Winter begins a series of USAC events for open and youth competitors. This past weekend was Bouldering Open Nationals in which Ashima Shiraishi and Sean Bailey were the top finalists. Friday begins Bouldering Youth Nationals where 5 Peak Team members will be vying for first! We wish Del, Nicolas, Paul, Trip, and Tyler the best as they travel out to Oregon. Go Crush!
In January, 2019 Combined Invitational in saw two previous Riverrock competitors, Kyrie Condie and Zach Galla, take first place. This event was designed to help identify who will represent the United States in climbing in the upcoming Olympics.
Bouldering Open Nationals will be re-broadcast on ESPN 2, Feb. 17. To learn more about USAC Competitions and where to watch events visit usaclimbing.org.
Junior Climbing Team and Training Team now at Peak RVA!
Junior Team and Training Team are both non-competitive climbing teams. Junior Team is for kids ages 8-12. Training Team is for kids 12-17.
Junior Climbing Team focuses on climbing basics, teaching solid belay skills, developing teamwork and camaraderie, and having lots of fun.
Training Team focuses on utilizing planned workouts and climbing exercises to help climbers develop technique, strength, endurance, and power. This is all done while reinforcing the good belay habits, teamwork, and camaraderie built on Junior Team.
**Parents of Training Team and Junior Team Members may take advantage of FREE Fitness Classes and use of the Fitness Equipment during their child's team practice time.**
Please email JT/TT Head Coach Jim Bell if you have any questions.
Junior Climbing Team
Mondays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays or Thursdays 4:30-6:00 p.m. or
Saturdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Also, don't forget that Team memberships are full memberships to Peak and are good at both locations.
It was a busy May for us as we hosted Regionals at PeakRVA and then helped to put on Riverrock the following weekend. A HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers, staff, and climbers who made these events possible as well as our members who support the community! The love for climbing in RVA continues to grow!
Check out these amazing videos from Riverrock and Regionals put together by our good friends Keith Reagan and Robin Pyle. Enjoy!
Training Team practices at Peak RVA
start on Tuesday, May 29 from 4:30-6:30 pm
Junior Team practices at Peak RVA
start on Monday, June 4 from 4:30-6:00 pm
The schedule will remain Mondays, 4:30-6: 00 pm for Junior Team and Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm for Training Team throughout Summer. We will begin to incorporate additional practice days as needed. Details on additional days will be forthcoming and will be based on traffic patterns at PeakRVA as well as trying to best meet the time constraints of parents and Team Members.
Directions to PeakRVA. Parents, when you drop your children off for Team practice at PeakRVA, please be sure to use the main entrance at SCOR where we will have a Team Coach waiting to greet you and direct you to check in. We invite parents to come inside and check out our new facility if you haven't already, and meet the coaches where we can answer any questions you have about drop off, pick up, or how practices will run.
Training Team and Junior Team will continue at Peak Midlothian on our current schedule. If your Team Member would like to make PeakRVA her/his home gym for Team practice, please contact Jim Bell firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. Makeup days can be done at either Peak location on regular practice days for your child's respective team, again please contact Jim Bell. Any further updates will come via email or updates to our website: www.peakexperiences.com.
Also, don't forget that Team memberships are full memberships to Peak and are good at both locations. Thank you all for making our Training Team and Junior Team dynamic programs producing strong climbers, outstanding team-mates, and truly amazing young people. We here at Peak are grateful for your support and look forward to helping your kids crush all the cool new climbs, now at two locations.
The competitive bouldering season wraps up in the next two weeks as Open Nationals takes place Feb 2 & 3 and Youth Nationals Feb 9-11 in Salt Lake City, UT. Both events can be viewed live at lt11.tv.
Congratulations to all the climbers who crushed in Philadelphia at Divisionals and especially to Nicolas Ferree, Ronin Von Offenheim, Zach Blue, Del Hebert, and Audrey Polack who advanced to Nationals! Good luck!
Results from Divisionals:
Nick Ferree- 2nd
Ronin Von Offenheim- 2nd
Bryn Shannon- 14th
Brynn Thomas- 17th
Carter Banning- 11th
Walker Barkstrom- 15th
Zach Blue- 1st
Del Hebert- 5th
Jake McCann- 7th
Paul Yang- 8th
Ryan Weickert- 17th
Audrey Polack- 2nd
Congratulations to our entire Competitive Team that participated in Regionals last month at Earth Treks Rockville. Those that finished top 10 in their categories will be competing in Divisionals January 13/14 at Philadelphia Rock Gym Wyncote. These climbers will have a shot to move on to Nationals! If you see these strong climbers around the gym be sure to wish them good luck!
Anna Dittore- 7th
Alex Barrett- 9th
Female Youth A
Ronin Von Offenheim- 3rd
Bryn Shannon- 7th
Brynn Thomas- 9th
Nick Ferree- 2nd
Male Youth A
Carter Blanning- 1st
Male Youth B
Del Hebert- 1st
Zack Blue- 2nd
Paul Yang- 3rd
Jake McCann- 5th
Male Youth C
Ryan Weickert- 9th
The REACH Program is now accepting new clients for our Climbing Mentor-ship program for the 2018 Winter Season!
This program seeks to introduce the sport of indoor climbing to kids with special needs. We have experience working with many different individuals who just need a little extra help to enjoy all the wonderful benefits that climbing has to offer. We pair the kids up with an individual mentor who will work with them once a week, for 8 weeks. This mentor will provide a personalized approach designed to accommodate the individual’s needs and teach them about climbing.
Our program can work with a number of different types of needs. We began with mainly children who were mid-to-high functioning on the Autism Spectrum but now work with a broader range of needs. For example, we have worked with a variety of developmental disorders, physical disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, and injury recovery such as from a brain injury or amputation.
If you know someone who may be interested in this program, encourage them to reach out to George Florence for more information. email@example.com
Check out our REACH webpage here.
The season begins the week of January 15th and space is limited. So act now!