreation team is a fun way for climbers to develop their climbing skills and increase their climbing level.
The recreational team develops technical skills such as those needed for roped climbing and also develops fundamental skills of climbing movement in a fun supportive environment. The team’s goal is for kids to develop skills and interest in the sport while enjoying the satisfaction that comes with developing as an athlete.
THE COMPETITIVE TEAM
Our competitive climbing team is for youth 7 - 18 that show real enthusiasm and aptitude for climbing. Practices are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at our Salt Lake City location. Team members compete at the local, national and international levels including the national and world championships. While competitions provide the context for the team our goals are to foster athletic and emotional development for all team members, developing a strong community, and to have fun in the process!
The competition team is a place where athletes deepen their appreciation and understanding of advanced climbing skills including technical skills such as on-sight and red point climbing; Motor skills including the initiation and timing of climbing’s complex movements, and emotional skills such as staying calm in demanding high pressure situations.
The coaching staff makes use of cutting edge tools such as video analysis on a daily basis to help team members be successful in these areas. The competitive team also engages in sport specific training so that they are technically, emotionally, and athletically ready for the unique challenges of climbing. We love helping these gifted athletes develop in these ways, and seeing them grow as people.