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THE GRAVITY VAULT TEAMS

Gravity Vault Climbing Team 2010-2011

THE COACHES

Head Coach of "The Gravity Vault" Climbing Teams: Ferdie Araga

The Gravity Vault is proud to have Ferdie leading our teams.  As an accomplished climber and coach he brings a great dynamic to our teams in both Upper Saddle River and Chatham.  Ferdie started climbing in 1994 and was hooked ever since.  His “claim to fame” in climbing: Bringing his son bouldering for the first time at the Gunks.  

 

EMAIL: ferdie@gravityvault.com
 

 

      

Team Coach Upper Saddle River

Matt Ratajczak

Matt has been with the Gravity Vault since 2008 when his climbing career began. He is one of the full time route setters at the Gravity Vaults. Matt is a graduate from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in environmental science. As a former USA climbing competitor and track decathlete, Matt has a diverse and extensive background of training and competition experience.

 

 Email: Matt@gravityvault.com

Assistant Team Coaches- Chatham

Marcie Puskarik and Anthony Encinas

Marcie and Anthony have a shared passion for climbing. Marcie in an environmental scientist and Tony is a high school English teacher. Their love for the sport has led them to many wonderful experiences.

 

          

 

 


 

Intermediate Team Coach/  

Assistant Coach Advance and Competitive Teams Upper Saddle River

Steve Garcia

Steve has served as The Gravity Vault Upper Saddle River's Intermediate Team Coach since our opening and assist with the Advanced and Competitive team practices.  He is a physical education teacher, an avid climber and a phenomenal part of our coaching staff. 

The Gravity Vault has 3 Climbing Teams based on the climbers ability

Intermediate Climbing Team

Ages 7 to 19
Climbers Ability: 5.8 to 5.10; V0 to V2
Maximum Number of Climbers on Team: 20

Price $109.00 per Month

The intermediate team will be comprised of individuals that have limited climbing experience and are interested in taking climbing to the next level. They need to have a basic knowledge of top roping and bouldering and have the ability to effectively use their feet to position their body while climbing.  This team will practice once a week for 2 hours, a total of 8 instructional hours per month.  Climber needs own equipment.   

Advanced Climbing Team

Ages 7 to 19
Climbers Ability 5.10 to 5.11; V1 to V4
Maximum Number of Climbers on Team: 20

Price $155.00 per Month

The advanced team is comprised of individuals who have a well-rounded climbing technique.  They will undergo an intensive training program that includes stretching, power training and climbing.  This group will also learn how to lead climb and lead belay.  There are approximately eight practices per month held on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Upper Saddle River and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Chatham and Middletown. Climber needs own equipment.  

Competitive Climbing Team

Ages 7 to 19
Climbers Ability 5.11 to 5.13; V3 to V10+
Maximum Number of Climbers on Team: 20

Price $175.00 per Month 

The competitive team is comprised of the strongest climbers.  These climbers will follow a rigorous training program that will make them the best climbers in the nation.  Not all members need to compete in the USA Climbing Program in order to qualify for the team; they may choose to only boulder.  They will be given individual customized training programs based on their strengths and weaknesses.  There are approximately eight practices per month held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Chatham and Middletown. Climber needs own equipment.    

 

Tryouts-Please call today for an appointment!

Tryouts are conducted by appointment, are free of charge, and we can provide the necessary equipment.