Summit County, Colorado
ROCK CLIMBING - RAFTING - BACKPACKING - PADDLEBOARDING
You will be backpacking in the Gore (Nuchu) Range of Summit County before going rock climbing and whitewater rafting. This 12-day program allows you to gain outdoor living skills and develop a unique perspective on backcountry leadership. This adventure also allows you to develop your outdoor rock climbing skills which includes basic climbing and rope management skills. On the last day you will celebrate your journey with a whitewater rafting trip as you float down Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River.
Activities & Skills
During our backpacking trip we will attempt to summit a nearby mountain peak! Backpacking involves carrying everything needed on your back— including clothes, tent, sleeping bag, and food-- to thrive for multiple days in the wilderness. The challenge is felt literally on your shoulders, while the reward of cooking in the backcountry with your friends, sleeping in your tent with the sounds of nature, and getting away from modern amenities is immeasurable.
Rock climbing is the art or moving up or along natural rock formations with the use of specialized gear. It can be both physically and mentally demanding as it requires both endurance and agility to overcome the obstacles and puzzles that the climbing path presents. With safety systems in place, rock climbing is a fun and rewarding sport that is as difficult as you want it to be, and as safe as any other outdoor activity.
At the end of the trip we'll raft down Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River. With the help and direction of professional guides, a group navigates the moving water in an inflatable raft— usually around 6 to a group. Depending on the age of the participants and amount of spring runoff, we will choose different sections of river.
A fun way to explore and play on the water paddleboarding is an increasingly popular adventure sport. Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUPing, is an outdoor aquatic activity that involves standing on a long surfboard and using a paddle to navigate and move around the lake, or down the lazy river. It’s very easy to learn and it’s also a great workout!
First & Last Day
On the first day we'll meet at Keystone Science School's campus, get checked in and meet the rest of our group at the Trip Briefing. We'll go over our gear list and make sure our packs are ready. Then we'll load up the van and head to our Adventure location, usually an hour or more of travel. Once we get to our location, we'll learn some of the basics of the activities to follow, like gear, basic climbing systems or river safety. Then we'll cook dinner and have our first Evening Meeting as we get to know each other.
On the final day after activities are done, we'll head back to KSS, and have our Pin Ceremony where we award campers for their acheivements.
Schedule and duration of activities are subject to change.
Backpacking or Basecamping?
This Adventure Utilizes both Basecamping & Backpacking
This Adventure utilizes both backpacking in the Summit County mountains for 5 days, and basecamping the other half of the trip for our climbing, paddleboarding and rafting days.
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