Youth Rock Climbing Expedition
August 3-6, 2020
Join us August 3-6, 2020 for our Youth Rock Climbing Expedition. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, participants will learn the fundamentals of Rock Climbing–movement, technique, how to support each other, and practice rock site awareness and safety. But, this trip is designed to go a little deeper than our Beginner Day Trips, challenging our students to a greater degree. Throughout this experience, we will get into some advanced climbing skills such as anchor building, using trad gear and attempt some harder climbs. In addition to rock climbing, students will be immersed in a backcountry camping and backpacking experience. This includes camping under a sky full of stars for three nights, learning how to cook, travel and camp in the backcountry of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Our Intermediate Youth Rock Climbing Expedition is for youth ages 13-17. If you are looking for a less intensive experience, check out our Beginner Youth Rock Climbing Trips. Youth are welcome to join us for both camps to get the full experience. Youth of all levels of experience are welcome at both camps, our instructors will walk you through what you need to know regardless of your knowledge of climbing.
Day 1: Introductions, Gear Pack, Establish Camp
Participants will arrive in Bass Lake at the Summit Adventure base, where instructors will facilitate group introductions. The morning will entail checking gear and packing up for the days ahead. After a hearty lunch, we will drive to the trailhead where we will backpack to our basecamp location. We will set up camp, and return to this location each night.
Day 2: Support School, Anchor Building and Climbing Safety
After a short hike to climbing areas ‘The Muffin’ or ‘Genesis Wall,’ Summit Adventure instructors will refresh the group on support school and how to climb safely. We will climb most of the day, with an introduction on how to build a climbing anchor after lunch.
Day 3: More Climbing! Afternoon Swim at Lower Jackass Lake
This morning will be an opportunity for students to push the limits and try some more difficult climbs at a new crag. In the afternoon we will have the option to hike to Jackass Lake for a swim, or just keep climbing.
Day 4: Morning Rappel, Skills Review, Pack-up Camp
In the morning participants will learn another important skill of rock climbing with a 150ft overhanging rappel of ‘The Prow.’ We’ll then have a chance to review what we learned throughout the course before we pack up camp and depart back to Summit Adventure.