Competitive rock climbing is an opportunity for youth to be challenged as an individual, while developing teamwork skills. Challenges that our team members may be faced with include workouts, techniques and strategy - and our coaches emphasize these in a fun, yet very focused, environment. Team workouts focus on balance, movement, communication, mental strategy and physical strength.
Every Stone Summit Climbing Team coach sees potential in each of our team members, and motivate them to achieve the highest success they desire. Our coaches are all knowledgeable, organized and empathetic in order to create a positive rock climbing experience.
As the Head coach of the U.S. Youth 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.
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.
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.
Olexiy Shul’ga has been coaching the annual Pre National Training Camps for the past couple of years with focus on Speed Training
for US Youth Athletes from all around the country.
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.
Laura is a coach for the Peak, Apex, and Ascent teams, as well as the Pinnacle team, a special needs team that caters to individuals with developmental disabilities. She has been coaching for 4 years and climbing for 5, and immediately found a connection after her first climbing endeavor in 2010. She loves the personal achievement aspect of climbing, as well as the tight-knit community of people who share in the passion and obsession that both come with the sport.
With over 10 years of climbing experience enriched with coaching, competing and route setting, he is extremely passionate about contributing as much as he can to the sport and its community. A piece of that passion lies heavily within teaching the youth. Randy believes that there is more to building the next generation of climbers than just giving them the tools to becoming physically strong.
Scott is an amazing asset to our youth climbing program at Stone Summit. He is a special education teacher by profession and had devoted his life to teaching kids both in and outside of the climbing gym. When asked why he loves to coach climbing, he says, “Because it goes hand-in-hand with both of my life’s passions: climbing and teaching. Seeing progress in my own climbing as well as that of my athletes is most rewarding for me. I feel the confidence that climbing instills in kids can translate to all other aspects of their lives.”
Levi started climbing locally at Escalade Climbing gym and was hooked instantly. He was always athletic but never quite found the right sport that clicked until he found climbing. Since then he's been very passionate about every aspect of climbing and is always looking for opportunities to share his knowledge with others.
Sabine started climbing in college at Clemson University, climbing and running competitively at the local and national level on the collegiate circuit for until 2015.
Fifteen years of swimming and running competitively have Sabine focused on kids learning in a fun environment where they learn to be at home in the climbing gym.
Coach Grace started climbing in high school with her brothers and loved getting outside with her family. In college, she helped start the collegiate climbing series at Georgia Southern University. After college, she coached the competitive team in her home town for 3 years. She is passionate about climbing and wants others to share that same passion for the sport.
Coach Andy Svatek began rock climbing at the University of Central Florida after visiting Orlando’s Aiguille Rock Climbing Center with his college roommates. He was instantly hooked on the athleticism, problem solving, and challenge climbing had to offer. He became involved in UCF’s Climbing Club and competed in USA Climbing’s Collegiate Climbing Series (CCS) throughout college. During his Junior year at UCF he was elected Vice President of UCF’s Climbing Club and competed at the 2011 CCS National Championship in San Diego.
My name is Cora Pursley. I have been climbing for 2+ years and I am a coach for peak/apex teams. The first time she climbed she fell in love with the sport and community. She loves both the mental and physical training it gives you. She loves coaching because she enjoys helping kids reach their goals and seeing their excitement once their goal is met.
Adam coaches for the Klub, Peak, Apex and Ascent youth climbing teams. He is passionate about youth athletics. He bolsters a degree in physical education, a certification in sports performance, a minor in leadership and six years coaching experience. In conjunction with his love for youth is his desire for climbing. He has over five years of climbing experience both gym and rock.
Alma is a coach for Peak and Apex and has been climbing for almost four years. She began climbing at Earth Treks in Maryland with her mom and shortly after moved to Atlanta and joined the Stone Summit community. She loves the physical challenges climbing provides as well as the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful natural spaces this planet has to offer.
Nicole is currently a coach for the teams Klub, Peak, Apex, and Ascent. When not with the kids at practice, she can be found working the front desk at Stone Summit, teaching new climbers how to belay, or forerunning the latest routes set in the gym. Over two years ago, March 2015, she was introduced to climbing and the obsession has only grown since. Though starting off in the gym, Nicole will jump at any chance to take the sport outside amid friends and nature.
Alex is a coach for Stone Summit’s Apex team and is also a Stone Summit employee. She grew up in the town of Hamilton, Georgia where she graduated high school and went off to college. Alex discovered climbing in her first year of college at the University of West Georgia in 2012. She quickly fell in love with the sport and was immediately progressing as a climber through the help and support of her friends.
Ben is a former Stone Summit Team Member, a former US Youth Climbing Team Member, Evolv Athlete and National Collegiate Speed Champion. Ben is an Engineering student at GA Tech and in his spare time a Vertical & Summit team coach.