Mountain Sports

The perfect training ground for climbers.

Members of the Climbing Team find organized training, coaching, travel, competition and abundant access to climbing within the Mountain Sports program at Western Colorado University.

Western is home to a new collegiate Climbing Team. Housed in Western’s innovative Mountain Sports program, the climbing team will hold regular training for technique, strength, fitness and—like all our teams—focus on athlete growth and improvement. The team tests its performance through competition within USA Climbing’s Collegiate circuit as well as through outdoor routes and bouldering projects.

The team will practice beginning the first week of the fall semester and continue through the USA Climbing intercollegiate season in the spring. The fall is geared around general training and focuses more heavily on outdoor goals. The winter focuses more on indoor climbing in preparation for the competitive season.

The Gunnison Valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains provides the perfect training ground for the well-rounded climber. With dozens of climbing areas nearby, athletes can hone their skills in bouldering, sport climbing and traditional climbing. Beyond our local climbing, the team also travels to iconic climbing areas including Rifle Mountain State Park, Shelf Road and Indian Creek.

Western’s Mountain Sports program welcomes a range of abilities and recognizes that hard work and dedication, both in the classroom and out climbing, will allow you to grow and to achieve as a person, as a student and as an athlete. As part of Western Mountain Sports, you will meet lifelong friends and have experiences that you will never forget.

Western Mountain Sports Climbing Team

Get an idea of what the Climbing team is all about in this short video.

Dues: $700

Covers: Coaching, travel, lodging, uniforms and entry fees.

Doesn’t Cover: Personal equipment.

Season: Training begins the first week of class. The competition season is most focused throughout the winter.


Competition Team: Tue, Wed, Thu 6-8:30 a.m.

Regional Team: Tue, Thu 6-8:30 a.m.

Questions? Contact a coach