The Boise Climbing Team exists in order to grow the youth climbing community in Boise, to produce exceptional climbers, and to teach “larger than climbing” life skills such as goal setting, hard work, and giving back to the community.


Coaching Philosophy

The Boise Climbing Team believes that coaches play 3 main roles: trainers, mentors, and motivators.

As trainers we help climbers improve in the following areas:

1. Risk Control- We train climbers in all of the systems and mechanisms that we use as climbers to prevent injury.  Our climbers skills and ability in this area is of the most importance (more than being a great rock climber). 
2. Mental Training- We train climbers to grow in mental toughness.  We want athletes to use their mind as a tool for success instead of a roadblock.  
3. Technical Training- We train climbers the technical skills it takes to be an exceptional climber.
4. Physical Training- We train climbers in the physical requirements of rock climbing while not forgetting that our athletes are climbers first and trainees second.
5. Performance Training- We train climbers in the skills and tactics required for optimal performance in competition and on rock.

As motivators, we help fuel athlete’s desire and passion for climbing. 

1. We strive to exemplify all of the characteristics we are trying to instill.

2. We praise hard work over talent which sends the message that trying, failing, and learning is more valuable than remaining in the “comfort zone”. 

3. We believe:

  • Goal setting is key to continued motivation.  It not only helps our athlete’s stay focused on their climbing but also teaches them valuable habits that (if continued) will help them throughout their entire lives. 
  •  Most of our athletes have the genetic potential to climb 5.14a and/or V11.  If you want it bad enough and work hard enough you could climb at this level. 

As mentors, we keep a “larger than climbing” focus.

1. We create deep and meaningful connections with kids and help them navigate life when appropriate.

2. We believe that the skills and habits gained in this sport will translate to a better life outside of climbing. 

The best coaches embody all of these roles and have a deep desire to see their climbers succeed in reaching their goals.