Approximate Ages 15-17
Mountaineering introduces young people to the magic of the mountains and rivers, teaching them to respect the environment under safe and controlled conditions. Heightened self-esteem and confidence are important benefits of the experience, but campers also learn that each individual's input and effort are crucial for the group's success.
Campers begin their session learning the skills that will be important throughout the adventure, then its off for an exciting day of rock-climbing and kayaking. The group then turns on their headlamps to explore the rooms and underground streams of Fulford cave. The voyage continues with a 5-days backpacking along the continental divide in the Zirkel Wilderness. Campers will sleep near spectacular high mountain lakes and streams, pass over Lost Ranger Peak, and finish there trip with a Tyrolean Traverse over the breathtaking Gold Creek Falls.
Mountaineering Intro is lead by experienced and competent instructors who possess advanced wilderness skills, a love for the mountains and a commitment to providing a safe, fun experience for young people. Groups consist of 2 or 3 wilderness instructors and between 6 and 9 campers.