2022 Youth Climbing Festival
July 22nd-23rd
First Ascent - Arlington Heights, IL

The Youth Festival consists of a combination of fun skills-based training and presentations/workshops for athletes and parents from experienced coaches, top climbers, industry leaders, and other experts.

All C & D category climbers who qualify for and compete at either Bouldering or Lead/TR Regional Championships will be eligible to attend the Festival; Youth C’s that are participating in Youth Nationals can participate in the Festival. Registration is limited and will be open on a first come, first serve basis. Spectators are not allowed during sessions; Activities at the gym will be for youth participants and Festival Coaches only. Simultaneous education sessions for parents will be occurring Friday, July 22nd.

Morning Sessions:

Pathway to the National Team – Meg Coyne, USAC National Team Manager

Understanding Routesetting and Scoring, Blake Green, USAC Level 4 Routesetter

Afternoon Sessions:

How to Supporting Your Athlete in Building Confidence – Zoe Sayetta, M.S.

Building an Inclusive Climbing Community – Malcom Godowski, Chair – USAC DEI Committee


The event will run each day from 9am-5pm, with a lunch break each day. The gym will be closed during the lunch break and participants are responsible for their own lunch.


Event Information

2022 Festival Coaching Staff

Head Coaches:
Meghan McDonald
Frankie Caiazzo

Maurice Cureton
Malcom Godowski
Sofia Maluf
Sashia Pelaez
Sarah Richardson
Marisa Romero
Nayton Rosales
Zoe Sayetta
AJ Shirey
Gessica Smith
Tyler Williams
Justyn Wise

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