Youth Climbing Program

Providing climbing exposure and instruction for Fairbanks youth, ages 5-18

The mission of the Fairbanks Youth Climbing Program is to introduce and cultivate rock climbing skills, techniques, and movement within the Fairbanks area youth.  The purpose of this mission is to enhance teamwork, communication, and confidence within our climbers.  Our teaching methods nurture this purpose.

  • We operate on the University Schedule. See below for our current schedule.

All instruction will take place under the expert supervision of our climbing instructor staff. 


School Year Offerings

Rec Climbing Club:    This after-school climbing session aims to teach basic rock climbing skills and technique through top rope climbing and bouldering indoors. We also encourage communication, teamwork, problem solving, trust, and confidence through climbing with a small group of climbers. We want to grow a lifelong appreciation of climbing in our participants.

  • Offered: Thursday 4:00-5:30pm during Fall 2015 (13 sessions)
  • Cost:  $230/semester
  • Space limited to 8 students
  • Minimum age: 8 years old

Fairbanks Flash-Competitive Youth Climbing Team:  The team gives climbers the chance to compete with other youth clibing teams in our Region: Alaska/Washington, Division: 1. The team is invite only. We select climbers based on their experience, years climbing, natural talent, etc, and climbers are invited on a case-by-case basis. Practices are specifically aimed at teaching each climber the skills and technique he or she needs in order to compete at USA Climbing sactioned competitions. During practice, our coaches work with each athelete to prevent injury, maximize climbing time, pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, motivate, inspire, and promote a healthy team environment. 

  • Offered: One session per week during Fall 2015 (14 sessions)
  • Cost:  $320/semester 
  • INVITE ONLY- please contact Coach Jaime for more information
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

Jr Climbing Club:    These Saturday climbing session aims to give climbing exposure to younger participants and their families through coached practice sessions and family use time. The activity of climbing encourages communication, teamwork, problem solving, trust, and confidence. We want to grow a lifelong appreciation of climbing in our participants.

  • Offered:
    • 1 coached practice session/month, Sat 10-11:30am (4 sessions)
    • 8 family passes to the SRC that can be used on Sat/Sun during Fall 2015 semester
    • 2 Adult climbing wall orientation classes
  • Cost:  $200/semester
  • Space limited to 10 students
  • Age: 5-8 years old

Summer 2015

We will offer 2 weekly practices during JUNE and JULY

Rec Climb: This  session aims to teach basic rock climbing skills and technique through top rope climbing at the outdoor tower. We also encourage communication, teamwork, problem solving, trust, and confidence through climbing with a small group of climbers. We want to grow a lifelong appreciation of climbing in our participants.

  • Offered: Thursdays 10am-noon @ the Outdoor Climbing Tower
  • Cost:  $24/session
  • Space limited to 8 students
  • Minimum age: 8 years old

Junior Climb:  Due to popular demand we have added a  session for our younger climbers. This class aims to teach basic rock climbing skills and technique through bouldering indoors. Through climbing we seek to encourage your child's confidence, problem solving skills, and physical abilities. 

  • Offered: Wednesday 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22; 10-11:15am @ the Indoor Wall
  • Cost:  $15/session
  • Space limited to 8 students
  • Ages: 5-8 years old

Fairbanks Flash Competitive Youth Climbing Team: Climbing team practices will be held during the months of June and July. Please contact Jaime Shorey or Coach Becky with questions. 

How to Sign up:

Register at the SRC front desk in person or over the phone (474-5886). Payment is required at time of registration.

When you come to your first practice please be prepared to fill out our youth program forms for your child.

For more information contact:

Jaime Shorey 
UAF Youth Climbing Program Head Coach, DRAW 
jeshorey@alaska.edu 
(907) 474-6306

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