YOUTH PROGRAM 2020

Our junior development program is designed to build confidence, fitness and technical capacity, all in a highly social environment.

Cliffhanger runs Youth Squads for 11-19 years, Kids Club for 4-11 years, facilitated lead climbing groups for Youth/Kid term members, and Performance Squads for climbers with a particular focus on outdoor or competition climbing. 

It's a particularly exciting time for junior climbers, with climbing included at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time as an ongoing sport. Cliffhanger is also part of the buildup, playing host to the 2020 Victorian lead titles, so our local climbers will have a home ground advantage. State performances are the qualifier for Nationals, which are in turn are the main qualifier for Australian Olympic team selection.  

Casual pricing is available for junior climbers, which is great for modern families, particularly separated/blended and extra busy families. 

However, generally we recommend climbers participating in the squads purchase a term membership, as this allows climbers unlimited climbing at any time during the school term at no additional charge, all gear included. As an added bonus, we are currently offering term members the option to take part in facilitated lead lessons at no extra charge. Term memberships will start early on Jan 15 due to the short term which includes state titles dates, so be sure to take advantage of low cost, unlimited climbing in Term 1, 2020. 

Youth Squad

11 - 19 years

Monday, Fridays or Saturdays

  • Learn advanced climbing techniques and start to build skills for outdoor and competition climbing.

  • Learn safety skills and enhance knowledge of rope work.

  • This group is focused on gaining essential climbing skills in a fun environment, where strong and positive friendship networks are encouraged.

  • Hire gear is included, but own harness and carabiner is encouraged.

  •  Casual, Term or Full Membership pricing available.

  • Term members are encouraged to join the facilitated lead class at no extra cost. Details below.

Term 1, 2020

Mondays 6pm - 7.30pm

Mon, Feb 3 - Mon, Mar 23*

*exclusions Labour Day, Mar 9

7-week term

-weekly cost $25, term cost $149

Unlimited climbing for term members runs Jan 15 - March 27

or

Fridays NEW 5pm - 6.30pm, followed by pizza dinner at 7.30pm

Fri, Jan 31 - Fri, Mar 27*

*excludes Feb 28 for state titles preparation inside Cliffhanger

7-week term

-weekly cost $25, term cost $149

*Unlimited climbing for term members runs Jan 15 - Mar 27

or

Saturdays 10am - 11.30am

Sat, Feb 1 - Sat, Mar 21 (includes Sat Mar 7 of Labour Day weekend)*

*excludes Feb 29 for state titles at Cliffhanger

7-week term

-weekly cost $25, term cost $149

*Unlimited climbing for term members runs Jan 15 - Mar 27

Kids Club

4 - 11 years

Mondays and Saturdays
 

  • Learn climbing through playing games, completing challenges, and instruction on footwork and body positioning drills.

  • Learn basic safety, make new friends and build confidence.

  • Adult participation is required.

  • Hire gear is included.

  •  Casual or term membership pricing available.

  • NB 11/12-year-old climbers have a choice between Kids Club and Youth Squad. If uncertain which squad will suit your child, we recommend choosing based on social capacity, rather than climbing capacity. Feel free to discuss with instructors.   

Term 1, 2020

Mondays 4.30pm - 6pm

Mon, Feb 3 - Mon, Mar 23*

*exclusions Labour Day, Mar 9

7-week term

-weekly cost $25, term cost $149

Unlimited climbing for term members runs Jan 15 - Mar 27

or

Saturdays 9.30am - 11am

Sat, Feb  1 - Sat, March 21* 

*excludes Feb 29 for state titles at Cliffhanger (includes Sat, Mar 7 of Labour Day weekend)

- 7-week term

-weekly cost $25, term cost $149

Unlimited climbing for term members runs Jan 15 - Mar 27

Youth Performance Squad

11 - 19 years

Wednesdays and Saturdays

  • Training group aimed toward elite climbing performance (indoors, outdoors or comp).

  • Specialised instruction on technique, as well as strength and conditioning. 

  • Members of this squad must complete a selection criteria test to join.

  • Participants are expected to lead climb or be actively working towards accreditation.

  • Participants are expected to attend all or most sessions.

  • Members are expected to own their own climbing gear or be building up their rack.

  • Participants are taught to actively support other members of the group to greater success.

  • This is a full membership product (3-month, 6-month or 12-month membership) with access to the gym over holidays as well as school term, and full members can attend multiple squad training in a week.

Term 1, 2020

Wednesdays 6pm - 8pm

Wed, Jan 29 - Wed, Mar 25*

*no exclusions

9-week term

Unlimited lessons and climbing

Full membership 3-month $300, 6-month $500 or 12 months $900

and/or

Saturdays 11am - 1pm

Sat, Feb 1 - Sat, Mar 21* 

(excludes Feb 29 when Cliffhanger hosts states)

Unlimited lesssons and climbing

Full membership 3-month $300, 6-month $500 or 12-month $900

Facilitated Lead for Youth

8 - 19 years 

Mondays and Wednesdays

  • A Cliffhanger instructor will be on hand to supervise lead climbing for those already ticked for lead climbing, or those who want to slowly accrue the skills. Get your lead hours up!

  • Participants must have their own lead rated harness and are encouraged to have their own rope and belay device.

  • Climbers in youth categories A, B need to lead at State Titles. We are waiting on determinations for top rope/lead for Youth C. Youth D can top-rope. 

Monday night 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Mon, Feb 3 - Mon, Mar 23*

*exclusions Labour Day, Mar 9

Participants must be term or full members, no casual entry

or

Wednesday night 5pm - 6pm during term

Wed, Jan 29 - Wed, Mar 25*

*no weeks excluded

Participants must be term or full members, no casual entry

Pricing:

Casual Kids/Youth - $25 

Includes single coached session, harness hire, shoe hire.

Perfect for: new climbers, kids who play lots of sport, blended families.

Term memberships 

Term One 2020, Kids and Youth: $149

Includes one coached session per week for the duration of the school term (see dates above) and unlimited climbing during the school term (extended Jan 13 - Mar 27!).
Includes harness hire, shoe hire, chalk hire and belay harness hire every time.

-10% discount on shop and events (non-discounted items/offerings only).

Perfect for: Kids and Youth members able to attend most coached sessions in a term.

Won't cover: holidays or multiple squad sessions

Full Junior Membership

3-month - $300

6-month - $500

12-month - $900

Includes unlimited coached sessions per week for the duration of the school term and adult classes where available.

Unlimited climbing.

No hire gear included (personal gear required, exception: belay harness)

-10% discount on shop and events (non-discounted items/offerings only).

Perfect for: Year round climbers, comp climbers, outdoor climbers, climbing families, young guns.  

Lead climbing for juniors:

Interested in signing-up for a lead course for your child or yourself? Please let your instructor know and we will tailor courses.

Or for more information call 9369 6400