2017 USA Climbing Overall Team Champions!

2017 USA Climbing Overall Team Champions!

Alright, the Sport and Speed Nationals are a wrap! There are so many good things that have happened this past year that I'm sure I'll miss a lot of them if I try to enumerate all of them. 


The Pinnacle of the 2016-17 USA Climbing season is that we placed as follows:

  • Bouldering - 2nd
  • Speed - 2nd
  • Sport - 1st
  • Overall - 1st

That my friends means that we are the best team in the country. This amazing feat could've never been achieved without the support and effort from everyone involved. 


Thank you so much and let's keep the ball rolling, the upcoming events are YWC in Austria and then the Bouldering season for 2017-18!

Pre Nationals Training Camp 2017 is underway!

Pre Nationals Training Camp 2017 is underway!

PNTC DAY ONE recap: Today was a day of testing the climbers/campers to establish a base for everyone in both Sport and Speed. The majority of climbers had a chance to onsight and then redpoint some of the great routes set by the Stone Summit setting crew specifically for this camp.
In Speed, there was no timing system used. All the work was done to make sure that everyone has the correct sequence and to create a good platform to start building on towards the fastest and most consistent times at Nationals.
It's lights out time for all to gear up for tomorrow!

USAC Sport & Speed Divisional Championships 2017

USAC Sport & Speed Divisional Championships 2017

Sport Divisionals at High Point Climbing & Fitness in Birmingham, Alabama wrapped this past weekend for our Stone Summit Climbing Team members. Team Stone Summit won the Team Championship for both Sport and Speed disciplines! Every one of our climbers contributed to these awards; we are proud of all of you! Many thanks to all of you who made this competition so amazing and run so smoothly: thanks to Tony Levy and his staff at the High Point Climbing and Fitness gym in Birmingham, the fantastic group of routesetters who set challenging, incredible, world class routes and the coaches who work hard with our climbers throughout each year to help them improve & continue being the crushers they all are. Special thanks to our parents without whom we would not have this great team of climbers or the help that is needed at competitions throughout each year - your time & volunteering allows the team kids to not only have the support they need to keep up in their sport, but these great events to climb in as well! Last but not least, a huge shout out to our spectacular Regional Coordinators, Ann Berry and Jim Norton, whose dedication & hard work are the reason things run as well as they do; from the locals to the bigger comps every season. We could not do it without you. And now, get ready kids, Nationals is on its way! Climb on!

Pre-Regionals Speed Training Camp  with Danyil Boldyrev

Pre-Regionals Speed Training Camp with Danyil Boldyrev

    The two-day May, 2017 Pre-Regionals Speed Training Camp with the legend of modern speed climbing, Ukrainian Danyil Boldyrev (official IFSC speed route record holder for three years), was a success! Despite Danyil’s tight, full competition schedule, he found time to come to Atlanta for two days of speed training.
    Eleven climbers from Atlanta and from Texas took part in the camp. In the course of two days, they learned a lot of useful information and positive energy for moving forward on the way to their fastest times. Throughout the weekend, they learned a lot of subtleties and nuances as they trained for speed.
    Emphasis was made throughout camp that to be fast is not just trying to climb fast and getting a good speed time here and there. A very big part of the training was focused on the fact that to achieve their best times ON the wall, they need to continue training OFF the wall.  Making sure to train on "behind the wall" workouts include doing tremendous amounts of work aimed toward developing explosive power of the lower/upper body and core strength. 
    The first part of the camp was spent paying attention to the analysis of speed climbing technique and the basics of body position and foot placement. Throughout the rest of the weekend, the athletes played interesting games, were given bouldering challenges for strength building and also had the opportunity to compete against each other on the speed wall. Some of the climbers even achieved their own personal speed times despite the accumulated fatigue with all of the intense training.
    Danyil shared his ideas for speed training based on his vast international  competitive experience. He reminded the climbers that it is very important to have a strict and professional attitude about yourself and your training: "If you want to be an Olympic Champion, you must first think like an Olympic champion. "
    Danyil and I were very impressed with the hard effort put forth by all of the camp climbers and how hard everyone worked. Although the camp was only two days and all of the the progress anticipated could not be achieved for each individual climber in such a short time, in general the camp was very productive and effective for all of the climbers.  They will be able to take what they learned during the two days and apply it to their speed training going forward.  
Keep training everyone!

Report by Coach Olexiy Shul’ga

2017 Regional Speed & Sport Team Champions!

2017 Regional Speed & Sport Team Champions!

2017 Regional Team Champions - First Place! 48 Stone Summit Team members advance to Divisionals in Sport and 62 in Speed. Way to go, everyone! Great thanks to our amazing Team Stone Summit coaches and to all of the hard work each team member did to climb their best! This year's Regional competition went smoothly thanks to so many involved: a very big thank you to our host, On The Edge Climbing climbing gym; shout out to the routesetters this year for hard, fun climbs; as always, BIG thanks goes to Jim Norton and Ann Berry, two of the best Regional Coordinators in the USA; and last but not least thank you so so much, to all of the volunteers & parents, who make these comps possible!

Stone Summit Team Members compete in Sport & Speed Open National Championships

Congratulations to the Stone Summit team for a high achievement at the 2017 Open Nationals! Everybody tried so hard in both sport and speed. Today Tori and Luke both finished 12th in Semi's on Sport. As for speed. Amanda got 2nd place in the nation with time 6.02, Luke got 6th with his PR 4.65 and former coach Ryan set his PR too (5.07). Nice work, team!

Speed Results

Amanda 2nd, Luke6th, Tori 16th, Charlie 15th

Sport Results

Tori 12th, Luke 12th, Amanda 42nd, Charlie 52th

 

2017 Youth Bouldering Nationals is a WRAP!

2017 Youth Bouldering Nationals is a WRAP!

Youth Bouldering Nationals is a WRAP! Congratulations to all the Team Stone Summit members, supporters and volunteers that have put in a lot of time and hard work to make this team award possible. We look forward to achieving greater things in the future together.
A special shout out and THANK YOU to our amazing roster of coaches and to our parents, without whom we could not do all of this.

Team Stone Summit athletes competed in the USA Climbing Bouldering OPEN Nationals

Team Stone Summit athletes competed in the USA Climbing Bouldering OPEN Nationals

Six of our 15 and older Team Stone Summit athletes competed in the USA Climbing Bouldering OPEN Nationals on Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, with two of them competing in semi-finals! We are so proud of all of them. 22 of our climbers (including the 6 who participated in the USA Climbing Bouldering Opens this weekend), received Youth Bouldering  Nationals invitations this year and will be competing in next weekend's Youth Nationals, also held in Salt Lake City. Well done to our climbers this weekend and GOOD LUCK to the climbers traveling to Utah next week!