Mines Climbing has official practices three times a week, Bouldering practices twice a week and Ropes practice once a week. Practices include a mix of climbing and fitness training and are organized and run by our coaching team. Not every team member needs to attend all 3 practices, practice attendance expectations are announced at the beginning of the season at tryouts and may change from year to year.


Mines climbing competes in the USA Climbing (USAC) Rocky Mountain collegiate division. Every team member competes in at least one local climbing competition each semester and all team members have the option to compete in the USAC Rocky Mountain divisional and US National competitions. Team members are also encouraged to participate in local citizen competitions.


The team’s coaching team organizes various clinics throughout the season to help team members hone and practice specific skills outside of regularly scheduled practices. Past clinic topics include scoring competition routes and boulders, beta reading, supplementary strength training, and footwork. The clinic topics for the season vary and are chosen based on what the coaching team believes team members would most benefit from.


Throughout the year there are opportunities to serve the Golden (and greater Denver area) climbing community through volunteer events like crag clean-ups. These events vary from year to year. Mines Climbing is not only part of the climbing community, but also part of the Mines community. As a student organization, Mines Climbing participates in school spirit events like the M-climb, Celebration of Mines, and the E-Days Carnival.