Ropes & Rapids
2022 Summer Adventure
Dates: June 27-July 2
Duration: 6 Days
Grades Entering: 6th-8th
A true multi-sport adventure, you will base camp in the Upper Arkansas River Valley with its stunning views of the nearby Collegiate Peaks. Each day you will set out from base camp to rock climb, raft the whitewater on the Arkansas River, or test your limits as you complete a challenge hike to the summit of a nearby mountain. This program is unique from other KSS Adventures because you will be base camping in a larger group creating opportunities for large group activities in the evenings before splitting into smaller adventure groups each day.
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.
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.
The thrill of exploration can be felt as the group paddles the river together. 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. We have over 40 years of experience working with rafting companies and running Colorado rivers, and we monitor the river levels on a daily basis.