SCS Regional Championship on May 9 in Rockville


Earth Treks is thrilled to host the SCS Regional Championships again at Rockville on May 9th, 2015.

Earth Treks –Rockville MD.
Click here for directions

Standard USA Climbing Youth Region Championship:
– Single round on-sight Sport competition with 3 climbs per age/gender category.
– Single round Speed competition.


Now closed

8:00am  Isolation Opens for ALL climbers
9:00am  Isolation Closes for ALL climbers
9:05am  Climber Rules Meeting, Judges Meeting
9:30am  Route Previews
10:00am  Climbing Begins
1:30pm  Sport Climbing Ends
2:00pm  Speed Climbing Ends
2:30pm  Awards
Followed by Q & A about the new USA Climbing Regions and Divisions

Speed climbing for each category will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of their Sport climbing round.  Estimated Speed start times are below.  Final Speed start times will be posted prior to the event.

Preliminary Speed start times – updated:
12:00 pm – MD
12:30 pm – MC
12:50 pm – FD
1:10 pm – FC

12:10 pm – FJR, MJR
12:40 pm – MB
1:00 pm – FA
1:20 pm – FB
1:40 pm – MA

Running Order – updated 5/5/2015:
Click here for Running Order for SCS Comp

Bake Sale and Food Truck:
The Team will have a bake sale, with all sorts of goodies available, as a fundraiser for Mid Atlantic Climbers. Help us support this amazing local non-profit and
preserve climbing access in our area!

La Strada Food Truck will be on hand with lunch options during the comp. Check out their delicious, authentic Italian menu here.

Parking in Rockville can be a bit tight.  But other local businesses have offered their lots for us. Richard Montgomery High School across the street will have some parking available, and the Sandy Spring Bank lot is available after 12pm. There is also street parking on Fleet St and Mt. Vernon St. (along the side of the car dealership).

Click below to view/download the Parking Map:
SCS Comp Event Parking Map

April Member Clinics Schedules are up!

Member Clinics are FREE to Earth Treks’ annual members! Clinics marked with an asterisk ( * ) have a limited number of spaces available and pre-registration is recommended (required for some clinics). Call the gym to pre-register. Check out the upcoming schedule.

You can download the Member Clinic schedule for each Climbing Center by clicking on the links below:

APRIL 2015



Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Tickets on Sale Monday, March 2…

Tickets for Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour go on sale at all Earth Treks Maryland locations on Monday, March 2.

This year will be a 2 day event (different film menus each evening).

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21 & Wednesday, April 22
TIME:  7:00 pm  (doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Loyola University Baltimore, Maryland – McGuire Hall
-$20 – in advance ($16 students with school ID)
-$22 – at the door ($18 students with school ID)

For the film menu of each day please check the following website:

Check out the trailer for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour!


Interview with Mohammad Jafari and Will Anglin about their participation at the 2015 ABS National Championships

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On February 6th and 7th, 2015 we had the pleasure of sponsoring Earth Treks Golden Climbing Team Coach/Routsetter: Will Anglin and Earth Treks Golden Member/Climber Mohammad Jafari.

Both Will and Mohammad made it to Semi Finals where Will placed 17th…that’s right! In the top 20!!! Mohammad moved on to finals and on Saturday evening, after a exciting and amazing performance by all the competitors at the ABS National Championships, Mohammad was announced the overall winner in the men’s category. Alex Puccio with the Gold (in Women’s category) and Daniels Woods with the Silver (in Men’s category) won their 9th ABS Nationals Championship title. Because Mohammad is an Iranian citizen, Daniel Woods took the U.S. title.

Several of you might be asking who is Mohammad, where did he come from?  How was it for Will to compete? We sat down with Will and Mohammad this morning at our Earth Treks Golden location and had a chat with these two guys to get a little insight!  Check it out!

2015-02-09 02.02.23 pmMohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi INTERVIEW

1. How old are you?  31

2. Where are you from? Kerman, Iran

3. When did you start climbing? I started climbing when I was 16. I spent 6 years as a professional on the Iranian National Team. When I attended University I earned my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and was not able to climb as much. My wife and I moved to Golden in the Fall of 2014 and I was able to start climbing and training again at Earth Treks.

4. How many international competitions have you competed in? Since 2002 I’ve climbed in many international competitions and finished on the podium in more than 15 competitions counting ABS Nationals. Most were in Iran, however some were in other Asian countries.

5. How long are you in the states/What are you here for? Wife is in a PHD program, so I will be here for 5 years.

6. Regarding the ABS Nationals how did it compare to other comps you’ve been in? The rules for ABS are very different than the IFSC rules. It was difficult to know what my ranking was throughout the competition. The problems were also longer and more powerful than what I am used to from IFSC competitions.

7. What was your goal when you entered Nationals? My goal is always to win.
8. What are your future climbing plans? I like sport climbing and plan to attend the SCS Nationals, and I hope to represent Iran in the Vail World Cup.

9. How will you prepare for the World Cup in Vail? I will focus mainly on increasing my dynamic ability and power. I will also work on pinch and sloper strength.

10. Is there anything you’d like to say to the climbing community? For me, winning championships comes second. The thing that is most important to me is being able to travel and build relationships with climbers and people from all over the world.


2015-02-09 02.00.31 pmWill Anglin INTERVIEW

1. How old are you?  25

2. Where are you from? Golden, Colorado (previously Sykesville, Maryland

3. When did you start climbing? I started climbing when I was 13 years old as a part of the Earth Treks Climbing Team in Columbia, Maryland.

4. What is your job at Earth Treks? I’ve worked in some capacity for Earth Treks since 2005, but I work now as Head Coach for our youth teams as well as a Personal Climbing Trainer and Routesetter at our new Golden, Colorado facility.

5. What is your competition history? I competed in ABS for a few years when I was younger. Back then there was no USA Climbing and I just entered Open and had a good time. I’ve competed in a few local competitions over the years, but this is the first time I have attended ABS Nationals as a competitor.

6. What was your goal for ABS Nationals this year? Since this was my first Nationals I approached it pretty light heartedly. I honestly didn’t know I was going until a few weeks before so I didn’t necessarily train for the comp. I have been training general things like finger strength and such, but that isn’t necessarily what is being tested at these competitions. My main goal was to get a feel for this level of competition and expose myself to its different stressors. As a coach I realized it had been so long since I had competed that I was finding it hard to relate to the mental stress of the competitors on my team. I feel like participating in the event has better equipped me to coach for it next year.

7. Any future competition or climbing plans? I had such a good time at the comp, I’ll definitely be there again next year. Other than that I am focused back on my outdoor objectives. Training resumes NOW!
8. How will you prepare for ABS Nationals next year? I definitely need to work on my jumping and my power abilities. Other than that my biggest weakness is intensity. I’m too relaxed. I need to be more like Mohammad. That guy brings the intensity and tries HARD! I am fortunate to have the opportunity to keep learning from him.

9. You’ve been climbing in the gym with Mohammad since the Fall, did you expect he would win ABS Nationals? I honestly didn’t know what to expect. He is a very talented and experienced competitor and he has a focus and intensity on the wall that very few people can muster. I certainly thought he would do well, but I thought the U.S. setting style would give him more trouble than it did. The competitions in the states are very different than the international competitions, but he adjusted well. He’ll be focusing more on his power now and it won’t be too long before that is no longer a weakness. I know he will continue to be a top contender at whichever competitions he chooses to enter. Watch out for this guy!



Outdoor Rock Season Now Open for Registration!

Earth Treks is well known for its climbing centers, but Earth Treks’ roots are in outdoor rock guiding.  Since 1990, we’ve been teaching climbing courses at local crags like Carderock, MD and Great Falls, VA.  2015 Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses are now open for registration!

Are you new to outdoor climbing and wondering where to start?