Our vision for youth programming is to develop, inspire, and support life long 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. You can find out more about those programs and ways to prepare for the Team at our Mira Mesa location here and Mission Valley location here

We host try-outs twice per year for athletes coming with prior climbing experience. For more information about our youth teams email


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


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.

Team Achievements

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.