Missoula Independent

21 Jul

A nice piece written by Greg Peters and photographed by Cathrine Walters.  The article  describes the national trend of youth sports migrating towards more non-traditional sports and the impact that it has locally.  Included with the Gnar Pirates are MT Alpha Cycling and Unparalleled Movement.

I am happy that the collective hard work of like-minded individuals has produced such an amazing opportunity for the youth of Missoula.  On our end, the kids deserve all the kuddos. They train hard, sometimes on their own for something that they believe in and makes them whole. They travel long distances, make up school work at airports and hotel rooms and often times have to perform at a high level after a ten hour car ride.  They get very little recognition from peers outside of their respective community, and at such a formative age that can be devastating.  Congratulations Gnar Pirates.  Keep up the strong work.  You deserve every single bit of this!

Game Changers by Greg Peters

Adopt A Highway

20 Jul

IMG_25411111Defying Gravity and the Gnar Pirates will be doing our summer adopt a highway trash pickup this Sunday, July 24th.  If you are interested,  please met us at Lolo Hot Springs at 10:30am for a safety meeting and to go over the schedule of the clean up.  Thanks!

Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear

20 Jul

RMCG_Icon_BLACKDefying Gravity would like to welcome our newest competition sponsor Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear. Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear uses recycled materials to manufacture rock climbing holds. Owner Carl Keene has worked in the aerospace industry for over 16 years, building and designing high performance, composite aircraft parts.  While working in aerospace, Carl was always looking for a way to use the materials that he saw being wasted on a daily basis. Carl now recycles everything from plastics to epoxy, to make a strong and durable, very realistic nontoxic climbing hold products.  Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear holds have been tested our all environments. Our test holds have been smashed, beaten, thrown and left out in the elements. Rocky Mountain Climbing Holds will not chip, crack or fade in any environment.


Draught Works Brewery Cheers for Charity Event

24 May

Draught Works is hosting Defying Gravity and The Gnar Pirates on June 7, 2016 from 5pm-8pm.  $0.50 of every pint sold goes to support our youth climbing team.  Stop by and have a beer or two and support the best youth climbing team in western Montana!

More information can be found on our Facebook page located in the upper right corner of this page.  Just click the icon!


Thanks for your support.


6 May

A huge thanks to everyone that took the time to donate to Defying Gravity via the Give Local platform.  Your donations will go towards making a stronger youth climbing community in Missoula for years to come!

So the Give Local webpage is experiencing some issues.  This email was sent out by Caroline Lauer to address the loading problems.


Hi everyone,

Our Give Local is off to a somewhat stressful start with donation forms not appearing on your individual sites. We are aware of the issue and working with Kimbia to resolve the issue ASAP. In the meantime, donation forms are appearing on the main home page, though it is slow to load. Please direct donors there, where they can type in your organization name and make a donation. Thanks for your patience – we deeply apologize for the inconvenience.


Caroline Lauer, Program Associate

Missoula Community Foundation
110 W. Front Street
P.O. Box 8806, Missoula, MT 59807
(406) 926 – 2846 (W)
(717) 919 – 3144 (C)

Adopt A Highway

3 May

Defying Gravity and Western Montana Climbers Coalition are happy to announce that our next adopt a highway cleanup will take place on May 22, 2016.  Interested in helping out a great cause and meeting the people behind the scenes?  Want to learn more about protecting access to outdoor recreation?  Want to learn about the coolest youth climbing team around?  If you answered yes to any of the above contact us via our contact page and we will fill you in on the details.