Youth Climbing Program

Providing climbing exposure and instruction for Fairbanks youth, ages 5-18

The mission of the Fairbanks Youth Climbing Program is to introduce and cultivate rock climbing skills, techniques, and movement within the Fairbanks area youth.  The purpose of this mission is to enhance teamwork, communication, and confidence within our climbers.  Our teaching methods nurture this purpose.

  • We operate on the University Schedule. See below for our current schedule.

All instruction will take place under the expert supervision of our USAC certified climbing instructor staff. 

School Year Offerings

Rec Climbing Club:    This after-school climbing session aims to teach basic rock climbing skills and technique through top rope climbing and bouldering indoors. We also encourage communication, teamwork, problem solving, trust, and confidence through climbing with a small group of climbers. We want to grow a lifelong appreciation of climbing in our participants.

  • Offered: Thursday 4:00-5:30pm during Fall 2016 (September 26th- December 15th)
  • Cost:  $200/semester
  • Space limited to 10 students 
  • Minimum age: 8 years old

Homeschool Climb:  This midday session is a great overall introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing.  Topics will include  awareness of surroundings, communication skills, climbing equipment,  knots, rope handling, rappelling, and various climbing techniques.

  • Offered: Monday 12-1:30pm during Fall 2016 (September 26th-December 15th)
  • Cost: $200/semester
  • Space limited to 10 students
  • Minimum age: 8 years old

Fairbanks Flash-Competitive Youth Climbing Team:  The team gives climbers the chance to compete with other youth clibing teams in our Region: Alaska/Washington, Division: 1. The team is invite only. We select climbers based on their experience, years climbing, natural talent, etc, and climbers are invited on a case-by-case basis. Practices are specifically aimed at teaching each climber the skills and technique he or she needs in order to compete at USA Climbing sactioned competitions. During practice, our coaches work with each athelete to prevent injury, maximize climbing time, pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, motivate, inspire, and promote a healthy team environment. 

  • Offered: One session per week during Fall 2016 (11 sessions) Monday 4pm-6pm
  • Cost:  $280/semester 
  • INVITE ONLY- please contact Coach Travis for more information
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

Jr Climbing Club:    These Saturday climbing session aims to give climbing exposure to younger participants and their families through coached practice sessions and family use time. The activity of climbing encourages communication, teamwork, problem solving, trust, and confidence. We want to grow a lifelong appreciation of climbing in our participants.

  • Offered:
    • 1 coached practice session/month, Sat 10-11:30am (4 sessions) Oct. 8th, 29th Nov. 12th Dec. 8th
  • Cost:  $100/semester ($25/session)
  • Space limited to 10 students
  • Age: 5-8 years old

How to Sign up:

Register at the SRC front desk in person or over the phone (474-5886). Payment is required at time of registration.

When you come to your first practice please be prepared to fill out our youth program forms for your child.

For more information contact:

Travis Russell
Youth Climbing Team Coach
University of Alaska Fairbanks

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