As the Head coach of both the U.S. Youth and Adult National Climbing teams since 2007, Claudiu is at the forefront of rock climbing training, development, and program management. He has been a mentor to both youth and professional climbers including one of the world’s best female climbers, Sasha Digulian. His years of climbing and coaching experience have made the Stone Summit Climbing Team competitive on the local, national, and global level.
Claudiu began climbing 23 years ago in Romania. Early in his career, he received several awards from the Romanian Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing, and became the head organizer for national level competitions in Romania and Belgium. After moving to the U.S. in 2001, he immediately began setting new standards for coaching, competitions, and route setting. He became a head route setter for USA Climbing Competitions and one of the first certified ABS route setters.
Since its creation in 2010, Claudiu has led the Stone Summit Climbing Team to regional ABS and SCS titles every season and an SCS Division Championship in 2011. He has also led several team members to individual national championships in bouldering, sport climbing, and speed climbing. The nation’s best youth climbers from across the country attend his annual training camps looking for instruction as they travel to national and world championships.
His passion for working with kids, love for climbing, and desire for the Stone Summit team to become the most competitive, well trained group of youth climbers in the world keep him motivated and a leader in the sport
Meg began climbing at Vertical World in Seattle in 1999, and quickly found her passion in the relatively new area of competitive sport climbing. Under the coaching of Tyson Schoene she earned a spot on the national team in 2007 and 2008, and competed in Youth World Championships in Ecuador and Australia.
Meg took a hiatus from climbing through college, but began routesetting and instructing at the University of Washington IMA. Ultimately that’s where her interest in the sport regrew and moved from in front of the curtain, to behind it. She immediately liked the process of shuffling and turning holds with or without an idea for movement in mind, and being able to watch the way those sets affect a body’s movement. Most especially how they can teach climbers movement. During the latter half of her college career Meg honed her routesetting skills at Vertical World, before beginning to the Vertical World Climbing Team. She quickly fell in love with coaching. Having set routes for two national competition level events, a host of USA Climbing events and local competitions, Meg earned a USAC Level 4 routesetting certification in 2015.
Growing up climbing competitively, Meg is perpetually focusing on the technical side of climbing and the efficiencies that accompany it. The interest in bettering technique and the intellectual side of climbing is what Meg strives to build in the athletes she works with. Climbing encompasses so many great morals and lessons which are especially exemplified in the kinds of personalities that are drawn to competition in this sport. Meg believes that above all else, good coaching should bring out those qualities in the the athletes.
When she’s not climbing, coaching, or setting, she enjoys playing soccer, running, yoga, and generally getting outside. She has climbed at awesome areas such as Hueco, Bishop, Rifle, Maple, Index, Red Rocks, American Fork, Little Si, Goldbar, Leavenworth, Squamish, and Smith Rocks.
Jackie has been training and competing since she was 12, but not as a youth climber, an equestrian. She trained with Olympic rider Kathy Connolly, and learned about what it takes to be a top athlete. When she started climbing in 2008 it was an immediate addiction. After a few years of working with amazing climbers like Josh Larson, Sydney Mcnair, and Dave Wetmore she combined the skills from her riding career with what she had learned from these professional climbers.
When coaching, Jackie likes to create well -rounded athletes by concentrating on their flexibility, mental focus, balance, strength and joint stability. Her path down this coaching philosophy began with a major injury that forced her to change her outlook on the sport.
After shattering her ankle on a highball boulder out in Colorado, Jackie became dedicated to preventative strengthening and stretching techniques. With a background in personal training, she utilizes these skills when working with adults, Para climbers, and youth athletes. By focusing her efforts on a well-rounded training program, she hopes to help climbers avoid injuries like the one's that she had.
Back home in the Northeast, Jackie spent most of her coaching time with the Youth Team, where she coached children at the elite level. These young athletes regularly compete at the national and international level today. She also started successful programs like the Adult Team and Granite Girls, which created a stronger climbing community in Boston. When Jackie is not coaching she loves to hike and climb outside.
Some of Jackie's favorite climb's:
Gone in 60 seconds V8, and John's Arête V8 in Pawtuckaway State Park, Tiger Stripes V7 and Tommy's Arête V7 Rocky Mountain National Park, See Spot Run V6, Daily Dose V7, New Religion V7, Belly of The Beast V7, Hueco Tanks. Kundalini 13.a, Aquarius 12.d, Whip Tide 12.c, Giant Man 12.c, Social Distortion 12.c, Flesh For Lulu 12.b, Rumney, NH.
Olexiy is a professional coach originally from the Ukraine, where speed climbing has long traditions of excellence and intensive training of high level athletes. He brings years of experience coaching elite speed climbers and has an extensive background in Sport Physiology, Psychology with development of athletic training systems.
A former Ukrainian World Champion Speed climber, Olexiy was the Head Coach of the National Climbing team of Ukraine from 2011 to 2014, preparing many elite Ukrainian climbers reach their national and international climbing goals. He was also an elite Speed athlete for many years on the climbing circuit from the mid 1990s to 2009, bringing in First through Third place standings in Speed in both National and World competitions from 1999 to 2009.
Olexiy’s practical experience and knowledge in the areas specific to high-level speed climbers is an exciting addition to our Stone Summit Climbing Teams.