The climbing program at CRMS takes students to world-class climbing destinations while keeping them grounded in an engaging school experience. Beginners learn the basics, intermediates stretch their skills, and advanced climbers push their limits. For those who participate, climbing is more than simply an after-school sport — it is a fabric of their life at school.
Students can participate in the climbing program all four quarters during the school year. Afternoons, weekends, and extended trips are opportunities to teach and challenge climbers of all abilities. In the first and fourth quarters, the focus of the climbing program is instructional. During those quarters, CRMS climbers head to the school’s well equipped climbing gym or the great outdoors two days a week to learn the intricacies of climbing safety. During the second and third quarters, the climbing program transitions its efforts to the competitive Climbing Team, where training, teamwork, and strength become the focus.
In all levels of the climbing program, students are taught all the necessary safety and rope-handling skills to ensure they are well versed and capable in the climbing arena. Because there are so many different climbing areas within a day’s reach of school, once proficient in safety student climbers learn all aspects of the sport, from bouldering to sport and crack climbing. Plus, they train regularly on the school’s indoor bouldering wall and the competitive team travels throughout the state for competitions.
At each level CRMS teaches a comprehensive curriculum designed to take students to the next level in their climbing, from beginning to advanced. Beginning climbers to intermediate climbers will learn the basic sport and traditional climbing skills, and advanced climbers will be ready to complete multi-pitch and lead sport routes on their own.
Students enjoy a wide variety of climbing designations that offer the best possible training options available. From desert-crack climbing in Utah to the world-class sport climbing area of Rifle to the massive conglomerate boulders of Redstone, CRMS climbers experience firsthand all the different climbing options.
Plus, when the snow flies, CRMS climbers head inside and train on set routes and problems on the extensive competition indoor climbing wall. The CRMS wall was built by students and faculty with help from outside designers and structural engineers. The gym includes 2200 sq. ft. of a well-designed bouldering wall. These walls serve as the site for workouts and competitions and are continually expanding.
The school Climbing Team competes in the Colorado High School Climbing League. Competitions occur throughout the state and climbers will travel to the Regional and State Championships if they qualify. In 2014, the CRMS girls’ varsity team finished in first place in the state of Colorado, with the boys’ varsity team placing in second place. CRMS always finishes well in these competitions, but what sets CRMS apart from other schools is that CRMS students fall in love with climbing and find passion within the sport.