Youth Rock Climbing Camps

The KMAC Youth Rock Climbing Camps are designed to make the connection and to bridge between indoor and outdoor climbing. Our climbing camps are based around traditional climbing ethics and principles. We are not about bells and whistles. We simply learn how to climb rock and have fun while doing it. Our youth climbing camps are known for their in depth instructional formats.

For the rock & mountaineering camps, students sleep in tents at KMAC’s private 10 acre secluded base camp outside Estes Park bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Participants need only provide their own personal clothing items, a sleeping bag and pad. You’ll receive an equipment list upon registering.


Upcoming Youth Climbing Camps Schedule

Beginner Climbing Camp

Saturday, June 17thFriday, June 23rd

1 Person–$1,325.00

(Ages:  12-17)  Take your climbing skills to the next level and beyond. Be prepared for “all out” climbing. We will sample all of the types of climbing: sport, bouldering, trad, even multi-pitch if the group is up for it. Hand cracks, finger cracks, roofs, slabs, off widths, chimneys, Chaos Canyon (RMNP) bouldering, you name it, you’ll climb it. This camp is designed to give the beginning and intermediate climber as much knowledge as possible about climbing and all that it entails.

The camp offers students the opportunity to further develop and expand climbing skills in an extended climbing session. It is the perfect way to transition from indoor climbing to real rock. It is all about climbing and moving on rock every single day. Time is also given to working with protection, establishing belay stances and anchors and general rock climbing safety. For extra rope management training, rigging system practice, and just plain fun, students may even 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.

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.

Participants traveling by car should arrive at KMAC at 11:00AM on the course starting date. Pickup time is 11:00AM on the last day of the course. Additional airport pick up and drop off fees may apply.

A sample itinerary is described below. The schedule can change due to weather, group skills, and other factors.

Day 1: Students arrive at KMAC. Orientation. Equipment issue. Lunch and course overview. Next we head to the private KMAC crags to get a feel for everyone’s climbing abilities and interests.

Day 2: The famous Jurassic Park. Tyrolean traverse and top rope sport climbing. Review teaching video.

Day 3: Face climbing day, RMNP

Day 4:Lumpy ridge RMNP. Single and multi-pitch climbs. Crack climbing introduction.

Day 5: Venue options: RMNP multi pitch and bouldering Chaos Canyon.

Day 6: Pizbadille Multi-Pitch adventure. Crags, Twin Sisters. Evening Celebration.

Day 7: Breakfast. De-gear. Students depart KMAC 11:00 am


Intermediate Climbing Camp

Thursday, July 6thTuesday, July 11th

1 Person–$1,140.00

(Ages:  12-17)

This camp is designed to give the beginning and intermediate climber as much knowledge as possible about climbing and all that it entails. Safety, climbing commands, belaying, rappelling, knots, harness and helmet use, body positioning and movement, rope care and management, use of protection, history of climbing and learning to second multipitch climbs will be covered in this course. Depending on what students at most psyched on, we will sport climb, boulder, trad climb, multipitch climb, slackline, and even get a chance to develop new routes/problems. For extra rope management training, rigging system practice, and just plain fun, students may get the chance to set up and spend the night on the portaledges at the KMAC camp rock site.

Participants traveling by car should arrive at KMAC at 11:00AM on the course starting date. Pickup time is 11:00AM on the last day of the course. Additional airport pick up and drop off fees may apply. A sample itinerary is described below. The schedule can change due to weather, group skills, and other factors.

Day 1: Students arrive at KMAC. Orientation. Equipment issue. Lunch and course overview. Intro climbs at KMAC’s private rock site.

Day 2: The famous Jurassic Park- Tyrolean traverse and top rope sport climbing.

Day 3: Lumpy ridge RMNP. Single and multi-pitch climbs. Crack climbing introduction.

Day 4: Face climbing, multi-pitch routes. RMNP, Combat Rock. Cliff Camping on site at KMAC!

Day 5: Pizbadille Multi-Pitch adventure. Crags, Twin Sisters. Evening Celebration.

Day 6: Breakfast. De-gear. Students depart KMAC 11:00 am


Bouldering Camp

Tuesday, July 11thMonday, July 17th

1 Person–$1,325.00

(Ages:  14 – 17) Bring your crash pads and take your climbing skills to the next level and beyond. Note: It is not necessary to have taken the Beginner Climbing Camp to enroll in this course. Whether you are looking to send a V2 or V12, you’re sure to find this camp a learning experience.

Students with prior climbing experience will have the opportunity to further develop and expand their climbing skills in extended climbing and bouldering sessions by climbing with one of the KMAC coaching guides. KMAC uses guides who are expert boulderers and are intimately familiar with Chaos Canyon and other local bouldering areas. Depending on group makeup and where stoke is, groups can go to sport climbing and other “roped climbing” venues.

During the camp KMAC guides will assist your training and develop your climbing in the following ways:
• Finger and tendon strength
• Stamina
• Mental preparation
• Nutrition

You’ll learn the KMAC approach that identifies each aspect of a climbing situation. This involves planning, critical thinking, and analysis of systems.

Many students in our Bouldering Camp compete at national bouldering competitions though this isn’t a requirement. We do recommend some level of experience with indoor or outdoor bouldering and students who can climb at least V2 solidly will have a much better time. 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.

Participants traveling by car should arrive at KMAC at 11:00AM on the course starting date. Pickup time is 11:00AM on the last day of the course. Additional airport pick up and drop off fees may apply.

A sample itinerary is described below. The schedule can change due to weather, group skills, and other factors.

Day 1: Students arrive at KMAC. Orientation. Equipment issue. Lunch and course overview.
Venue options: Bouldering in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Suzuki boulders.

Day 2: Lumpy ridge boulders.

Day 3: Chaos Canyon Bouldering–RMNP

Day 4: Return to “projects” at Chaos

Day 5: New problem development/Rest day

Day 6: RMNP Bouldering. Last chance to send! Evening Celebration.

Day 7: Breakfast. De-gear. Students depart KMAC 11:00 am


Advanced Climbing Camp

Sunday, July 23rdSunday, July 30th

1 Person–$1,325.00

(Ages: 12-14, 15-17)  We’ve set aside this week for students who just can’t get enough of outdoor climbing. It is tailored to students who have demonstrated advanced technical abilities and skills. Every day we will choose multi pitch routes on big faces and crags in Rocky Mountain National Park. Early starts and long days are often the norm.

This is a custom camp that we design for the unique goals of each participant. 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. Due to the complex and highly technical nature of this camp, the student to guide ratio is 2/1. Please call KMAC to schedule an  interview before enrolling in this course.

A sample itinerary is described below. The schedule can change due to weather, student skills, and other factors.

Day 1: Students arrive at KMAC. Orientation. Equipment issue. Lunch and course overview.
Venue options: Bouldering in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Twin Owls ascent. Climbing Craft: Make your own climbing water bottle.

Day 2: Lumpy ridge RMNP. Multi-pitch climbs. Crack and face climbing.

Day 3: Alpine start for alpine routes in RMNP. Options: Petite Grepon, Hallets, Spearhead.

Day 4: Lumpy ridge RMNP. Multi-pitch climbs. Crack and face climbing.

Day 5: Alpine start for alpine routes in RMNP. Options: Petite Grepon, Hallets, Spearhead.

Day 6:  Multi-Pitch adventure. Crags, Twin Sisters. Evening Celebration. Cliff Camping on site at KMAC!

Day 7: Breakfast. De-gear. Students depart KMAC 11:00 am