Whether you're new to climbing, and looking for a gap year or semester away from campus experience, or you're an elite athlete already sending 5.13's, RIDGE's individualized training plans will take you to the next level. RIDGE Mountain Academy climbing program helps student athletes improve their overall technique and gain experience in the vertical environment. At RIDGE, climbing includes: rock, ice, and alpine. Traveling through vertical environments is the link between all climbing disciplines. 

Getting vertical at RIDGE:

Alpine or Mountaineering- Hike, scramble, rock climb, cross glaciers during a gap year or semester away from campus. Rope-in and learn techniques to travel over rock, ice or snow, with or without skis, and address different aspects of the mountain including ascending alpine ridges and couloirs.

Rock Climbing- Explore natural rock formations and gain knowledge of rope systems, tying in, belaying, leading, abseiling, and lowering. Build endurance, strength, ability and balance as you fine-tune your skills or learn basic techniques. Outdoor and indoor climbing will provide opportunities to build skills.

Ice Climbing- Experience ascending icefalls and frozen waterfalls. Learn to use crampons, ice tools, and techniques such as front pointing, french technique, and placing ice screws.

Here's how we integrate climbing into RIDGE campus based programs

Climbing Gap Year Programs at RIDGE: RIDGE coaches create student athlete- specific training programs, so you can get the most out of your Gap Year in Montana. During the warm weather months you'll climb rock several times a week, and you'll have opportunities for indoor climbing and ice climbing trips in the winter. You'll also work with RIDGE health coaches, have the opportunity for an internship in the outdoor industry, and the option of earning college credit. 

Climbing Training for Elite Athletes: You'll work with RIDGE coaches all semester to take your climbing to the next level. Want to ramp up for bouldering competitions or improve your outdoor climbing ability? Ready to climb harder routes and gain experience climbing outside? RIDGE Academy will build an individualized program to help you meet your goals! 

RIDGE High School Climbing Academy: When you take a semester off to climb with RIDGE, you'll be able to train in the morning, and attend classes in the afternoon without compromising your graduation date. Stay on track with your academics while training with RIDGE!