About Our Team
Welcome to the AZR Ascenders Climbing Team. The AZR Ascenders are a youth climbing team based out of the best climbing gym in Arizona – AZ on the Rocks. Our climbing team develops great competitive climbers as well as great people. We offer practices for girls and boys age 8-19 year old with classes for younger kids on a coach approved basis.
The AZR Ascenders have produced a World Champion, 5 National Champions and multiple US Team Members. As a team, we have ranked Nationally in the top 10 since 2006. We have also been ABS Regional Champions in 2008 and 2009; as well as SCS Regional Champions 2008, 2009, and 2011.
The team is headed up by our team manager Amber Camerlin and our head coach Austin Hansel. Austin was a national level youth competitor for many years before joining the AZR team. There are also several assistant coaches to help kids of all ability levels. We have team options for kids of all ages, so whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner we can definitely accommodate your needs.
WHO CAN JOIN THE TEAM?
Any boy or girl age 6 to 19 can join the youth climbing team.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD AT CLIMBING?
No. Any child age 6 to 19 can become a member of the climbing team. However, kids are required to climb a grade of 5.7 to be on the team. This is an entry level climbing grade.
If your child cannot climb this level then they can take some introductory Kids Klimb classes to improve their skill.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Like any sport the level of commitment is dependent upon the expectations of the climber. Our climbing team offers multiple levels of training and competition. Your child will be placed on a team based on his or her ability level and commitment to the sport. Our team has many national level competitors as well as many recreational team members that do not compete.
IS TRAVEL INVOLVED?
Yes or No. It really depends on the skill of your child and your desire to travel. Each year there are multiple “local” competitions offered through-out the state of Arizona. You have the option to travel to some of these if you wish. If you child progresses and begins to compete at Regional or National level then travel will be required to attend those higher level competitions.
IS CLIMBING AN OLYMPIC SPORT?
Yes, climbing will be a Olympic sanctioned sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There is a great video in the video galley below that provides details on what to expect for climbing in the Olympics.
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