(Ages: 12- 14, 15 – 17) Here in our Rocky Mountains there sits, tucked back deep on the Continental Divide a mountain seldom climbed. The mighty Elks Tooth, requiring technical climbing skills in both snow and rock to reach the summit. This mountaineering camp will cover a wide range of skill development including crampon and ice axe use.
July 17: Arrive at Kent Mountain Adventure Center. Equipment issue. Equipment check. Rock climbing instruction in the afternoon. Camp at KMAC.
July 18: Pack up. Depart Indian Peaks Wilderness trailhead. Map and compass lesson. Begin hiking. Hike approximately 6 miles into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Set up base camp approximately 9000 feet. Dinner. Evening discussion and planning
July 19: Snow school. Ice axe and crampon use. Rope safety and anchors.
July 20: Rock and mixed climbing school.
July 21: Alpine start! Time to put techniques to use for an ascent of the Elks Tooth. After ascending the initial snow slope, we will stay roped up for the spectacular traverse of the narrow ridge to the summit. Great views in all directions. Return to basecamp. Dinner. Evening discussion.
July 22: Break camp. Hike out to trailhead. Drive back to KMAC basecamp. Celebration feast and showers!
July 23: Multi Pitch climbing or bouldering.
July 24: Final group meetings. Pack up. Students depart KMAC 11:00am
Students will complete both camps with a strong foundation in fundamental mountaineering skills including:
• Snow School: Movement on snow and walking and climbing with Crampons
• Snow and Ice Anchors
• Snow Safety – Rope Use for snow, ice, and Mixed Terrain