Bozeman Climbing Team

Thank you for visiting the Bozeman Climbing Team (BCT) page!  The Bozeman Climbing Team is a youth climbing team dedicated to the development of young athletes.  We strive to teach our athletes to be the safest, strongest, smartest, and most enthusiastic climbers in Bozeman and across the region. 

If you are already a BCT athlete or parent please use the following link to access detailed information for competitions, team events, fundraising, travel, and volunteering.  www.spireclimbingcenter.com/bozemanclimbingteaminfo.  This is a password protected page.  Please contact our program manager Aaron Bugh at aaron@spireclimbingcenter.com for login credentials.

Registration and Team Descriptions:

The Bozeman Climbing Team is divided into a RecTeam, DTeam, AdvancedTeam, and a CompTeam.  If you think the Bozeman Climbing Team is for you, please see the team descriptions and registration information at the bottom of this page or click here.  If you have further questions, please contact our program manager Aaron Bugh at aaron@spireclimbingcenter.com.

Team Mission

Our mission at Spire is to instill in each climbing team athlete a healthy lifelong passion for the sport of rock climbing.  Our programs focus on each athlete’s needs as they strive to overcome the obstacles to becoming a better climber.  Whether the goal is competition, or a personal best, we provide a fun, but serious environment to inspire each athlete to push their limits.

Team History

The Bozeman Climbing Team was founded by Touch the Sky 501c3 in 1996 with the goal of introducing Bozeman area youth climbers to competitions and climbing specific athletic training.  Since then, BCT athletes and alumni have reached National Championships, the World Cup stage, and climbed all over the world.  In 2016, Touch the Sky founded The Climbing Academy and Spire Climbing Center continued the operation of BCT.

Team Progression

It is most natural for athletes to progress from our Youth Programs, on to our Rec Team, and finally advance to our AdvancedTeam or CompTeam.  Although, this may not always be the case for every athlete.  Our coaches monitor each athlete in our programs and will recommend they move to a more challenging team if they think climbers have mastered the skills and techniques offered.  It is our goal to place athletes in the programs which best fits and challenge them.  If you think you or your child is ready to progress, please let us know!  To read team descriptions click here.

Dates

Practices begin in September and end in mid-June.  No practices are held on Bozeman Public School Holidays or Breaks.  Practices that fall on PIR days will still be held.   Click here for the Bozeman Public School Calendar.  Participants are welcome to join the team at any time as they progress through our programs.  Spire will host a Team BBQ/Potluck at the end of September for all athletes and parents to network for the upcoming season.

Expectations

All athletes are expected to respect the time and effort of their teammates and coaches. To accomplish this, athletes should arrive on time mentally and physically ready to try their hardest, maintain a positive attitude, and encourage their teammates. Team athletes are also always expected to be courteous and positive members of the climbing community both in and outside of practice.

Equipment

Athletes are expected to have their own harness, shoes, and chalk bag. Those 14 and older are highly encouraged to have their own Petzl Gri-Gri belay device.  All athletes should consult their coach about the need for multiple climbing shoes for training and competing. Having multiple shoes for different terrain is often encouraged but not always necessary.

Apparel

All Comp Team Athletes who compete will receive a jersey for competitions.  Additional team apparel will be available for purchase at the beginning of each season.

Team Schedule

The Team will be training for the USAC Bouldering season September through January, and the Sport/Speed season February through mid-June.

Competitions

Rec Team athletes have the option to attend competitions, but turnout is not required.  DTeam and AdvancedTeam athletes are required to participate in 2 local competitions per season and encouraged to compete in the Regional championships.  CompTeam athletes are required to compete in 2 local competitions per season and the Regional championships.  If athletes qualify for the Divisional and National championships, they are encouraged to participate.  Each competitor is responsible for entry fees and travel expenses to each competition.  See below for the Team Spire supported competition schedule.  All available completions can be found at the USA Climbing website.  Click here.

USA Climbing Membership

To compete in USAC competitions athletes must have an active USAC membership prior to their first competition.  The cost is $95 for the entire season (September 1st – August 31st) which includes both the bouldering and sport disciplines.  For those who only attend a comp or two, you have the option of paying a day member fee of $10 per comp.  The fees paid for Day-member passes will not be applied or credited toward any other type of USAC membership.  To purchase and for more information on USAC Memberships, go to www.usaclimbing.org

Travel and Transportation

Athletes are responsible for travel and accommodations for each competition.  Although, coordination of transportation and accommodations for each competition may be coordinated by our Parent Volunteer Coordinator.  Please see below for contact information regarding our Parent Volunteer Coordinator if you wish to ride share to a competition.

Additional Fees

    • USA Climbing Membership ($95)
    • Local Comp Entry Fees ($35-$55/comp)
    • Travel expenses
    • Regional Championship entry Fee ($90-$100)
    • Additional Team Apparel (TBD)
    • Divisional Competition Entry Fee and Coaching fee (TBD)
    • National Competition Entry Fee and Coaching fee (TBD)