Kids age five to eighteen participate in Youth Adventure Climbing teams, also known as YAC. YAC is one of the many programs provided by the Climb Iowa facility in Grimes, Iowa. YAC gives children a chance to grow, be active, and step outside their comfort zones.
Youth can participate in either a recreational or competition team. Recreation teams are more relaxed while competition teams are competitive and fast paced. Climbers on the competition team travel to local, regional, and national competitions. There are three levels of competition teams in which climbers are placed.
Over 100 youth participate in YAC. “They develop into well rounded kids and climbers,” said Claire Sevenich, one of the recreational YAC team coaches. The coaches at Climb Iowa work to make their athletes the best they can be on and off the rock wall.
The climbing facility consists of a bouldering wall, an automatic belay system, and ropes for manual belay. Youth practice in the climbing facility once a week through out the year to improve their climbing skills. . “I just like watching the progression of each kid and each climber, from not having any knowledge of the sport or of how to move around on the wall. Even some being afraid of heights, completely terrified of heights, and then you would not even recognize that at the end of the year,” said Sevenich
Climb Iowa offers a variety of other activities for children including summer camps, spring break camp, and a Black Friday camp. Adults can participate in yoga classes, belay class, and climbing lessons. For any person interested in climbing there is an open climb every day of the week. “Climbing is a very addictive sport but its incredible the sense community among the climbers. They are all so nice,” stated Sevenich.