STEEPTEAM is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing climbing mentorship and training to Billings area youth interested in improving their climbing skills through practice and competition.

Our focus is to develop lifelong climbers.




STEEPTEAM gives talented young climbers the opportunity to excel in their climbing pursuits.

Climbers build skills with twice weekly practices they can use in local and regional competitions during the school year. The strongest will have the opportunity to participate in divisional and even national competitions.

During the summer, STEEPTEAM climbers will adventure outdoors, applying skills to the boulders and crags in and around the Billings area.

Local competitions will be required as we feel that they provide great benchmarking and goal setting opportunities in a friendly environment while helping foster the greater Montana climbing community.  We are not requiring team members to participate in USA Climbing sanctioned events.  Climbers wishing to compete at a USAC level will still have continued support by the team and coaches.  


2023 Spring USAC Competitive Sport Climbing Season

2023 Spring Schedule

Practices for this season will begin on Tuesday 1/31/23 and end Thursday 5/11/23. All practices will be held at STEEPWORLD Climbing & Fitness and will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm. Based on the volume of signups, this may change to two sessions, 5:30-7:30 and 7:00-9:00.


All team members are required to have climbing shoes (not rentals), chalk bag, harness, and appropriate climbing attire at every practice. A rope and belay device are encouraged, but are not required.


In order to compete in USAC sanctioned climbing regional competitions and beyond, climbers must qualify within the USAC mountain west region (region 22). Climbers are not required to compete in USAC climbing sanctioned events. Climbers advancing past a USAC regional level will have continued support from coaches. Both Qualifiers and Regionals will be held in Bozeman this year. If a climber goes beyond regionals you can expect to travel to different states. You can check this by going to https://usaclimbing.org/compete/region-22/ .

Qualifiers- 3/4/23 Spire Climbing and Fitness, Bozeman, MT

Regionals- 5/13/23 Spire Climbing and Fitness, Bozeman, MT

Expected Competition Season Cost

STEEPTEAM Fee: $100 per month

STEEPWORLD Gym Membership: $44/month + $54 initiation fee

Competition Entry Fee: ~$50/competition

**USA Climbing – Competitor: ~$105 

Sign-up available at the gym!

** This membership is a requirement for participation in any USAC sanctioned event (Regionals, Divisionals, and Nationals). Valid through both the spring sport season and the fall boulder season. If a climber has already purchased a USAC competitor’s membership in the most recent fall bouldering season, their membership should still be valid. If a climber does not wish to purchase a USAC competitor’s membership, they will have to purchase a USAC local membership in order to compete in local competitions, which is $25 dollars for the season on top of the local competition entry fee. Membership can be purchased at www.usaclimbing.org.


Head coach: Carter Lix  (406) 534- 6348

Assistant Coaches: Jack Dailey, Aaron Guajardo

STEEPTEAM Board Members: Jim Rott, Joel Anderson, Andrew Hayashida, Heath Lillie, Rodney Schilllreff, Shep Vail

If questions or comments still persist, email steepteamcoach@gmail.com.


STEEPTEAM is offering a limited number of scholarships this season. For more information, contact steepteamcoach@gmail.com.


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