Our vision for youth programming is to develop, inspire, and support lifelong climbers in an environment where youth work together to find individual success in sport and life. We view climbing as a cyclical process through which the overall experience including connection within the community can transcend age, gender, and ability.


Our competitive team programming for youth is one of the ways in which we realize this vision and The Academy is the home of our North San Diego contingent of Team Mesa Rim. Team Mesa Rim is composed of two sub groups Ascent and Summit. Athletes enter these programs after working through our recreational programs: Drop-ins, 5-Week Intro, and Basecamp.


The Ascent San Diego Climbing Team is for athletes who want to learn more about what it takes to climb competitively. For athletes between the ages of 4 and 18 the Ascent program supports individual growth and team camaraderie. Unlike Summit there is no competition requirement but many opportunities to explore competition climbing and a low-stakes, supportive environment.


The Summit is San Diego’s Premier Climbing Team for committed climbers ages 8 to 18 who want a focused training environment to prepare for USA Climbing local, regional, divisional, and national events. Coaches provide climbers with a supportive environment to pursue their goals through competition-specific technique, individualized training plans, and mental training education.


2015/16 to 2018/19 Bouldering Season Regional Team Champions

2015/16 to 2017/18 Sport and Speed Season Regional Team Champions

2016/17 to 2017/18 Bouldering Divisional Team Champions

2016/17 to 2017/18 Bouldering Sport and Speed Team Champions

2017/18 Bouldering Nationals 7th Place Team

Team Mesa Rim is proudly supported by outdoor retail companies: Black Diamond, FiveTen, Butora, SoiLL, and Scarpa.

Interested in joining the team? We hold tryouts twice per year for athletes who have prior climbing experience. Fill out the form below and we will get back to you with more information.  

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