Tahoe Climbing Coalition

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

​EIN: 83-4386872

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The mission of the ClimbUp! Program is to improve the lives of underserved youth by introducing them to the adventure and joy of rock climbing. ClimbUp! uses mentorship to teach youth about five core values which can be applied to climbing and can carry over into all aspects of life:

Participant Application

To apply a child for participation, please print and return the completed application form to Blue Granite Climbing Gym.

Mentor Application

You can apply online to be a mentor, or you may print and return the completed application form to Blue Granite Climbing Gym.

Program Goals

The Climb Up! program is an intervention program targeting local youth identified as being at risk of depression, anxiety, substance use and high risk behaviors. Using the process of learning to climb, tackle and accomplish goals and challenges we hope to enrich the lives of our young participants.


There are a number of studies showing positive outcomes with physical activity including decrease in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, high risk behaviors as well as an increase in positive self view. Being introduced to a challenge, such as rock climbing, will enable our participants to use communication, balance, trust, teamwork, and confidence to create resilience and strength.  This therapeutic process will add protective factors our youth will take into the rest of their lives.

Program Overview

We will accept applications from all sources and will create groups based on age and needs.  All ages are welcome and we will group participants based on age. Each group will have 2 mentors for a 5 week program on either Tuesdays or Thursdays.  After the 5 weeks of program all participants are invited to join the Recreation Club at Blue Granite climbing gym, a weekly team program including all gear.  All programming is paid for with donations given to the TCC, including grants from The Barton Foundation.

Beginning 2020 Climb Up! will be up and running.  

Tuesdays: January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4. 5:00PM-7:00PM

Thursdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6. 4:00PM-6:00PM

Closing climbing party for all participants: Saturday February 8th at noon. Lunch provided.