Interscholastic Climbing League

The Interscholastic Climbing League (ICL) provides a competitive climbing program for middle and high school students in the greater Chattanooga area. The purpose is to introduce 6-12 grade students to a challenging sport and lifelong activity in an environment that emphasizes communication, teamwork and positive social interaction without the competitive pressure often associated with traditional team sports.

After six successful seasons hosting the League that served and average of 250 student climbers each season, the pandemic forced us to hit the pause button in 2020. The pandemic combined with our limited resources as a small division within the City of Chattanooga, and the growing interest in the league over the past 6 years, we determined it was the right time to pass the league to High Point Climbing and Fitness in hopes they could properly support the league as it evolves and cultivate it as it continues to grow.

 

Terri Chapin, Outdoor Chattanooga’s Program Coordinator, and league founder expressed bittersweet feelings about the transition. “I’m sad to let the league go but felt it was time to pass it onto the local climbing gyms because they are better equipped to help the league grow to its full potential.” We are grateful to High Point for their willingness to keep the league alive and continue to give young people the opportunity to participate in a non-traditional sport! If you have questions about the transition of the league to High Point or are interested in participating in the league as a middle or high school student, please contact Graham.thatcher@highpointclimbing.com.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Interscholastic Climbing League

Reach new heights.

Student climbers participate in six organized meets at the three local climbing gyms to represent their public, private or homeschool. Student climbers compete against themselves to improve in the sport and with their team to see how they rank amongst other climbers/teams in the league. Students don’t have to have prior experience to participate in the league.

If you have questions about the transition of the league to High Point or are interested in participating in the league as a middle or high school student, please contact Graham.thatcher@highpointclimbing.com

What You’ll Learn

  • How to belay and tie a figure eight knot
  • Teamwork and relationship building
  • Climbing technique and terminology
  • Rock climbing and bouldering

FAQs

How do I form or join a team?
Can I participate in the League as an individual?

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Rapid Learning/ Intro + Roll Practice

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Rapid Learning for TVCC Paddle School

Rapid Learning for TVCC Paddle School

Reach One Teach One-Greenway Adventures Youth ProgramsRetreat

Chattanooga Grotto Meeting

OutVentures with YCAP

OutVenture with First Centenary

Partner Program: Youth Outdoor Leadership with Bridge Chattanooga and Reach One Teach One

Rapid Learning/ Intro + Roll Practice

Student Placemaking Project with Kayak Experience/OutVentures

Student Placemaking Project with Rock Climbing Experience

NPS Battle of Chickamauga Interpretive Canoe Tour- West Chick

Learn to Skateboard

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Partner Program: Tucker River Fellows Kayak Expedition

Reach One Teach One-Greenway Adventures Youth ProgramsRetreat

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Partner Program: Tucker River Fellows Kayak Expedition

Partner Program: First Centenary UMC Summer Youth Camp: Rock Climbing

Tennessee Valley Canoe Club monthly meeting

Canoe class/Jr. Ranger for Booker T Washington State Park

Partner Program: Youth Outdoor Leadership with Bridge Chattanooga and Reach One Teach One

Rapid Learning/ Intro + Roll Practice

Partner Program: Y-CAP Summer Camp at Walnut Wall

Sunset Kayak Tour with Tennessee River Gorge Trust

Paddle Smart Chattanooga- Intro to Flatwater Paddling

South Chick Pedal to Paddle ~ A Bike to Canoe Event on South Chickamauga Creek Trails

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City Holiday: Juneteenth

OutVentures with First Centenary

OutVentures with Y-CAP Chattanooga

Partner Program: Youth Outdoor Leadership with Bridge Chattanooga and Reach One Teach One

Rapid Learning/ Intro + Roll Practice

Student Placemaking Project/ Biking/OutVentures

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National Canoe Day

South Chick Pedal to Paddle ~ A Bike to Canoe Event on South Chickamauga Creek Trails

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Reach One Teach One-Greenway Adventures Youth ProgramsRetreat

Adaptive Cycling

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Partner Program: Youth Outdoor Leadership with Bridge Chattanooga and Reach One Teach One

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Did You Know?

Chattanooga is home to some of the best rock climbing in the country. Sandstone boulders and cliffs surround the city and provide climbers with a lifetime of challenging lines. For those who would like to try climbing for the first time, Chattanooga has three climbing gyms as well as local guiding services that can get you started in the sport.

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