ASU Climbing Team

The Adams State Climbing team is a competitive collegiate team that competes under USA Climbing in the Collegiate Climbing Series. Currently two time defending regional champions, ASC (Adams State Climbing) is gearing up to place high at nationals this year. The team started out as a student run club started by student Matthew Moore and was known as ASCC (Adams State Climbing Club).

The club traveled and competed as individuals at different competitions until 2008 when the Collegiate Climbing Series (CCS) started up. In this series the club was able to register a team score and compete as a unit. That first year of CCS the club took second in the region with Amy Scavezze as the women's regional champion and Matthew Moore as the men's regional runner up.

In 2009 the club took second at regionals again with Amy Scavezze as women's runner up and Murphy Degan as men's champion. In 2010 the club stepped it up a notch and started having regular practice times and again took second place in the region, but also endured a few injuries to key climbers. In 2011 the club swept the region for the men with Robert Warden as champion, Ian Hellman as runner up, and Jarod Lucero as second runner up, Amy Scavezze was the women's runner up. The club also attended the first national competition in 2011 and placed 12th overall as a team.

The 2012 competition season was when the club transitioned to a team and Amy Scavezze was hired on as the head coach. With regular mandated and managed practices the team became very strong and at the 2012 regional championship the women swept it with Rachel Hand as champion, Victoria Miranda as runner up, and Tavia Carlson as second runner up. The men also represented well with Michael Cherneski as champion, Jarod Lucero as runner up, and Josiah Gibson in fourth place. At the 2012 national championship there were more competitors than ever in CCS and the team took 19th overall.

What's happening now?

The 2013 season will be the first season the team will compete with climbers who were recruited to come to Adams State University to be on the climbing team. It will also be the first year the team will be practicing all fall to prepare for the spring competition season. We are looking to defend the regional title and place in the top ten at nationals.

About the coach

Andrew McClure is a San Luis Valley native, small business owner and Adams State graduate. He has pursued climbing with a passion for the last 6 years. Andrew climbs everything from alpine peaks and ice and mixed routes to sport climbs and bouldering. He also devotes a lot of his time to seeking out and developing new bouldering and routes in the SLV. The outdoors has always been a staple of Andrew's life and being in the hills is the perfect way to escape the world and find a little peace. In addition to climbing, Andrew volunteers for Alamosa and Rio Grande County Search and Rescue. 2014 will be ASU Climbing's first season with Coach McClure at the helm. With a wide breadth of climbing knowledge and experience he has a lot to offer the team. Whether beginner or advanced, climbers will be pushed and helped to grow into better climbers both mentally and physically. ASU Climbing is excited to have Andrew McClure as our new coach and he's even more excited to be working with the ASU Climbers!

To contact Andrew with questions about joining or supporting the team email:
mcclureaj@grizzlies.adams.edu