Youth Programming

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Vertex’s Youth Programs provide a variety of experiences for kids interested in an alternative to traditional sports. Our programs focus on building confidence, motivation, trust and both physical and mental fitness. Young climbers will receive support, inspiration, and companionship provided by a group of individuals working toward a common goal. Our experienced coaches provide a fun and safe environment, promoting a healthy lifestyle and the importance of respecting our selves, others, and the world around us.

Each program has its own curriculum that varies by season in order to introduce youngsters to all aspects of climbing. This format keeps climbers interested in the sport throughout the year. Our Summer Outdoor Season is a favorite among many of our participants.



Recreational Programs

Mini Monkeys

Mini Monkeys provides beginner climbers with a fun and exciting introduction to climbing’s vertical world. Through climbing related games and activities the participants of this program will gain focus and confidence while developing their teamwork and problem solving skills. Our high instructor to climber ratio provides a quality environment for these little monkeys to burn off energy in a supportive and unique environment.

Ages 5 -9;
Group 1: Thursdays 4 – 5:30 pm
Group 2: Fridays 4 – 5:30 pm

$105/ month
To sign up or learn more contact Aly, our Youth Program Coordinator:


Young Climber’s Club

This program is open to young climbers of all abilities who want an instructional environment that will help them reach their personal climbing goals. This non-competitive program will give each climber the opportunity to learn about and develop climbing techniques. The participants of this program also spend time learning about the safety aspects of climbing and belaying while improving their physical and mental strength.

Ages 10 -17; Group 1: Mondays 4 – 6 pm  |  Group 2: Tuesdays 4 – 6 pm  |  Group 3: Fridays 6 – 8 pm
$115/ month
To sign up or learn more contact Aly, our Youth Program Coordinator:


Competitive Programs

Vertical Vipers

Vertical Vipers is an outgoing quality program for experienced young climbers. This program builds the foundation for strong, fit, motivated and goal-oriented kids. With a high instructor to climber ratio, climbers will learn and develop intermediate to advanced skills and techniques. Climbers will ultimately get stronger and more knowledgeable about climbing as they grow to be “athletes in training”. The participants in this program compete in a local competition series in the winter and make outdoor climbing trips in the summer. Climbers must be comfortable taking falls while climbing and should be able to execute tracking in order to participate in this program.

Ages 7 – 17; Wed 4-6 & Sat 10-12
Month to month – $155/month
Members EFT – $120/month


The Ascenders 

Climbers must show a clear understanding of basic climbing techniques in order to participate in this intermediate competition program. Competition Series: Youth Climbing League & USA Climbing (optional)

Ages 7-17; Wed 6-8 & Sat 12-2
Month to month – $155/month

Members EFT – $120/month


Team Vertex

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Team Vertex is an ongoing advanced program for young climbers with an interest in competing on a regional to national level. Our experienced coaches will work to refine the young climbers’ focus, strength, flexibility, mental toughness and strategy. The participants of this advanced team will also learn to carry out the qualities needed for a cohesive team spirit and will find opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Team Vertex participates in local competitions as well as USA Climbing’s Bouldering Series and Sport Climbing Series. Climbers must be comfortable on at least 5.10 and have an interest in or experience with lead climbing in order to participate in this program.

Ages 7-17; Thurs 5:30-7:30 & Sat 3-6
Off the wall Athletics Training Mon 4-5
Month to month – $185/month
Members EFT – $140/month