Friday, June 30th – Thursday, July 6th
(Ages: 12 – 14, 15 – 17) From the KMAC basecamp in Estes Park, we’ll venture out into Rocky Mountain National Park daily to begin our skills training for mountaineering. We start with rock climbing basics. Once these skills are mastered only then do we move into snow climbing. Crampon and ice axe use will be taught and practiced in order to prepare for a number of peak ascent possibilities; some of which include Longs Peak, McHenrys Peak, Arrowhead and many more.
June 30: Arrive at Kent Mountain Adventure Center. Equipment issue. Equipment check. Rock climbing instruction in the afternoon. Camp at KMAC.
July 1: Rock climbing instruction and skills practice all day.
July 2: Snow school. We’ll head into Rocky Mountain National travelling up the highest continuous paved road in the US; Trail Ridge Road, (12,000 feet). Even in summer, we’ll find plenty of snow to work on snow climbing techniques.
July 3: Mountain ascent.
July 4: Rock climbing.
July 5: Longs Peak ascent. North Face route.
July 6: Final group meetings. Pack up. Students depart KMAC 11:00am
For extra rope management training , rigging system practice, and just plain fun, students will have the chance to set up and spend the night on the porta ledges at the KMAC camp rock site.
You’ll learn the kmac approach that identifies each aspect of a climbing situation. This involves planning, critical thinking, and analysis of each system before proceeding.
Consider enrolling in this course after having completed the Beginner or Intermediate Rock Climbing Camp either in previous years or concurrently in the same season. Don’t forget that coming to this camp with a friend is a great way to become life-long climbing partners. We encourage this. Learning together is fun and helps a great deal as material is presented that students can talk about and share at a later date. Minimum number of students: 2.