My name is Steve Bechtel. I have been studying training for climbing for most of my life. Everything I have found that works, I have written down. Everything I know about training is on this website. Climb Strong started as a way of “correcting the course” for my friends who climbed and trained for climbing. Our mission is to deliver effective, applicable training information to climbers of all levels and interests. We look to move all climbers forward; through shared knowledge, motivation, and improved training tactics.
Steve is the founder of Climb Strong. A climber for more than 30 years, Steve has established over 300 new routes across the globe, from grade VI big wall free climbs to 25-foot sport routes on his home crags near Lander, Wyoming. An exercise science graduate of the University of Wyoming, Steve has been studying and experimenting with climbing training methods since his teens. After spending a few years as a full-time climber, Steve opened Elemental Performance + Fitness in 2002. Elemental is a full-service gym in Lander, but was build around the training needs of high-level climbers.
Ellen keeps the boat afloat. A trainer and coach for over ten years, Ellen also manages the day-to-day business side of Climb Strong. Ellen is a Yoga instructor, avid climber, and a mother of two. She still makes time to train each week, and is sending harder than ever, even after more than 15 years in the sport.
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