Rock Climbing is one of the fastest growing individual sports in the United States with more kids joining teams every year. Rock Climbing is a worldwide competitive sport that will be included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a person’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. Climbing provides the opportunity to tap into ones’ limitless potential, enabling them to challenge themselves further by completing increasingly complex climbs. Rock climbing is an individual pursuit, but it also has a very social component. Climbing with a team develops strong friendships, promotes teamwork, fosters listening skills, and nurtures confidence and compassion as a result of shared experiences with teammates thought both indoor and outdoor climbing. While climbing is a competitive sport it is also highly inclusive and embraces people of all skill levels, backgrounds, ages, genders, and abilities.
Southern Climbing, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the sport of rock climbing and outdoor climbing in the Southeast.
Southern Climbing promotes and brings awareness to the benefits of rock climbing mainly through its support of Stone Summit competitive youth climbing teams. Rock climbing instills confidence, builds character, teaches goal-setting, and helps children and adolescents grow into capable adults with a strong sense of community. By aiding youth climbing, including providing financial assistance for climbers attending international competitions, Southern Climbing achieves two goals: helping grow the sport of climbing and investing in our future.
Southern Climbing also recognizes the unique role the climbing community plays in the preservation of nature. Through outdoor programs such as climbing trips, clean-up days and new area climbing development, youth climbers gain a life-long appreciation of the outdoors while helping to ensure these precious resources survive for generations to come.