NM Mojo Climbing Academy

Is your child interested to apply a stronger focus on climbing? You should consider enrolling them in the NM Mojo Climbing Academy! Designed as a bridge between recreational and competitive climbing, this program has dedicated coaches who will promote the individual's personal interest in climbing. Each session lasts 18 weeks, and the group meets for 2 hours twice a week.

As of summer 2020, the Climbing Academy has been initiated for elementary school kids; we do not have a program for middle school kids at this time. If your child is ready to make a stronger commitment to climbing and thus interested to join the Academy, we suggest that for the remaining portion of 2020 you enroll them in the Recreational/Alternative PE Club. They will learn the basics and they will be ready to join the Academy once the new enrollment starts. Please read below on the goals of the Academy, the admission requirements, time commitments, and other program details.

We cherish the opportunity to guide young individuals to purposefully pursue growth as climbers, athletes, and community members. We will work with each climber to define the extent of their interest in climbing, whether it is recreationally or competitively, and promote it to its fullest extent. Each athlete may have different individual climbing goals but everyone shares the objective of becoming a better climber.


Climbers of all ages are athletes motivated to continue to grow their love of climbing. Stone Age has been reorganizing all our youth climbing program under the umbrella of New Mexico Mojo and we are currently piloting a new program, the Climbing Academy, that will act as an extension to the competitive team to support a climber’s individual progression in a mindful way. The Academy’s purpose is to bridge the gap between competitive and recreational climbing.

As part of the Academy, Stone Age’s experienced coaches will devise individual techniques and skills to suit each participant so they become better athletes and achieve their climbing goals. Athletes in this program will not be required to compete, but they will have the option to do so. If they choose to participate in competitions, during that time they will be supported by the competitive Mojo team coaches and become an integral part of the team, wearing the Mojo jersey. Whether an athlete is interested in competitions or climbing as a recreation, the Academy is built for those who are excited by the sport’s challenges, lessons, and rewards.


There are three different paths to become part of the Academy and securing a spot on this team is dependent on availability of spaces, which will be filled every 18 weeks.

Path #1: Tryout for the competitive NM Mojo team. This shows that the athlete is dedicated to train in a competitive environment and would like to actively pursue it. During the tryout, the coaches will assess whether the Academy or the Competitive Team is the more appropriate program for the athlete to be in at that particular time.

Path #2: By Climbing Academy coach recommendation. If the athlete has been in the Climbing Academy and demonstrated the qualifications below, they can then schedule a PT with one of the program coaches and a decision will be made from there.

Path #3: By using a self-petition application. If the athlete believes that they have demonstrated the qualifications below, they can fill out the application and the coach will then schedule a PT with them for evaluation.

Criteria considered for qualification by Paths #2 or #3:

  • MUST participate in one session of the Alt PE/Club programs or the Competitive Team
  • Climb at SACG in addition to the Climbing Academy
  • Regular display of the 3 pillars (Safety, Participation, and Respect)
  • Set and pursue personal climbing goals
  • Demonstrate the ability to receive and apply coaching advice


Expectations and requirements of participation

  • Absolutely no bullying
  • Follow the Stone Age rules both inside and outside of practice
  • Be an ambassador of the program
  • Climb outside of practice
  • Attend 85% of practices (can have 5 absences in the 18-week session)
  • Take a top rope belay test at the end of each session until they pass
  • Be involved in the community (see entry below)
  • Set and pursue personal climbing goals
  • Demonstrate the ability to receive and apply coaching advice
  • Have their own equipment and bring it to every practice (shoes, harness, chalk bag, tennis shoes, water bottle, snack)

Community Involvement Requirement

The coaches firmly believe that growth and development in climbing are strongly rooted in community. Because of this we have decided to add a community involvement requirement. This can be fulfilled by completing any of the tasks below. The following is not an extensive list and items can be added to this list at any time as long as a coach feels that they qualify.

  • Climbing outside of the academy (indoors or outdoors) at least 8 times in the season
  • Fulfill their TechTickList at home
  • Volunteer for a Stone Age event
  • Compete in a climbing competition
  • Attend a climbing movie night (Reel Rock, Banff, No Man’s Land, etc.)
  • Attend an outdoor advocacy event, cleanup, etc.