2017 Summer Camps at Übergrippen

ÜG Summer Camps enrollment starts March 3, 2017 (March 1st for members!)! Don’t miss an opportunity to get your child signed up for our inaugural camp programs that combine the sport of climbing with fun experience based learning that kids will love! We have 4 unique camp themes and curriculum that will be offered this summer:

  • Shipwrecked: A week of pirating adventures where kids learn about knots, weather, orienteering, and survival! These young buccaneers will learn cartography while creating a map to their buried loot, then they will learn navigation skills using map and compass, celestial navigation, and go on a geocaching scavenger hunt, and they will round out with learning survival skills including shelter building, knot tying, and more. Additionally, kids will be taught a variety of climbing skills including top roping, belaying, bouldering, and slacklining!
  • Superheros: In this super powered adventure week, your kids will learn all about the physics behind climbing and come home with newly acquired super powers that use the secret powers of Isaac Newton, Archimedes, and more! These kids will gain Hulk like strength using levers and pulleys to magnify their own strength, they will experiment with friction and find ways to climb buildings like Spiderman, then they will become Superman flying through the air as they balance on a slacklines and swing on giant pendulums, and finally they will harness the powers of Elastigirl as they learn about springs and elasticity by playing with modern dynamic climbing ropes. In between all the villain fighting, these kids will gain skills in rock climbing including belaying, top roping, knot tying, and bouldering.
  • 7 Summits: In this camp, your adventurers will set out on a round the world adventure as they travel to the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents. This camp will provide a cultural experience as they set off on this adventure! Kids will learn about each summit, create unique art projects, learn about culture, and prepare and sample food from each mountains local region! While on this world traveling adventure, kids will practice a variety of climbing skills and techniques throughout our crag!
  • ÜberWarrior Training Camp:Has your child set their sights on becoming the first kid to conquer Mount Midoriyama? Well send them to the crag this summer where they will learn all about what it means to be a elite Ninja Warrior! Kids will take part in a variety of explorations that explore the body and teach them about about strength, flexibility, kinesiology, balance, health, and nutrition…so they have what it takes to become the next American Ninja Warrior!
Our summer camps are ALL INCLUSIVE! Kids will all get a totally awesome camp shirt (one that they will actually want to wear after camp is over) and earn an Übergrippen camper merit badge at a end of the week. Kids will be provided a healthy lunch and 2 snacks each day. Our camp hours are from 9am to 4:30pm, but our parent friendly pickup and drop off extends our supervised hours 30 minutes on each side of the camp day (so drop off is as early as 8:30am and pick up is as late as 5pm).
Our camps run every week starting June 26th and run through the week of August 14th. Camps are open to kids ages 7 through 13 years old. All camps take place at Übergrippen’s brand new indoor climbing crag located in Central Park near the intersection of Montview and Central Park! These camps will take advantage of both Übergrippens Indoor and Outdoor spaces making sure kids get a good mix of both throughout their day so they don’t get bored. It is our goal that each camper leaves the crag every day happy and tired and by the end of the week they will have learned or advanced their climbing skills and gained new knowledge.

5 day summer camps cost $375 per week for non-members and $300 for members.  To receive member discount, parent OR child must be an active member at the time of enrollment.

Enrollment starts March 1 for members and March 3 for everyone else.  Visitwww.ugclimbing.com/camps for more information.

Meet Übergrippen’s Programing and Climbing Team Staff

At Übergrippen, our vision has always been to create a climbing crag that catered to the entire NE Denver Community. And living here, we knew first hand that to do that we had to make sure we built a world class youth climbing program that offers something for everyone. So we set out to recruit and hire the most talented and passionate people we could find in the indoor climbing industry, and we feel we achieved just that with our newest additions to our staff! In addition to their background and passion, these climbing ninjas also share our belief in the importance of building a strong community within our crag and understand how to build quality programs for our members (both adults and kids). Our youth programs includes recreational clubs, competitive teams, after school programs, learn to climb programs, parties, and much more. So without further ado, I am proud to introduce to the Übergrippen Climbing Community the ÜG Staff that will be taking our youth programs to the next level!
Programs Director: Sarah Richardson
Sarah comes to us from Orange County California where she has worked over the last 9 years as a climbing and youth programs manager at some of the largest gyms in Southern California. She has built from the ground up two separate climbing teams and helped to created community focused youth climbing programs. As the head coach at Sender One in Santa Ana, she saw her kids win USA Climbing regional championships 3 times. Sarah brings brings her educational background (a degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Long Beach) to develop training programs for her athletes that helps them reach their goals! At Übergrippen, Sarah will be taking the lead on building recreational programs for both youth and adults.
Team Director and Coach: Suzu Jeffery
Suzu stems from Manhattan Beach, CA where she grew up on a youth climbing team herself and had her first experiences with coaching. Suzu discovered competition climbing in 2003, and has since earned a degree in Education and has been coaching around the Denver Metro area for the past 2 years. First as an assistant coach at Movement Climbing and Fitness in Denver (where she was also the first female route setter on Movement’s setting crew) and most recently at Colorado Academy. In addition to a coaching background, Suzu currently trains and competes in national and international competitions as a sponsored athlete for Mad Rock. You can see Suze in action on her “Defined by Passion” video.

Team Coach and Senior Route Setter: Chad Gilbert

Chad is a product of climbing gyms.  He started climbing in 1992 at Rockreation as a kid and has been sending routes ever since.  He has worked all aspects of climbing gyms, but has settled into being a predominate coach and route setter.  He and Sarah both coached together at Rockreation and Sender One in California and like Sarah, Chad also holds a degree in Kinesiology from CSULB.  We look forward to Chad bringing his talent, expertise, and style to Übergrippen to help us build a top tier climbing team!  One of the greatest thing about Chad is his passion for working with kids and turning them into top tier climbers!  Chad will be splitting his time at Übergrippen between both route setting and coaching. Chad will also be available for some private training sessions with members looking to step up their game or learn better techniques.

Next month we will introduce more of our full time staff!

Crag Construction Update

The pace has picked up on construction at the Crag.  On any given day you will see 8 to 10 trades working on finishing the building. The building structure was completed in January and now the outside walls are nearing completion. Inside you can now see ducting, water pipes, electrical runs, and interior walls. The team from Vertical Solutions showed up on schedule on February 7 to start erecting our American Crafted climbing walls! The coordination of the crews is a monumental effort being handled by White Construction Group, our general contractor. Though like any project of this scale, not a day goes by when there are not unexpected surprises, but our teams are working closely together to come to quick resolution in effort to keep our project on schedule. We are still looking forward to a mid May soft opening for our First Ascent members and an early June Grand Opening for everyone to come and climb! We will certainly try to bring those dates back, but we are trying to be cautious as there is still quite a large amount of work ahead of us.

Member Spotlight: Peter Wanberg

At Übergrippen we like to build a strong community, that is why we like to tell stories about our amazing members!  This month, please meet Peter — UG First Ascent Member and owner of “Jubilee Roasting“, the incredible coffee shop and roasting company located at Colfax and Kenton.  This week we sat down with Peter to learn about his interest in climbing while enjoying an amazing small batch hand brewed coffee and chai.

Peter grew up in Colorado and his family has been involved in the local Aurora real estate business for many years. Two years ago his family purchased the building that Jubilee now calls home and Peter had the idea to do more than just flip it or rent it out — he decided he wanted to open a community focused business that would help the area continue to grow. His shop is officially 4 blocks west of the Aurora Cultural Arts District, but Peter has his eye set on expanding that area further down the Fax and helping the area become a predominant arts district in the city. In fact, in the back of the coffee shop, Peter leases out collaborative “creative space” to nearly a dozen artists that practice their craft in small flexible gallery spaces.

Peter learned to climb in high school when he started going to Rock’n and Jam’n in Centennial. He then moved to Boulder where he attended CU and climbed in the student rec center and in nearby Boulder Canyon. The draw to climbing for Peter has been the total combination of having the satisfaction of solving a problem while you get a workout and getting to hang out with great people. He also enjoys the technical aspects of gear and learning rope systems. Peter looks forward to being a regular where he makes connections with staff and other climbers that he is able to climb with on a regular basis. Peter, like us, recognized that our local NE Denver community desperately needed a local climbing spot.

We are extremely excited to welcome Peter to our climbing community! Pete is quite busy these days managing the shop and expanding his wholesale distribution to local coffee shops and restaurants (you can find Jubilee at Annete in Stanley Market Place as well as Quince Coffee, but be on the lookout for Peter getting a quick climbing session in are at the Crag..and maybe say “hi” and partner up with him for a few routes or problems!

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