USA Climbing Competitions
*Comps where ET Coaches will attend
Regional, Divisional, and National competitions have specific requirements for qualification, registration, and attendance so please read through the USA Climbing website carefully. Earth Treks charges a nominal competition fee for athletes attending upper level competitions through USAC (Divisionals and Nationals): $75 for Divisionals and $150 for Nationals. While these fees will not completely cover the cost of sending coaches, they will help keep it at a manageable rate so that we can continue to send coaches to away competitions.
Carissa Gross, Golden Head Coach
Carissa started climbing in 2011, while visiting Denver. After trying a boulder problem at a local gym she immediately fell in love. Back at home in Brandon, South Dakota, she traveled 45 miles north to climb at the small South Dakota State University wall. It wasn’t much but it was enough for train and get a little stronger! When Carissa moved to Denver she got her first gym membership at Rock’n and Jam’n in Thornton and has since expanded her horizons, climbing frequently at Joe’s Valley and other local bouldering areas. Along with coaching at Earth Treks, Carissa is also a freelance photographer and a videographer editor working with Wedding Memories of Omaha. Along with training for climbing, she enjoys training on obstacles similar to what you see on American Ninja Warrior.
Carissa grew up in the small town of Brandon, South Dakota playing volleyball, basketball, track and fast-pitch softball. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in December of 2010 with a degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism.
Ross Landino, Englewood Head Coach
Ross started climbing in 2002 at North Summit Climbing Gym in Wind Gap, PA. Ever since he first stepped on the wall he has been obsessed with the technical aspects, movement, and problem solving that climbing challenges us with. During his early years he competed in the American Bouldering Series (ABS) all over the northeast region. While attending Appalachian State University, he majored in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education. This allowed him to develop a career in instructing and developing young people in the outdoor education field through the NC Outward Bound School. He continued to push his climbing career through route setting and competing in local collegiate competitions.
He recently moved to Colorado in 2017 and started working for Earth Treks shortly after. He has worked with every level of youth programming including recreational programming and summer camps. He has been coaching with all of the ET Climbing Team levels since the day Englewood opened and continues to share his passion for climbing with the community.
If you don’t see him training in the gym you can find him out in the boulder field up at Mount Evans, RMNP, or all over the front range. His favorite climbing areas in the country are Rocktown, Ga; The Gunks, NY; Boone, NC; Joe’s Valley, UT; and Haycock Mountain, PA.