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Vail Athletic Club hosts Climbing Team open house for interested kids

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The Vail Athletic Club Climbing Team provides an opportunity for kids to get into the sport in a safe and positive environment. The VAC Climbing Team will hold an open house on May 20.

VAIL — Summer climbing season is drawing near and the Vail Athletic Club, part of the Vail Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge, is encouraging kids and teens to find out more about the sport at a VAC Climbing Team open house on Saturday, May 20. Attend from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.

Climbing teaches kids confidence, teamwork and problem solving skills in a safe and positive environment. The open house provides an opportunity for kids and their parents to learn more about the VAC's Climbing Team and meet other young climbers as well as the coaches. The club's Climbing Team provides support and instruction for children and teens interested in competing and fosters community through competition, conservation and fundraising events.

"Our community is eager to welcome new members," said Larry Moore, VAC Climbing Team head coach. "We teach the children to challenge themselves in a fun, safe environment and focus on critical thinking and proper decision making while building confidence and developing trust. Plus, climbing takes you to incredible places and it is a sport the entire family can enjoy."

Kids ages 5 to 18 are welcome on the VAC's Climbing Team and participants are divided into groups by age and ability. Kids of all abilities are welcome. Please call 970-476-7960 to RSVP for the open house. RSVP is required. Climbing gear is provided and kids should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.

"This is a supportive and welcoming group," Moore said. "We look forward to introducing kids to the physical and mental challenge of climbing while keeping the experience fun and inclusive."

Moore has been climbing for more than three decades and coaching for the past 15 years. He is also American Mountain Guides Association-certified for both outdoor climbing and indoor wall instruction. He is a USA Climbing nationally ranked competitive climbing coach.

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For more information about the open house or the Vail Vitality Center, visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7960.

If you go …

What: Vail Athletic Club Climbg Team open house.

Where: Vail Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge.

When: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free.

More information: The VAC Climbing Team is for ages 5-18 and all abilities. Visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com to learn more.