Youth climbing leagues hosted at The Ascent are run in the spring (sport climbing) and in the fall (bouldering). Leagues closely follow the USA Climbing format for competitions.  Each season is comprised of 4 competitions where climbers compete in both individual and team standings.  Teams are typically formed around schools, although your school does not have to have a climbing team for competitors to participate.

Competitive Climbing Leagues for middle and high school are included in our Program Pack that can be added to your membership.  Registration is simple and easy, just sign up for the league, your membership will be automatically adjusted.

Registration for Summer Practices is now LIVE!

Starting May 14th and ending July 24th we are hosting Summer Practices for all current and upcoming Middle and High School students.
High Schooler Students practice Mondays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Middle School Students practice Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

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Competitive climbing is focused on bouldering in the fall, and sport-climbing / Speed Climbing in the spring.  Each season has 4 competitions (1 per month) along with a pre-season competition.

While some schools have club teams that compete, our middle school and high school climbing league is available through the gym directly, independent of the school system, so you can compete regardless of whether your school has a team.

We provide weekly skills coaching after school to all competitors, and prepare climbers to succeed through physical training and mental discipline.

Find out more about the league competitions below:

This spring we are kicking off the season with a pre-season comp on January 18th from 5pm – 8pm. This competition is highly encouraged for all current competitors to assess your skills from the off-season and get a training plan before the opening competition.

This competition is also a great Preview Night 6pm-8pm for anyone that would like to watch or try the sport to see if you are interested in competing.  All of our coaches will be present to give pointers, answer questions, and explain the structure of the league. 




Current Competitors

5:00 – 5:10


Competitor Sign-in / League Format review

5:10 – 6:00



6:00 – 6:10

, Packet Pickup


6:10 – 6:20

New Climber sign-up


6:20 – 6:30

Gym and Sport Intro / League Schedule Overview


6:30 – 6:45

Gear Fitting / Safety training.


6:45 – 8:00



7:00 – 7:30

USA Climbing interest meeting.

USA Climbing interest meeting.

7:30 – 8:00

Q & A

Q & A

The Preview Night is free of charge to prospective competitors, but registration is requested so we can plan to serve you well!

Hailey Caissie
Wed 5:30 – MS Sport Climbing

Brodie Arrington
Mon 5:30 – SPEED Climbing
Tues 5:30 – HS Sport Climbing
Wed 5:30 – MS Sport Climbing
Thurs 4:00 – HS Sport Climbing
Fri 4:00 – MS Sport Climbing

Mark Marchan
Thurs 2:00 – HS/MS Sport Climbing
Thurs 4:00 – HS Sport Climbing

Abby Shaw
Tues 5:30 – HS Sport Climbing
Fri 4:00 – MS Sport Climbing

Sean Vance
Mon 5:30 – SPEED Climbing

Open Practices are running Monday-Wednesday at 5:30-7:00pm and Thursday and Friday 4:00-5:30pm.  Our coaches will be available to help you no matter what school you represent.  If you want to participate in both Sport and Speed, you may sign up for both practice times.

Monday @5:30:            SPEED Climbing  
Tuesday @ 5:30:          High School Sport
Wednesday @ 5:30:     Middle School Sport
Thursday @ 4:00:         High School Sport
Friday @ 4:00:             Middle School Sport

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Pre-season Comp:         Jan 18,           5:00 – 8:00 pm

Comp 1:                          Feb 10,             8:00 am – 11:00 am (Sport), 11:00am – 12:00 pm (Speed)

Comp 2:                          Mar 3,              8:00 am – 11:00 am (Sport), 11:00am – 12:00 pm (Speed)

Comp 3:                          Apr 7,             8:00 am – 11:00 am (Sport), 11:00am – 12:00 pm (Speed)

Comp 4:                          May 5,             8:00 am – 11:00 am (Sport), 11:00am – 12:00 pm (Speed)


Climbing Leagues are included as part of the program pack with your membership to the gym. The league runs over the course of 4 months. (Sep – Dec) Memberships are billed monthly on the first of the month. Memberships or program pack may be cancelled after the leagues are finished.

Student Membership:
$47.20 / month.

  • Unlimited climbing
  • Monthly guest passes for friends / family
  • Pro-shop Discounts
  • Basic and advanced climbing classes
  • Specialty fitness classes / training
  • Yoga / Pilates classes

Program Pack:
$30 / month.

  • Competitive Leagues
    • Weekly Coaching
    • Competitions
    • Climbing Jerseys
  • Advanced Climbing Classes
    • Skills 1
    • Skills 2
    • Lead instruction / certification
  • Discounts on related programs:
    • Warriors Way mental training
    • Outdoor Guided trips

Unlimited Gear Rental (if needed):
$25 / month.

  • Shoes
  • Harness

If pricing is an issue, scholarships may be available. Please contact to talk about your situation.

SPORT: Individual Scoring:

  1. Individual scores for the season will be a total of the top 3 scores from the competitions. (Lowest comp will be dropped) Individual divisions will be:
    • Male High School
    • Female High School
    • Male Middle School
    • Female Middle School.
  2. Each Competition will consist of three (3) routes and two (2) boulder problems.
  3. Routes and problems increase in difficulty within each competition, and overall difficulty increases with each competition in the season.
  4. Routes and problems will be scored based on number of hand holds. Each hand hold on the high wall has a 10-point value. Each hand hold on the boulder problems has a 5-point value.   Scoring is based on the portion of route completed.
  5. Each clip has a value of (10) points. When a climber successfully clips a rope in, he/she gains an additional (10) points. If rope is back clipped, no points will be awarded for that clip.
  6. Climbers have (4) minutes to complete each route. If time limit is reached or the climber falls, the climber will receive points for the portion of the route completed.
  7. A climber is considered to have fallen if:
    • A climber falls or puts his/her weight on the rope.
    • A climber gains an advantage by using a hold that is not on that route or using a quickdraw to assist in upward momentum.
  8. In order to receive credit for a hold, scorer must be able to determine that climber had complete control of a hold.
  9. In order to “start” a route, climber must have control of start hold(s), and have both feet on the wall.
  10. In order to receive full points for a route or problem, climber must match on the finish hold.
  11. Routes will be climbed according to the schedule set by staff. Climbers will be seeded by highest cumulative score.
  12. Bouldering problems may be completed at any time during the competition. Boulder problems will be scored by completion and by attempts. The number of bouldering attempts will be used to break ties. Climber is allowed up to three (3) attempts. BOULDER PROBLEMS WILL BE PEER JUDGED AND REQUIRE 2 COMPETETORS TO SIGN OFF ON THE VALUES OF THE ATTEMPT.
  13. The competition staff has final say in all matters pertaining to the competition.


SPEED: Individual Scoring:

  1. Comps will be based on the IFSC 15m speed course.
    • ROUTE A: Comps 1&3 will be the first 10 meters of the speed course.
    • ROUTE B: Comps 2&4 will be the last 10 meters of the speed course.
  2. Individual scores for the season will be a total of the best A + best B from the competitions. Individual divisions will be:
    • Male
    • Female
  3. Climbers will be ordered by the lowest time to highest time.
  4. Each Competition will consist of two timed runs of the course. (45 sec max)
  5. Climbers have up to 45 seconds to complete each run of the speed route. There will be 3 minutes between each climber.
    • 1st minute: 1st attempt
    • 2nd minute: 2nd attempt
    • 3rd minute: transition
  6. If a climber falls it will be scored a DNF and 45 seconds will be recorded as the time for that attempt.
  7. In order to “start” a route, climber must have control of start hold(s), and have one foot on the ground. Climbers will begin climbing at the start sound. Official time will start at the sound.
  8. Climbers will finish the route when they slap the box at the top of the wall.
  9. There will be 2 official timers on each attempt. The official time will be the average of the judged times.
  10. The competition staff has final say in all matters pertaining to the competition.


Team Scoring:

  1. Teams will be separated into two divisions:
    • Middle School (Top-rope only)
    • High School. (Top-rope or Lead)
  2. Middle and high school team score is determined by the total score of the top five (5) climbers, male and female, for each of the 4 competitions. 

Current League Standings:

Scores will be available here once the season has begun.

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