About Us

Climb the Mountain is dedicated to empowering Speech and Debate Coaches and Students. We seek to increase participation, encourage a supportive community, and seek excellence in competition.

Climb the Mountain is named from Speech and Debate expert Jim Hanson’s motivational speech calling on participants to achieve their very best. Climbing the Mountain is the apex of the effort to be successful in speech and debate—at the highest levels possible and among as many participants as possible.


Climb the Mountain provides direct, individualized support for speech and debate coaches and students mainly in the larger Puget Sound area but we hope to expand in the future.


Climb began in August 2014 and we continue to build and grow.

Look for us to expand our help for the community as we seek to Climb the Mountain of Speech and Debate Excellence.

Speech Debate Forensics Seattle Bellevue Renton Kent Tacoma Puyallup Auburn Federal Way Mercer Island Bellevue Issaquah Sammamish Redmond Maple Valley Bothell Kirkland Woodinville  Edmonds Mill Creek Mountlake Terrance Everett Lynwood Duvall Carnation Snoqualmie North Bend Seattle Washington State Puget Sound

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Contact us at jim@climbthemountain.us