Weekly Newsletter - 9/11/17


Please use the link below to the Team Uniform Order Form. If you will be competing with the team, you must wear a team shirt. There are green T-shirts or white tank tops—you can wear either. You can order both if you’d like. Other uniform items available are hoodies, track jackets, beanies, and ball caps. These items are not mandatory but pretty cool to have! I’ll Need to place this order by the end of the week so please fill out yours ASAP! We need at least 12 people to order track jackets for us to be able to order them (minimum order requirement) Once all the orders com in this week, I’ll let you know if we were able to get them or not. 

Team Pictures

We are taking our TeamATX picture on Saturday, October 14 at 9:30 at Crux Climbing Center. Please be sure to be there with your team shirt on.  

Upcoming Competitions

Registration is open for the InSpire and ABP competitions. These events fill up early, so register now! You MUST register with each gym. 

inSPIRE Rock 9/23 — Register Here

Austin Bouldering Project 9/30 — Register Here

USA Climbing Membership

Climbers must either have a full USA Climbing Membership or a USA Climbing Day Membership for a competition to count towards Regionals. Day memberships are good for 24 hours only, so they must be purchased the day before the event. You can purchase a membership here.

PIF Option

If you know you are going to be around the team for a while, you can opt to PIF for a year and get 1 month free- total comes out to $1870. Let me know if you would like to take advantage of this special offer.

Team Google Doc/Sign Up Spreadsheets

This is how Coach John keeps track of who is going to attend practices at each gym and when so he can make sure to have enough coaches there. It's also how you tell Coach John that you will be attending competitions. (NOTE: You still need to register for comps with the host gyms.) You can also sign up for spaces on the team van if you want a lift to out-of-town events. View the doc.

Ordering/ buying Climbing Shoes and Gear

Each climber must have their own climbing gear. You can purchase shoes, harnesses, chalk-bags through the team's Pro-Deal from Mad Rock. The order form is attached to each week's newsletter. 

You can also shop for this gear locally at places like either of the two gyms or Whole Earth Provision Co. I recommend Whole Earth Provision Co. over REI because Whole Earth supports the team and the climbing community and has done so for decades, in a huge way! Plus Whole Earth is a native Austin company as opposed to a huge national chain.

Event Coaching Fees

Event coaching fees are automatically charged to your account after each event. For most locals the fee is $5 per athlete, some out of town competitions are $20, Regionals will be $35, Divisionals will be $65, and Nationals will be $125. These fees are also indicated the Event Details Tab of the Events Calendar Google Doc. If this is an issue please let me know and it might be possible for me to collect your fees another way.

USA Climbing Categories

Youth D: 2007 and later

Youth C: 2005-2006

Youth B: 2003-2004

Youth A: 2001-2002

Junior: 1999-2000


Congrats to Maya Madere

On September 2nd in Innsbruck Austria All of the best 18-19 year old competition boulderers on the planet squared off in the Finals at the Youth World Climbing Championships.  It was a very close and dramatic finish in the Femal Junior Category and in the end our girl Maya Madere won the Silver Medal.  One year ago in the same event she took 3rd place.  We love this trend of moving up every year!  Keep up the great work Maya, all of us here at home in Austin and around the country are very proud of you.  Way to represent the USA, Texas, and Austin!

You can check out Maya's awesome performance at World Championships here:

Maya at Worlds.jpg

Regionals are a Wrap!

Team ATX had a great showing at the Region 402 Championships this past weekend in Grapevine. All the YD girls handled hours in ISO like the pros they are. It was amazing to see the progress each and every climber has made this season. If you have pictures or videos you'd like to share, send them in. 

The following climbers received invites to Divisional Championships in Albuquerque, NM in June. Great job everyone! 


  • Female Junior: Maya Madere, 3rd place
  • Male Junior: Dawson Gosh, 7th place
  • Female Youth A: Ella Gardner, 4th place
  • Male Youth A: Aiden Henry, 2nd place
  • Female Youth B: Nadia Henry, 9th place
  • Male Youth B: Jack Wayne Cooksey, 8th place / Hank Lewis, 9th place 
  • Female Youth C: Claire Sherman, 4th place / Sage Kramer, 5th place / Gretchen Myrick, 7th place
  • Female Youth D: Uma Green, 3rd place / Adoss Littleton, 7th place 

If you competed in speed at Regionals, you automatically get an invite to Divisionals in the event. Here are the climbers who placed in the top 10 in each category.

  • Female Junior: Maya Madere, 3rd place
  • Female Youth A: Ella Gardner, 5th place
  • Male Youth A: Aiden Henry, 7th place
  • Female Youth B: Nadia Henry, 9th place / Kate Oliver, 10th place
  • Male Youth B: Jack Wayne Cooksey, 6th place / Hank Lewis, 7th place, Nicho Lucas, 10th place
  • Female Youth C: Claire Sherman, 4th place / Gretchen Myrick, 6th place / Sage Kramer, 7th place / Olive Embry, 9th place
  • Male Youth C: Nico Isunza, 2nd place, James Roberts, 4th place 
  • Female Youth D: Uma Green, 5th place / Adoss Littleton, 10th place


Harker Heights

Team ATX had a great day in Harker Heights. Here are the results. 

Male Junior

  • Oscar  - 2
  • Dawson - 3

Female A

Ella - 2

Male B

  • David - 3
  • Nicholas 7
  • Lincoln - 8

Female B

  • Kate - 2
  • Nadia - 4

Male C

  • Nico - 3
  • Alex - 5
  • James - 8

Female C

  • Gretchen - 3
  • Claire - 4
  • Olive - 11 

Male D

  • Oakley - 10
  • Miller - 16

Female C

  • Adoss - 1
  • Adeline - 6
  • Katara - 7
  • Natalie  - 11
  • Elizabeth 13 





Saturday In Houston

This past Saturday, we loaded up the FES Wagon and the Gardner Beast and headed to inSpire for a great day of climbing. All told, we had 17 kids go. The manager on duty at the gym looked a little overwhelmed when we all rolled through the door ready to go. The climbers got to work on some big problems as well as climb speed laps to get ready for Regionals in May. 

We hope to have another trip over to Houston in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for details. 

(sorry for the blurry pictures. i was using my phone, and it doesn't like chalk dust.)

2017 Division 4 Championships Are A Wrap

Thanks to Crux Climbing Center- Matt Twyman and Kevin Goradia, their staff, and all of the countless volunteers for putting on an awesome event! I want to give a huge shout out to the Team ATX Family as well, for providing the most volunteers over the course of the weekend,  out of all the teams represented, way to step up and represent the hometown!!!  Congrats to all of our team members that competed and a special shout out to our three climbers that earned invites to the Youth Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City next month Uma Green- FYD, Stanis Zarsky- MYD, and Maya Madere FJR!  Good luck at Nationals!!!  Photo Credit to Keri Stephens

click on photos for slideshow


Exciting things are happening on Team ATX now that we have entered the post-season portion of the bouldering season!

Regionals was an overall success for the FES squad. We had 28 kids travel to Norman, OK to compete in every age division except Female Junior. We are proud of everyone who made the trip and tried their hardest at Climb Up!

Of the 28 Team ATX competitors, 11 qualified for Divisionals, which are scheduled to take place at Crux Climbing Center here in Austin, TX on January 14th:

  • Oscar Bullock-Goyer, 10th M Junior
  • Liz Evans, 9th F Youth A
  • Aiden Henry, 7th M Youth A
  • Kate Oliver, 10th F Youth B
  • Jack Wayne Cooksey, 10th M Youth B
  • Sage Kramer, 3rd F Youth C
  • Gretchen Myrick, 6th F Youth C
  • Claire Sherman, 9th F Youth C
  • Uma Green, 4th F Youth D
  • Adoss Littleton, 8th F Youth D
  • Stanis Zarsky, 6th M Youth D

Once again, we are proud of everyone who attended and are looking forward to everyone continuing to progress as climbers and as people! See you at practice!

Nadia Henry chalking up on Female Youth B #6


Congratulations to Team ATX member Maya Madere on her excellent performance in the Climbing Youth World Championships!

Looks a lot like FES

An exemplary of the team motto FES, Maya traveled to Guangzhou, China this November to compete against the best female climbers in the world of the Youth A category. After passing the qualifying and semi-final rounds, Maya entered finals in 4th place. She would go on, in her words, to "truly [climb] to the fullest extent of [her] ability," which culminated in her bringing home the bronze medal for Team USA! We are so proud of Maya and hope she continues to influence and inspire everyone around her!

Competition Update

So far this season we have competed in four competitions; inSPIRE Rock Gym, Houston Texas, North Austin Rock Gym- Austin, TX, New Orleans Bouldering Lounge- New Orleans, LA, and the Yank on Yard (1st stop on the National Cup Series).  Next up we will be competing at Stone Moves- Houston Texas on October 29th, and finally at Austin Bouldering Project- Austin, TX on November 5th.  The Austin Bouldering Project competition will wrap up the USA Climbing regular/local season of the bouldering schedule.  After the regular season we will have our Regional Championships at Climb-Up in Norman Oklahoma on December 10th, Divisional Championships at Crux Climbing Center here in Austin on January 14th and 15th, and then finally Bouldering National Championships (Youth and Adult)

Bouldering Open Nationals: February 3 & 4, 2017 (Salt Lake City, UT) 

Bouldering Youth Nationals: February 10-12, 2017 (Salt Lake City, UT)

All of our climbers have done great so far! For results go to: