Youth Climbing Camps

As lifelong rock climbers, all of us at KMAC have traveled the world seeking the best cliffs and mountains there are to offer. In our travels we have been able to experience that true climber lifestyle, that lifestyle that has inspired us to make these climbing camps something special—it revolves around making only two decisions each day: what should we climb and what is for dinner? We have tried to keep this lifestyle as the backbone of KMAC climbing camps. Unlike many similar camps, we don’t have a preplanned list of climbs for the group to go down. Instead, we use the full spectrum of routes and problems that the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park have to offer, well over 2,000 climbs! Each camp we run will be totally unique, custom tailored to each student’s abilities and goals.

The KMAC Youth Rock Climbing Camps are designed to bridge the indoor and outdoor climbing disciplines. Specifically, we aim to blend the best qualities of a traditional summer camp experience, the subtle observations and skills of a top-level climbing coach, and the risk management/technical skills of AMGA trained rock guides. Students will leave with a baseline of knowledge that will inform a lifetime of good decisions, not to mention they will have one of the best weeks of their lives. The KMAC climbing camps are consistently rated the best in the nation amongst athletes that have attended multiple 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. Our base camp is a semi-primitive campground with a covered outdoor camp kitchen, dozens of cliffs & boulders that serve as our outdoor classroom, and some of the most epic views in the lower 48!

We work very hard to ensure we are educating students to be athletes. This education will include training theory, injury prevention, how to rest, and how to properly eat. In addition, we place high value on practicing Leave No Trace ethics in the backcountry, teaching our athletes wilderness skills and principles they can’t learn in the gym. We go out of our way to provide high quality food for all students and are happy to cater to all dietary restrictions and allergies.

Our Elite camps–the Bouldering Masterclass and the Elite Climbing Camp–are without rival in the US. Students regularly compete at Nationals and many are future Olympic hopefuls. These camps put student athletes on some of the best summertime bouldering, sport, and trad climbs in the country with top level coaches and guides. We always schedule these camps after the conclusion of the National Championships so all students can be sure to attend. This also has the advantage that all of the training they do to prepare for the comp can go straight into trying hard climbs here!

 

*Students should be in good physical shape and be able to carry a 30lb pack.

Note: For full immersion in the climbing camps we have scheduled them to run consecutively to allow for multiple camps in a row. Students do not need to have taken beginner camps to enroll in the intermediate or advanced camps.

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 for $30 each way.

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.

 


Upcoming Youth Climbing Camps Schedule

Youth Mountaineering Camp

Tuesday, June 16thTuesday, June 23rd 2020

1 Person–$1,680.00

(Ages: high school age recommended)

From the KMAC base camp 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 then move on to snow climbing. Crampon and ice axe use will be taught and practiced in order to prepare for several peak ascent possibilities. We will learn to honestly and objectively assess our team strengths to pick an objective. Once we choose a peak, we will work backwards through all the steps we need to do to get to the top. In that process we will learn basic expedition planning and choose several training and acclimatizing goals to get us ready for our big send! Students will complete this camp with a strong foundation in fundamental mountaineering skills including but not limited to: movement on snow and walking and climbing with crampons, snow and ice anchors, mixed terrain climbing, snow safety including use of ropes, avalanche basics, and alpine meteorology

Sample itinerary…

Day 1:   Arrive at Kent Mountain Adventure Center. Equipment issue. Equipment check. Rock climbing instruction in the afternoon. Camp at KMAC.

Day 2:   Intro to rock climbing at Jurassic Park

Day 3:   Snow school. Ice axe and crampon use. Rope safety and anchors

Day 4:   Rock and mixed climbing school. multipitch climbing techniques. Group discussion and choice of objectives with training plan

Day 5:  Alpine start! Time to put techniques to use. We will climb snow ice and rock to ascent one of the mighty peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. Magnificent views in all directions. Return to base camp. Dinner. Evening discussion.

Day 6:  Break camp. Hike out to trail head. Drive back to KMAC base camp. Celebration feast and showers!

Day 7:  Final group meetings. Pack up. Students depart KMAC 11:00am

 

 


Beginner Climbing Camp

Tuesday, June 23rdTuesday, June 30th 2020

1 Person–$1,680.00

(Ages:  12-17)

This camp is designed for those who have climbed some—maybe just in a gym—and want to experience the vertical world outside. We will spend a week sampling the various disciplines of rock climbing in the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas. We will begin with the fundamentals of climbing and establish safe habits and practices right off the bat to establish a background of lifelong safety in the vertical world. We will go bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, and practice many of the techniques it takes to climb slabs, cracks, and faces.

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.

Day 3:  Face climbing day

Day 4:  Crack climbing introduction: Lumpy ridge, RMNP

Day 5:  Bouldering: Chaos Canyon.

Day 6:  Multi-Pitch adventure: Pizbadille. Evening Celebration.

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


Intermediate Climbing Camp

Tuesday, June 30thTuesday, July 7th 2020

1 Person–$1,680.00

(Ages:  12-17)

Similar to the Beginner Camp, we will spend time in many different disciplines of rock climbing: sport, trad, bouldering, and multi-pitch. But this time we assume students have built some strength up back at their home climbing gyms. From this starting point we will have an intense week of climbing and learning. We will have lessons on a wide range of topics: movement on rock, analyzing protection, footwork, crack/face climbing technique, rope management, even some basic high-angle rescue. Students will come away from this week with a huge boost to their climbing resumes and a solid understanding of how to evaluate the risk of a climbing situation as taught by professional climbing guides. If all goes well, we will end the week by climbing a multi-pitch (climb taller than one rope length) route!

Depending on what students are most psyched on, we will sport climb, boulder, trad climb, multi-pitch, slackline, and even get a chance to develop new routes/problems.

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: Sport climbing at the famous Jurassic Park.

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

Day 4: Face climbing, multi-pitch routes.

Day 5: Piz Badille multi-pitch adventure.

       Day 6:  Bouldering/multi pitch/sport. Evening celebration.

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


Teen Bouldering Camp

Tuesday, July 7thTuesday, July 14th 2020

1 Person–$1,680.00

(Ages:  14 – 17)

Designed to take a background in gym bouldering to the outdoors! If you can send V3/V4 at your home gym you are qualified to check out the world-class bouldering of Rocky Mountain National Park with KMAC! Our guides will teach lessons about everything you need to know to boulder outdoors safely and with continual improvement for a lifetime of climbing. We will discuss: training, nutrition, route selection, proper spotting techniques, and a host of other topics. Students will take turns using guidebooks and topo maps to lead the group to problems then work together to come up with beta and send!

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.

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: Last chance to Send “projects”

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


Bouldering Masterclass

Tuesday, July 14thTuesday, July 21st 2020

1 Person–$1,680.00

(High School Age, strongly recommended)

This is an advanced course designed for students who climb all the time. While many students for these courses are on comp teams, this is not a requirement. We recommend that you can send V6 or harder in your home gym. We will spend a week getting to know the world-class bouldering of Chaos Canyon and other areas in Rocky Mountain National Park. You will get elite level coaching from Climb Strong coaches, Ken Klein and Carly Cain. Feedback and discussions will follow your sessions, as well as ‘bigger picture’ topics such as: injury prevention, advanced training techniques, nutrition, mindset training, climbing ethics, and more. Students will have the opportunity to work a project over multiple days, as well as get on boulders of varying levels. You will move through this week as a team, dedicated to everyone’s successes, ready to spot and get psyched together in this rugged alpine terrain.


Elite Climbing Camp

Tuesday, July 21stTuesday, July 28th 2020

1 Person–$1,680.00

(High School age strongly recommended)

The Elite Climbing Camp is designed for advanced climbers wanting to take their climbing to the next level. We recommend you can climb at least 5.12 in your local gym to attend. This course is staffed not only by AMGA trained guides but also by elite level coaches and trainers. We will spend our days sport climbing and bouldering at the premier venues of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park seeking your dream route. We will discuss then practice high level route selection and redpoint techniques. Students will leave with a solid understanding of how to train for, redpoint, and send the hardest climbs in the world (one day)!

This course is directed by TJ Sanford, a nationally recognized coach who, for the past 10 years, has worked with teams all over the country to build programs which have led many of his students to podium at Nationals. He is well suited to cross the bridge between traditional rock guiding and high level competitive team coaching.