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Defying Gravity’s Gnar Pirates are a serious competitive climbing team. We strive to make a difference in our kids lives while having fun and developing the next generation of climbers within our community.

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Limits are a funny thing you know, I think more than most people think, climbing or anything that we do physically, is more mental than anybody really gives it credit for.

– Jeff Shapiro

Climbing is a full-body sport from your fingers to your toes, but at the same time, it’s like a dance on the rock. It’s about being strong and fit but also graceful and elegant and efficient on the rock.

– Chris Sharma

Height has nothing to do with it, it is your strength that counts.

– Lynn Hill

If we are not laughing and having fun, something is wrong.

– Mike Libecki

On a rock, everything is equal.

– Beverly Johnson

Climbing is great, we all love climbing. But what’s interesting to me is what happens in my head or in my life because of it.  Ultimately, I think climbing is a vehicle for exploration-of the world, of the self.

– Steph Davis


Spring Fling 2017

Spire Climbing Center hosted their annual Spring Fling on April 8, 2017. One of the best facilities in the intra-mountain west, Jeff, Sarah and the entire Spire crew do a phenomenal job, once agin, of promoting community and fun.  Thirteen Gnar Pirates and their...

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Montana Bouldering Championship 2017

The Montana Bouldering Championship was held February 4, 2017 at Steepworld in Billings, MT.  "The Montana Bouldering Championship is a fund raiser for the Steepteam 501c3 non-profit program. Steepteam provides climbing mentorship and training to Billings area youth...

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Fall wrap and happy Holidays

Four Gnar Pirates competed in the Steepworld Rock Jam on November 19th 2016.  Sage, Birch, Cole and Ian represented Missoula well and finished first, third, fourth and first respectively. Way to crush team!   Full results can be found by following this LINK.   Justin...

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