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Winter Camp

Shake the "cabin fever"... Get the kids outside this holiday break - join us for a 4-day winter adventure! Kids will get to snowshoe, build a Quinzhee/snow shelter, and learn about the science behind avalanches. We round out the week with indoor rock climbing and museum scavenger hunt at the American Mountaineering Center.

  • January 2-5, 2018

Ages: 9-12.  Maximum 12 participants

Course meets 9:00a - 3:30p, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in downtown Golden with daily field trips to local open space parks. Drop-off and pick-up is at the AMC.


Winter Hut Trip

Spend a long weekend in the winter backcountry!  Join us for a wintry expedition to the CMC's Brainard Cabin. Enjoy three days of snowshoeing and exploring the remote expanses of Brainard Lake Recreation Area. Learn avalanche awareness and safety skills, route-finding, backcountry snow travel techniques, build snow shelters, hang out around the wood-stove fireplace.

Ages: 13-18

Cost: $225 CMC members / $250 non-members

Includes transportation, meals, hut fee, instruction, and any necessary gear.





Spring Break in Moab

Let's hit the road! Join Teen Ventures for 5 days of camping, climbing, hiking, river sports, and fun in the gorgeous surroundings of Moab, Utah. Visit breath-taking Arches National Park, climb the famed Ice Cream Parlor and Wall Street crags, paddle the Colorado River, sleep out under the starry desert sky, and more.

Ages: 13-18. Maximum 8 participants.

  • March 26-30, 2018 Cancelled

Cost: $600 CMC members / $650 non-members

Includes transportation, meals, lodging, NPS admission, instruction, and any necessary gear.




Family Climbing Skills

This two day course is for families who want to climb outside.   At the end of this 2-day session adults will be able to help their youth set up “top-rope” climbs at local Golden crags.  Adults should leave feeling confident that they can either set up or double check their youth's climbing anchors and belay.

  • October 14-15, 2017

Day 1: 9:00a - 2:00p. We will start at the American Mountaineering Center and transition to "Golden Cliffs" outdoor climbing area on North Table Mountain. Participants learn what gear is necessary in order to climb outdoors with your family and how to build simple climbing anchors.

Day 2: 9:00a - 2:00p. We will venture to another local outdoor climbing area in Golden, CO. Instruction will include practice building anchors, managing your safety on a cliff edge while building anchors, and belaying each other in a controlled and supportive learning environment.

**Enrollment fee is for one adult participant and their youth climber (age 12+).  We hope to build connections between youth and their adults with these new skills.  If you would like to enroll 2 adults instead of an adult and child combination please complete registration and then contact YEP via email of your plans.  

Cost: CMC members - $200/participant; Non-members $250/participant. Includes climbing equipment and instruction.

Prerequisite:  prior experience climbing and belaying