Youth Climbing

Youth Lab (Drop in)

Available during scheduled hours throughout the week. Located in a unique, secluded climbing space with over 1,000 sq. ft. of youth-only bouldering walls, separate bathrooms/changerooms, and side entrance available for drop off and pick up.

Our Academy coaches will be there to welcome and introduce new participants to a great community of youth climbers.

Drop In $20 + HST

Price includes supervision by CR coaching staff and any rental gear required.

Advance Booking Required

Drop In climbing for youth is available to registered Academy participants at no extra charge.


Camp Summer Climb

Summertime? Summer Climb!

Appropriate for kids with any level of experience, Camp Summer Climb is all about fun from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. Energetic staff, exciting activities and new friends come together to create a truly memorable week of summer.

Visit summerclimb.ca for more information and registration.


Academy

Established in 2010, our Academy is a developmental climbing program for youth aged 4-17 built around two fundamental benefits of sport: FUN and FITNESS. Whether students continue on as recreational climbers or go on to become world-class competitive athletes, we believe that climbing in any form contributes to happier, healthy living.

Foundation

Our youth programming is ambitious: we aim to create an environment where kids will be both challenged and rewarded for their hard work. Climbing is about how the body moves and therefore is a foundation sport for all physical activity and sports. Early participation in climbing develops the most fundamental movement skills, physical and motor abilities, mental abilities, social and emotional abilities and performance skills that carry over into all aspects of life.

Expectations

We give youth the chance to get fit, learn the value of discipline and hard work, and strengthen their mental capacity. No matter what other sports or activities they are involved in, our programs will help them to reach and exceed the goals they have set for themselves.

We are looking for participants who are coachable, respectful, ready to learn, able to maintain a positive attitude, and willing to work to challenge themselves. Our coaches and instructors are selected based on their experiences as both an athlete and a coach. All have diverse backgrounds in a variety of different sports, in addition to climbing, with years of experience developing programs and learning techniques to prepare youth for competitive sports.

Results

The sport of indoor rock climbing is not only fun, but also demanding both mentally and physically. It is a great opportunity for young people to learn the principles that will lead them to success in all that they do.

Team

Team CR is a youth climbing program (18 & under) dedicated to training the next generation of climbers. Our athletes develop the technique, strength, and confidence required for competitive climbing in a fun and rigorous team environment.

Team CR athletes are ultimately encouraged to progress through the levels of our Academy program before joining the team, however, climbers who demonstrate a high level of climbing ability and interest in competition may be invited to join our Competitive Team.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Team CR, you can participate in the Competitive Team Training Camp if you have experience competing. For those with no competition experience, you can register for the New Competitors Training Camp.

For more information, contact team@climbersrock.com

Team Coaches

Brandon BarracloughBarracloug

Head Coach

Brandon has been working in climbing gyms coaching youth and adult climbers across the province for over a decade.

A climber for over 15 years and a former national team member, Brandon's focus is on developing athletes and preparing them for any competition in their future, regardless if it's an athlete's first local comp, or third world championship.

Brandon has developed training programs for elite athletes and recreational climbers alike. He works hard at ensuring that any climber who works with him sets and is able to meet their climbing goals.

Becca Phair

Assistant Head Coach

Becca had an early start to climbing and spent most of her time at the local gyms or attending competitions. She has since been working in gyms and training competitive climbers in Canada for the past 5 years.

Currently pursuing a career in manual therapy at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, Becca has gained an in depth understanding of movement and anatomical mechanics. She combines her knowledge and years of climbing experience to provide climbers of all levels with a customized approach to coaching that’s based on individual movement patterns and goals.

Tomasz Wojtkowiak

Coach

Tom is not only one of our senior routesetters, he has also been a competitive climbing coach for many years. He has a degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University which provides him with a deep understanding of the biomechanics behind climbing movement.

Tom takes pride in coaching young athletes, fueling their passion for climbing and motivating strong work ethic to achieving their goals. He leads with the same passion and enthusiasm that fuels his own development as a competitive climber, routesetter, and Founder/Owner of Grizzly Holds.

Jamie Roy

Coach

Jamie is the Head Routesetter at Climber’s Rock has been a part of the coaching staff at Climber’s Rock for a number of years in various capacities. Jamie is definitely our Hype Man and is always the first one to cheer someone on during a climb.

Jamie is a skilled competition setter and can set for high level athletes as well as for new climbers. His extensive knowledge of movement makes him an excellent addition to the coaching staff as he is able provide immediate feedback for competition climbers.

Zach Richardson

Coach

Zach is a top Canadian climber and has been on the National Team as both a youth and open competitor for years. He won gold at the IFSC PanAmerican Bouldering Championships in 2018 and again at the Canadian National Open Bouldering Championships in 2019. He was the inaugural Canadian Youth Bouldering Champion for his age category in 2015, defended his title the following season and once again in 2018. He is a bouldering specialist and has been representing Canada across the world at IFSC Bouldering World Cup competitions since he was 16.

Known for his raw power, dynamic style and passion for climbing, he is always a crowd favourite at competitions.

Any other questions?

If our website hasn't answered all your youth climbing questions, get in touch with our living, breathing staff via our contact page.