Climbing Team

VW Team
The Vertical World Climbing Team, also established in 1987, consists of many of the nation’s strongest youth climbers. Its colors are Red and White. Its key symbol/logo is a shield featuring Seattle’s icon – the Space Needle with the words reading: Vertical World Climbing Team est. 1987.
For the past 15 years, Vertical World Climbing Team has consistently placed in the Top 3 at both the ABS and SCS National Championships.

VW Climbing Team Fund:

The VWCTF is a separate, non-profit group that exists to support the kids with their travels and other unforeseen expenses that may come along with competition. Their mission is “To support youth aspiring national and international success through rock climbing. To contribute to the VWCTF, please click on the donate button below, or join in one of the rebate/matching programs already supporting our youth! 501(c)(3)




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Coaching Staff

Tyson Schoene

Tyson Head Coach, since 2002. Head Vertical World Routesetter. Part of the US National Climbing Team Coaching Staff.
I grew up in a climbing family. We were members at the original Vertical World from its inception. I started taking sport climbing seriously when I was 10 years old and competed from ’89-’93 before there were climbing teams or coaches or even many youth competitors.
I began coaching a small group at our gyms and built it into what it is today. I’m thankful every day for this opportunity. Not many people are given the chance to change lives and make a difference. I think of this every time the kids come through the door. We are training climbers and building community, but most importantly we are building a foundation for these kids that will allow them to be successful in all aspects of their lives. The skills they are learning here translate directly to most obstacles and situations you will see. I am proud to be a part of that, and I am grateful to be given the chance.


Matt Denton

MattI started climbing outside Austin, Texas 14 years ago at age 17. By age 19, I had started working for a summer camp as a member of the adventure recreation team. I taught rock climbing, rappelling, caving, team building and wilderness skills. Over the next 5 years I continued to climb, backpack and teach. In 2008, I moved to Minnesota to get a Master’s degree in Experiential Education. Minnesota is a cold and barren place (in the winter), therefore indoor climbing is a must. Eventually, I built a basement homewall in my apartment, and by the time my wife and I moved to Seattle in 2010 I was hooked on plastic pullin’. Luckily, Vertical World was hiring. In the years since I started working for Vertical World I have worked with youth programs, adult classes, outdoor guiding, and of course the youth climbing team. I am currently the Facility and Instruction Coordinator as well as a Routesetter and Coach at Vertical World, Redmond. I am a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guide Association, a certified Wilderness First Responder, and a certified USA Climbing Coach.
I love working with our Team kids. Everyday is a privilege and an honor.

Alex Fritz

FritzAge: 22; Years climbing: 15; Years coaching: 5

Accomplishments: U.S. National Team for Youth and Adult, Apprentice Coach for U.S. Youth National Team at Youth Worlds (2013), climbing just as good in street shoes as climbing shoes. USA Climbing Level 1 Route Setter