Climb @ Blue Ridge

The Climbing Team

The Climbing Team

A Great Alternative Sport For All Ages

Are your kids looking for a sport where they always get to play? Climbing is a sport where they will learn new skills in an atmosphere of encouragement. In climbing, technique can often triumph over muscle, and girls will often outperform the guys. Our experienced coaches will guide your child through climbing specific games and exercises to help them build confidence, balance, flexibility, and strength.

There are many climbing competitions nearby throughout the year that help to give your child attainable goals and motivate them to keep working to achieve the next level.

We have climbers at all skill levels on our team, so your child can start at any point during the year and fit right in.

Are You Interested?

The cost is $65 per month and includes a gym membership.

Team Schedule

  • Beginner: Every Thursday 5:20–6:20pm or 6:30–7:30pm
  • Intermediate: Every Monday 5:20–6:20pm
  • Advanced: Every Monday 6:30–7:30pm

As most spots are full, please contact the team coordinator at cbryouthclimbingteam@gmail.com for availability.

The Coaches

Karla Hancock

It all started in a climbing gym for Coach Karla. Now, over two decades later, she’s come full circle; tracing her roots back to where it began, only this time, with a kid crusher in tow. Her passion for climbing has greatly influenced her travels – oftentimes sending her and her family to world class climbing destinations. She considers the Red River Gorge her home crag after having spent her formative climbing years there and establishing dozens of first ascents in Muir Valley. As a climber of petite stature, Coach Karla draws on her own experience, developing techniques and strategies that suit climbers who mirror her in size – which benefits youth climbers in particular. Having coached several US National Team level climbers in the Midwest, her approach to coaching is centered on communication and fun while also creating an atmosphere and program that helps climbers develop their confidence and skills.

Heather McNeely

Coach Heather was introduced to climbing in 2009 by her brother, who primarily climbed outdoors, but invited her to try indoor climbing at Climb @ Blue Ridge. In addition to loving the sport of climbing, Heather values making friendships within the climbing community and sharing her love of the sport with others. She has climbed at crags across the Southeast and her favorite is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Heather is an avid distance runner, having completed three Boston marathons. Both Heather and her husband Brent are college professors. Heather teaches music and trumpet. They have four children and one daughter-in-law.

Oliver Rodgers

Coach Oliver Rodgers is an avid climber, mainly experienced in bouldering. He grew up in Greenville climbing on whatever manmade rock was available without knowing about the sport of rock climbing itself. Now with one year of climbing under his belt, he trains three times a week as part of an advanced team. Freshly knowing what a beginner is thinking and the fun ways they can improve is Oliver’s most beneficial skills. Along with knowing how to get stronger as a climber he also has experience with injury prevention, yoga, Tai Chi, running and through trial and error knows about diet and nutrition.

Liz Laskowski

While new to the Greenville area, Coach Liz has been climbing and coaching for a few years. Her first real coaching experience was in Virginia at a gym called Rise Up. Since then, the climbing gym has always been a second home for Liz. After having a baby and moving to Missouri, Liz did some coaching at Climb So iLL, in St. Louis, but she is glad to be back near the mountains! Liz loves climbing especially for the positive headspace, problem solving, and great community. She loves coaching new climbers and helping experienced climbers meet their goals. She lives with her brother, Lucas, her husband/climbing partner, Josh, and their one-year-old, Reuel. Josh and Liz enjoy lead climbing, when Reu is asleep. When she's awake, they pass her back and forth bouldering! She'll be up on the walls with us all soon.

Grace Barrows

Coach Grace fell in love with climbing in 2020 while toproping the Lower Leda of Tennessee. She says she climbs for the head space, problem solving, and her climbing family! Her favorite part about Climb @ Blue Ridge is the community of friends that support each other. Grace loves coaching the littles in the beginner teams and loves when her students come in and climb with her on the weekends. When she isn't in the gym, she loves climbing outdoors with friends and her dog Addie.