Intermediate/Advanced Rock Climbing (Day Camp) - 2024

Youth & Climbing Program

Intermediate/Advanced Rock Climbing (Day Camp)

Join us for a week spent exploring different types of rock and their unique challenges, learning more advanced technical skills, climbing techniques, and fine-tuning the essential skill of rappelling. This program is catered to youth who are interested in outdoor climbing and are ready to go beyond the basics.

Ready to take your climbing skills to the next level?  Join us for a week spent exploring different types of rock and their unique challenges, learning more advanced technical skills, climbing techniques, and fine-tuning the essential skill of rappelling. This program is catered to youth who are interested in outdoor climbing and are ready to go beyond the basics. Throughout this week you will advance your skills and techniques by learning the intricacies of climbing on various rock types and gaining an understanding of climbing grades and different types of climbing.  Each day we will travel to a new outdoor location, led by highly skilled instructors, and gain skills in small, supportive groups. We’ll start our week reviewing basic climbing safety, belaying, and knot typing, and then spend the rest of the week developing more skills, learning how to climb up overhangs, on faces, in cracks, and on slabs. We’ll dive into the differences between traditional and sport climbing and learn what it takes to climb a multi-pitch sport route. Previous climbing experience is required. 

  • Age: For youth going into grades 5th-8th 

  • Dates: July 8-12, 2024

  • Location: Each day, we will meet and start our day at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) at 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401. This is a week-long day camp. We will depart daily from the American Mountaineering Center. Transportation from the AMC to offsite locations in the front range is provided.

  • Cost: CMC Family Members - $635/week, Non-Members - $685/week. CMC Members with a Family Membership receive $50 off. Learn about all the benefits of becoming a CMC member
    • Please note, if you have an individual membership and wish to sign up your child, you will need to create a separate guest account with a different email. You can also choose to upgrade your individual membership to a family membership to be able to register your child on your account and receive the discount.
    • Course fees include instruction, shared group gear (ex: ropes), harnesses, helmets, shoes, transportation from the American Mountaineering Center to/from the trailheads, snacks, and backcountry permits.
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Refund/cancellation policy

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more details and information about the camp. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Program Requirements

This program has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

CMC Will Provide the Following:

  • Snacks
  • Medical/First Aid Kits
  • Safety Equipment (GPS devices, etc.)
  • Climbing Gear – harnesses, shoes, helmets, ropes, belay devices, etc.***
  • Permits, maps, guidebooks

Participant Packing List:
If you are unable to bring any of the items below, please let us know. CMC does have a few extra items that we are happy to loan out for the week.

  • Clothes (comfortable clothing for climbing and hiking):
    o Loose fitting pants or shorts
    o T-shirts and a long sleeve shirt
    o Closed-toe, sturdy hiking shoes
    o Sweater and/or warm layer
    o Rain jacket
    o Brimmed hat
    o Sunglasses
    o Warm hat and gloves (for hiking trips)
    o Bandana or buff
  • Mask (optional)
  • Bug spray (must be labeled with child's name)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (must be labeled with child's name)
  • Water bottle (at least 1 liter)
  • Lunch and snacks (in a sack)
  • Backpack large enough to carry all personal essentials for a day hike/climb
  • Personal medications (inhaler, EPI pen, etc.) – please have all containers and
    bottles labeled and also listed on the medical form
  • Journal, pencil, pen, books (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
    **Cell phones, gaming devices, tablets, and iPods are NOT allowed on this course.

***Participants are allowed to bring their personal climbing gear – harnesses, shoes,
helmets, etc. Please note this is optional. (CMC instructors will inspect all personal
gear/equipment before use).

Program Materials

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