Practice schedules. Competitive info. FAQ.
Sierra Climbing Team is based in Reno NV and is a part of the Northern California Competitive region. We are located in region 201 within USA Climbing guidelines. We ask that all of our team members compete in two USA Climbing local competitions each season. We also encourage our climbers to pursue competition in Regionals.
Our Mission Statement
Sierra Climbing Team trains dedicated young climbers using a holistic approach. We instill a lifelong love of climbing and a responsibility to the climbing community both within and beyond competition.
Current Training Schedule
@ BaseCamp (2nd level of the Whitney Peak Hotel- 255 N. Virginia St, Reno)
Please click the link below to sign up for our current climbing sessions!
Our Cost & Fees
The first 2 drop-ins are FREE!
This includes the team try-out
Gym fees are not included
Monthly Team Dues
Sibling of Climber $105/month
Team members must have memberships at BaseCamp.
FAQ's & Information
What is Sierra Climbing Team's training philosophy?
If you're not having fun you're doing it wrong!
Also, we believe in age-appropriate training. We want your climber to love climbing for their entire lifetime. We understand age-appropriate training encourages the growing and developing climber.
What is competitive rock climbing?
Your climber will only compete against children in the same age category and gender.
Local competitions are laid back and accessible for new climbers. Each climber has 2-4 hours to get to the top of 3-8 climbs. Then the climbs that were completed are scored with other climbers within their age group. Rules may slightly vary at each local competition. Participation in one Local Competition is needed to qualify for Regionals. The competitor must also place in the top 17 climbers in at least one Local Competition to proceed to Regionals - We enjoy the hustle and bustle of these competitions and encourage all of our team members to compete in two local competitions each season.
Divisional, Nationals, and World competitions- Climbers must qualify for these competitions based on their performance at prior competitions. Climbers must also become USAC members prior to competing in any competition to be eligible for Regionals, Divisionals, and Nationals.
USAC Membership Overview:
We ask all of our climbers to get a USA Climbing Memberships. Memberships are valid from September 1st through August 31st annually. Memberships are only available online and include access to all USA Climbing sanctioned competitions. Click the "Join or Support" button in the top left corner of the USA Climbing website or use the link below and become a USA Climbing member today!
Climbers must be a USAC member prior to competing in any Local Competition in order to progress to Regionals, Divisionals, Nationals, and Worlds.
Each climber 17 years of age and older MUST undergo SafeSport training in order to compete in any USAC competition. The course is free for athletes and can be taken online: https://athletesafety.org/training/index
Competitor Membership - $105
Provides access to every level of competition. Competitors wishing to compete at Championship level competitions must meet all other eligibility requirements for the specific competition(s).
Introductory Membership - $30
For athletes interested in participating in introductory USAC sanctioned climbing competitions. I.e. climbers with an introductory membership will not be able to compete in championships competitions such as Regionals, Divisionals, and Nationals. This is a great option for the beginning climber!
What are the Climbing Categories?
USA Climbing youth age categories for the 2019-2020 season:
Category - Birth Year
Youth D - 2009 or later
Youth C - 2007 or 2008
Youth B - 2006 or 2005
Youth A - 2003 or 2004
Junior - 2001 or 2002
What are the disciplines of competitive climbing?
2019-2020 USA Climbing Competitive Seasons has three different disciplines:
USAC American Bouldering Series (ABS) runs through the months of September to February with 4-6 local competitions, a regional championship, a divisional championship, and a national championship. These competitions are held on short bouldering walls and moves tend to be more powerful and dynamic.
USAC Sport Climbing Series (SCS) runs through the months of February to July with 4-6 local competitions, a regional championship, a divisional championship, and a national championship. These competitions are on larger climbing walls where a rope is mandatory, and endurance is very necessary to advance.
USAC Speed Climbing Series runs at the same time as Sport Climbing Series. The wall and route are standardized and are timed.
All three of these disciplines will be included in the 2020 Olympics!