KMAC Youth Climbing Camps:  Summer Season 2017


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 recieve an equipment list upon registering.


Over the years we have found that being exposed to the mountain environment at a young age leaves a lasting and lifelong love of the outdoors as well as developing a self-confidence that stays forever.

In Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Wilderness, we’ll carefully chose peak ascents geared to the individual skills within the group that will require technical climbing instruction in both snow and rock to reach the summit. Skills are taught in the field and then put into practice during peak ascents. Expect to be sharing the lead, solving route finding problems and fully involved in decision making. These mountaineering camps cover a wide range of skill development.

KMAC Guides certified in Leave No Trace and Interpretation will be “all in” for this challenging week of mountaineering instruction.  While this is a very physical mountaineering course, previous snow climbing, rock climbing or backpacking skills are not required for participation. However, students should be in good physical shape and be able to carry a 30lb pack.

IMG_4635.jpg resize.jpg 75Note: For full immersion in the climbing camps we have scheduled them to run consecutively to allow for a full 2 week camp. Students do not need to have taken beginner camps to enroll in the intermediate or advanced camps. Bring one or more friends and set up your own “private” climbing camp with one of the kmac guides if camp dates do not suit your summer schedule. For even more rope management training , rigging system practice, and just plain fun, students might even have the chance to set up and spend the night on the porta ledges at the KMAC camp rock site!

Throughout the year we get calls and emails from parents asking very similar questions:

“My son/daughter has been climbing indoors and is doing quite well. They’ve done a little climbing outside, and are interested in more outdoor instruction. They are very excited about rock climbing and I want to make sure they start off on the “right foot”. What do you have for that?”

I’ve included an excerpt of one of my email responses below:

“The climbing camps are very well suited for students like your daughter who have climbed indoors and want to take those skills outside. All of the climbing at KMAC is done outside on real rock. Having a very low student to guide ratio (sometimes as low as 2: 1) we are able to work closely with each student and tailor the course for each group. Every day, students go to a different rock site. We immerse them in the climbing experience. Evenings are used for slide shows, reviewing video, reading about climbing, and working with gear in the rocks around camp. There is multi-pitch climbing which requires belay stance changes and other advanced skills. We gear the camp directly to each participant’s skill level. There are usually 4 -6 students in each camp.”

Departures and Returns

All courses originate and end from KMAC’s headquarters on Deer Ridge in Estes Park. We provide pickup and drop-off at Denver International Airport for students arriving by plane.

Participants traveling by car should arrive in Estes Park at 11:00am on the course starting date. Lunch will be provided at KMAC. Pick-up time is 11:00am on the course ending date.

Participants traveling by air should schedule their arrival at Denver International Airport between 8:00am and 11:00am on the course starting date. A KMAC employee will meet your child at the airport. Departing flights should depart DIA between 8:00am and 11:00am on the course return date. Please contact KMAC before making flight reservations.  Additional airport pick up and drop off fees may apply.

2017 Youth Climbing Camp Schedule

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April 2017

4-Day Mountaineering AIARE Level 1 Course

April 27 @ 12:00 am - April 30 @ 12:00 am MDT
June 2017

Beginner/Intermediate Climbing Camp

June 17 - June 23

(Ages:  12-14, 15- 17)  Take your climbing skills to the next level and beyond. Be prepared for “all out” climbing. Hand cracks, finger cracks, roofs, 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…

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Youth Mountaineering Camp 1

June 30 - July 6

(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…

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July 2017

Intermediate Climbing Camp

July 6 - July 11

(Ages:  12-14, 15-17)   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, various knots, harness and helmet use, body positioning and movement, rope care and management, use of protection, history of climbing and learning to second multi-pitch climbs will be covered in this course. Students will also do a great deal of bouldering as well as slack-lining. For extra rope management…

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Bouldering Camp

July 11 - July 17

(Ages:  14 - 17) Bring your crash pads (or borrow ours) and take your climbing skills to the next level and beyond.   This course is designed for youth who climb regularly, often on climbing teams, who want the chance to try some world class outdoor boulder problems. This course is special in the KMAC lineup, as we don't only climb all day, we will teach skills, train, and focus on the process of "working" projects intelligently. Sleeping correctly, eating…

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Youth Mountaineering Camp 2

July 17 - July 24

(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…

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Advanced Climbing Camp

July 24 - July 30

(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…

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