Kids Get Boost from Metolius in Calif.’s Youth Climbing League

KidsClimbMetoliusYouth in California are getting a helping hand in their climbing endeavors thanks to the Northern California Youth Climbing League (YCL), sponsored this year by gear maker Metolius.

“It’s important to us to foster the connection between young climbers and companies like Metolius, who give so much back to the climbing community,” says YCL Director Andy Puhvel.

With five participating gyms and multiple competitions in Northern California, the YCL offers youth a unique opportunity to compete against peers in a fun and relaxed format. The climbing league was founded in 1996 and is America’s longest running competition series, bringing together kids ages 7-18 from over 10 gyms throughout the greater Bay Area. A typical season includes four competitions and a Championship event. For many of its kids, the YCL is their first time ever climbing, and one of the league’s goals is to spark their curiosity about getting them outdoors to climb (one graduate of the series is renowned climber Alex Honnold).

“It’s a great structure for getting kids motivated to push themselves and to realize the unique and fun community of people who participate in the sport of climbing,” says Puhvel.

With 2013 youth league season just wrapping up, the YCL looks forward to growing the program for next season. The league is presented by Metolius and Evolv, and receives support from a list of other sponsors including Clif Bar, Sanuk, Climbing Magazine and Yo! Basecamp Rock Climbing Camp. YCL participants are given support and gear from these sponsors, making participation in the season and competitions possible.

“The YCL is a wonderful program,” says Metolius VP Brooke Sandahl. “It’s cool to see Andy create and organize leagues like this for the kids. We are honored to give our support and take part in it.” The YCL joins the Hueco Rock Rodeo in a list of recent youth climbing initiatives Metolius has extended support to.


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Kids Get Boost from Metolius in Calif.’s Youth Climbing League

  1. Nicolas says:

    Hello, I am climber from Cali, Colombia, South America, my city recently hosted an IFSC Lead an speed climbing competition in the World Games that took place in my city. I have climd since I was 12 years old and am very passionate about it. Im really interested in developing an spreading sport climbing within my community, I’m researching programs around the world that have raised awareness to our sport and involved kids into climbing.

    We have a great climbing wall which was built for the World Games by TOP30 and my interest is to get people to know about the sport, either as a hobby or in a competitive way.

    Please send me you experience about the work in you communities or if possible lets Skype (my user is nicolasmejiagonzalez).

    Thank you,

    Nicolas Mejia

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