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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 families made the trip to Bozeman to compete.  For a number

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Montana Bouldering Championship 2017

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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 through practice and competition. The Championships provide a competition venue that promotes and rewards the upper talent of

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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 and Abbey competed in the adult comp and placed first and

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A long overdue update!!

The Helena, Missoula and Bozeman comp photos are posted!  Thanks to MacKenzie Lightfield for her time and considerable effort in photographing the team in Bozeman. The final local comp of the season is in Billings on November 19, 2016.  You can register for the Steepworld Rock Jam by following this LINK.  Don’t miss this comp.  One

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Helena Stonetree Showdown and Portland Boulder Rally Pictures

October 8th was the first annual Stonetree Showdown.  Held at Helena’s Stonetree Climbing Center, 69 youth competitors from across the region descended on the state capital to compete in a USAC sanctioned bouldering local competition. The Gnar Pirates represented well with 13 team members pulling hard and having fun.  Full results can be found HERE. 

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Portland Boulder Rally

The long wait is over and the sixth annual PBR is this weekend!  Our comp season is a few days away from kick off with the comps coming fast and furious in October.  Check back here for an updated link to the live feed for PBR finals. In addition to a few Gnar Pirates, Justin is dusting

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Community Monday

Join Defying Gravity and the Gnar Pirates for community night at the Thomas Meagher Bar.  The “Marh Bar”, (130 W Pine) donates 20% of all sales from 6pm-close to Defying Gravity and the Gnar Pirates.  Stop by and say hello, have a drink and learn more about the best youth climbing team in western Montana. Check out

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Quick mission to Lost Horse!

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Corin and Abbey took advantage of the one sunny and smoke free day of the weekend and went exploring at Lost Horse.  The team has played at a few different areas in Lost Horse this summer but we went with the specific plan to find some new (to them) boulders.  We walked more than we

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Portland Boulder Rally

One month away.  Get psyched!!!

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Bouldering Season Begins!

The 2016/2017 USAC Season officially starts today!  Memberships are now available through USA Climbing and can be obtained HERE.  Locally, The Gnar Pirate Season also starts tonight with practices at 4:00-5:30 and 5:45-7:15.  For a full schedule of local comps & practice times, check the practice and comp calendar link under the team resources tab.

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Defying Gravity is a 501(c)3 non-profit, established to support youth climbing in Missoula, Montana. Our mission is to foster a love of climbing in our local youth while developing a sense of community, pride, self confidence and stewardship of the land. We believe by instilling these values our climbing youth grow and develop into a lasting climbing community.