Gunnison River Multisport
2022 Summer Adventure
Dates: June 20-July 1
Duration: 12 Days
Grades Entering: 9th-11th
Featuring the beautiful wilderness along the Gunnison river, this 12-day trip will explore the river by canoe before heading higher on the canyon walls and gaining technical rock climbing skills. On this adventure you will build both canoeing and camping skills while viewing ancient petroglyphs and venturing through incredible canyons. After leaving the river valley, you will focus on developing your technical rock climbing skills and techniques. As you hone your skills you will be able to challenge yourself on more difficult climbs and test your limits. This trip will also include a trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park!
Skills & Leadership
Students with any experience level will find growth and challenge. This Adventure is designed to expose students to new outdoor and wilderness skills while learning how leadership can be applied to their life beyond. Mentorship is an important aspect of an Adventure. Every student will be provided individual coaching to further their skills.
Outdoor Living & Cooking
Each Adventure offers hands-on opportunities to learn how to travel in the backcountry, practice outdoor living skills such as Leave No Trace, hanging a bear bag, and map reading. Students will also learn the ins and outs of backcountry cooking. Armed with a camp stove, spice kits, and basic pot set you will take a turn preparing meals for the group. We will provide ingredients to meet the needs of any dietary restriction.
Base camping allows us to set up tents and kitchen in one area which serves as a jumping-off point for multiple adventure activities. When we are base camping, we are only carrying with us what we need for that specific day and we are sleeping in an established campground next to or near our van. Base camping often means access to pit toilets or even bathrooms with running potable water. Because we don’t need to carry everything with us, our kitchen can be bigger with more supplies— like a double-burner propane stove, pots and pans, and access to picnic tables.
Canyoneering is equal parts hiking, climbing, geology lesson, and navigation challenge. The unique red rock desert landscape presents unique challenges and breathtaking experiences. Along the winding canyon paths, we will learn climbing and rappelling techniques, knot-tying skills, and learn to interpret the difficult terrain with a map and compass— all while feeling connected to the prehistoric past that this environment presents. Getting from point A to point B can be a unique and difficult challenge in canyon country. We will have helmets, harnesses, and rope systems to aid us in our exploration— which will include equal parts hiking, climbing, and scrambling.
Rock climbing is the art or moving up or along natural rock formations with the use of specialized gear— like sticky-rubber climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes, and anchors. It’s 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. A rock climber is tethered through an anchor to a belayer— someone who is holding taut the other end of the rope. 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.
Hiking on trail presents the perfect opportunity to slowly and quietly take in the beauty and wonder of our natural environment. Along the way, we will focus on map reading and compass skills, hiking etiquette, and leave no trace principles. We might stop to observe wildlife, or look closely at the different rock types— around every bend of the trail is a new vista, a new memory, and a new learning opportunity. Take one step at a time—a valuable life lesson—as each trail presents its own unique challenges to overcome.
Canoeing involves sitting upright in a narrow open boat while navigating the water with a single ore. We will learn to interpret the river current, practice paddling skills and beach our craft to explore secluded wilderness areas inaccessible by other means. One can’t help but feel like an explorer while drifting down the river, gazing upon wildlife, and basking in the sounds and smells of the nature around us.