Climbing team celebrates another successful season |

Climbing team celebrates another successful season

Daily staff report
The Vail Athletic Club's Larry Moore, left, and Benji Dantashang around at the Youth National Championships in Atlanta recently.

As the leaves are changing and so is the weather, this signals the end of the summer climbing season for the Vail Athletic Club climbing team.

The team’s 12th year was yet another successful season of competitions and climbing for fun for our local youth athletes.

Benji Dantas once again performed the highlight of the summer-competition season, as he qualified for the Youth National Championships for the sixth straight time. This earned Dantas a trip to Atlanta to climb with the strongest kids in the nation, all vying for a spot on the Youth National Team. He climbed well, earning 26th in the nation.

Two scholarships were earned for climbers on the team, providing them with full tuition for the summer season. Ada Montoliu Prio earned the Live Like Logan scholarship, honoring former team member and coach Logan Jauernigg.

Amalia Manning received the Brendan Olson Memorial Scholarship. These scholarship opportunities are available for aspiring young climbers in our community for both winter and summer climbing programs.

Looking forward to the winter season, the Vail Athletic Club climbing team prepares for competition season, as well as community events. This November will bring the ninth annual Climb for Literacy event, a project started by Ellen Miller, designed to inspire children to help others in their community by raising money to support local literacy projects. Additionally, trail work and route development days are scheduled throughout the fall to continue to contribute to our local climbing community.

The Vail Athletic Club winter climbing season starts with the open house Oct. 1, a free opportunity for children ages 5-17 to check out the team and experience climbing. Two sessions are available; from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. All equipment is provided and no experience is needed.

For more information on youth climbing programs or to get involved in the local climbing community, please contact Larry Moore at

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