ROY -- Dallas and Devin Hammonds have been rock climbing since The Front Climbing Club opened its doors in Ogden two years ago.
Now the siblings are headed to a national competition, where they hope to earn a spot to compete with others around the world.
"We first had to compete in the regional and then the divisional," said Dallas, 13. "Now we've won a spot in the national competition in Atlanta. If we're good enough, we could go on to the world competition."
Dallas and her brother, Devin, 11, said they were inspired by their father to get involved in rock climbing.
"Our dad has always been into rock climbing and did rock climbing in Germany," she said. "It's really hard and sometimes you get really pumped."
The USA Climbing (Sports Climbing Series) National Competition will be held Thursday through Sunday at Stone Summit Climbing in Atlanta. The two will climb against top youth climbers in the nation for a chance to compete in the World Youth Championships in Singapore. They have been training since March.
"We come here (The Front Climbing Club) six days a week for about an hour to two hours a day," Devin said. "Right now we're training a lot. The only way to get better at climbing is to climb, so that's what we're doing."
A rock-climbing wall is an artificial structure made up of shaped climbing holds attached to the surface both randomly and in specific routes. Climbers are secured with a safety harness to a climbing rope that travels to a person on the ground called a belayer. The belayer is responsible for the safety of the climber by controlling the tension as the climber makes his or her way to the top of the wall.
During the divisional competition, the kids compete in the American Boulder Series, a form of climbing in which no ropes are used and climbers go for a shorter distance, using pads for fall protection. The national competition involves rope climbing, said Dallas and Devin's mother, Holly Hammonds.
"This is our first year to be in the national competition, so we're still learning about what will go on," she said. "We do know the kids will compete in two rounds each, and we believe they will be whittled down from about 40 kids to eight during the last two days. The gym is enormous with some of the walls going up to 100 feet high."
Head coach Maggie Smith and assistant coaches Jason Delight and Jessica Kirby have been training the Hammonds kids and will accompany them to the competition.
"I'm excited but nervous. There are a lot of really tough kids who will be there," Dallas said. "But it makes you really strong, and it's a lot of fun."