Pre Nationals Training Camp 2019 Day 2

DAY 2 - UPDATE FROM COACH C: Today was the first time we have split Pre Nationals training between two locations and it worked out really well. Group 1 and 2 (Sport Only and Sport & Speed) climbers were at Stone Summit Atlanta and Group 3 (Speed Only) along with some of the people from Group 2 trained at Stone Summit Kennesaw. The day at SSA started with a Flash format simulation and every athlete was placed in a group and allocated 2 routes to climb. Unfortunately the exercise took a little longer than anticipated and some of the athletes from one group had to finish their second route at the beginning of the second session. During the second session, most of the focus was on onsighting and redpointing on routes followed by circuits in the Training Center. At Stone Summit Kennesaw, the main focus was on Speed for the entire first session then on onsighting and redpointing routes during the second session. According to all of the coaches, all of the athletes displayed good form and climbed strong. While we still have to work on some small details, we are well on our way in getting everyone ready for Nationals. Thank you to Jennifer Hunt for today's pictures!

Pre Nationals Training Camp 2019 Day 1

AY 1 END-OF-DAY UPDATE FROM COACH C: With the introduction of coaches and training format for the camp over this morning, all the athletes took the opportunity to choose their respective Camp Group (Sport Only, Sport & Speed, Speed Only) and warm up began. Once climbing started, coaches were happy to see that most of the climbers looked well-rested and pretty psyched to get acquainted with the new routes and boulders available to train on. This year, for speed, we have the addition of auto belays fo the C & D speed routes. This means we are able to run both groups much more efficiently and it gives all the athletes more time to rest and prepare for each run (instead of having to belay and pull ropes for a partner). Group 1 trained on SSK routes today while Group 2 trained on boulders - both of these groups were given the opportunity to onsight in the morning session. Across the board it was a really good first, intro day to camp this year; we had strong performances in all 3 disciplines by just about all of the campers this year. Tomorrow, I look forward to seeing all of our Sport climbers tomorrow on ropes at SSA (this includes our SPORT ONLY climbers and our SPORT & SPEED climbers) while all of our Speed-Only climbers will train speed at SSK. Good night to everyone and get a good night's sleep!

USA Climbing Sport & Speed Open Nationals

USA Climbing Sport & Speed Open Nationals

What a great showing for our Team Stone Summit climbers at the recent 2019 Open Sport & Speed Nationals event in Alexandria, Virginia this weekend.

They announced the Olympic Team groups at the end of the event; Team Member Zach Galla is officially beginning training for the 2020 Olympic Games with the crew of 4 women and 4 men. Congratulations, Zach!

Also a very big congratulations to two of our younger climbers -- SPEED Gold Medalist, EMMA HUNT and SPORT Silver Medalist, ZANDER WALLER for their podium finishes at this event.

ALL of our climbers did a spectacular job at the event -- here is the report from Coach Olexiy:

This is very unexpected!

Our team went to 2019 Sport&Speed Open Nationals with only one thing to get experience and to explore the field of high-level competition. (Well, maybe I was the only one who was thinking this way.)

It turned out that our teammates did an amazing job both Friday AND on Saturday.

Congratulations to Emma Hunt with 1st place in Speed and Zander Waller with 2nd place in Sport!

Congratulations to everyone who worked hard this weekend - I am very proud of all of you:

  • SPEED CLIMBING

  • Womens:

    • Emma 1

    • Amanda W 7

    • Amanda B 8

  • Mens:

    • Josh 5

    • Luke 6

    • Zach 10

    • Ethan G 16

    • Charlie 18

    • Thomas 19

    • Zander 27

  • SPORT CLIMBING

  • Mens:

    • Zander 1

    • Luke 9

    • Zach 13

    • Thomas 39

    • Josh 40

    • Ethan H 61

    • Charlie 73

    • Ethan G 75

  • Womens:

    • Amanda B 27

    • Emma 29

    • Amanda W 59

With over 92 Male competitors for Sport, 75 Female competitors for Sport, 61 Males competitors for Speed and 50 Female competitors for Speed, our team had a collectively amazing showing this year. Congratulations to ALL of you! Thank you for your great efforts in all!

MORE PICTURES TO COME! Stay tuned!

Team Stone Summit 2019 Team Bouldering National Champions

Last weekend the Stone Summit Team won the 2019 Team Bouldering National Championship. The team sent 18 climbers to Bend, Oregon to compete in the Youth National Championships and came away with the title. Congratulations to all our competitors on a job well done.

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First practice at the new Training Center

First practice at the new Training Center

Hi ALL! First practice at the new Training Center went down last night; climbers were stoked! To add to that excitement we have raised just over $4000 toward our $10,000 for the holds currently up on the walls in the training center, and the holds we will acquire as we reach our goal! Please consider donating if you have not already - donation link is up online and ready to go! To check out the progress of the center AND/or donate - here is the link: ssclimbingteam.com/training-center/

2018 Sport & Speed Divisional Championships

Many many thanks to the parents who manage great shots of most of our climbers during the competitions held throughout the year. We are very thankful to be able to see some of these shots, especially when so many parents are tied up with volunteering and/or videotaping their climbers on the wall instead of taking pictures. Many parents rarely get photos of their kids climbing so to have parents step up and take loads of random shots is amazing. At this year's Divisonals held this past weekend, special thanks goes to parent, Jane Davis and parent, Jennifer Hunt, who collectively took all of these photos. So much appreciation from everyone to both of you!