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Kids Rock Climbing Camp

A group of kids hanging on the Tahoe Via Ferrata during a Kids Rock Climbing Camp in Lake Tahoe.
Kids climbing the Tahoe Via Ferrata during our 5-Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp in Lake Tahoe

Kids Rock Climbing Camp in Lake Tahoe

$900Per Climber
Introductory 5 days, 8 hours a day Lake Tahoe, CA
Our 5-Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp in Lake Tahoe is a great way to get your kids outside for a week of activity and climbing development, whether they are new to the sport or have years of experience. Throughout the week, your child will climb on the Tahoe Via in Olympic Valley and on Donner Summit, as well as participate in several activities including map and compass scavenger hunts, knot tying, educational hikes in Shirley Canyon, and more. The camp will run Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Drop-in days are available Monday and Tuesday for $300/day. Please call the office to book drop-in days.  
July 29 – Aug 2, 2024Ages 7-11
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Our 5-Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp is a great way to get your kids outside for a week of activity and climbing development, whether they are new to the sport or have years of experience. Throughout the week, your child will climb on the Tahoe Via in Olympic Valley and on Donner Summit, as well as participate in several activities including map and compass scavenger hunts, knot tying, educational hikes in Shirley Canyon, and more.
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Kids are natural-born climbers. Though many may have never tried the sport, often kids are immediately drawn to it.

Climbing presents both physical and mental challenges to kids, a combination that makes it as difficult as it is fun. Learning to climb is not simply about getting stronger—it will also test kids’ balance, technique, problem-solving skills, and ability to manage fear.

New climbers will learn the fundamentals of rope management, belaying and climbing technique, while experienced climbers will explore more difficult routes, advanced rope systems, and leading techniques.  All rock guides are AMGA-certified and medically trained as Wilderness First Responders at a minimum.

* If your child is under 3’11 and/or lighter than 88lbs, please give our office a call at 877-873-5376 or email us at info@alpenglowexpeditions.com after you book.

We will allow single day drop-ins on Mondays and Tuesdays for $300. Call the office to book single days.

Lake Tahoe Kids Summer Camp

NON-CLIMBING ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE
-Educational hikes in Shirley Canyon to learn about Geology, flora and fauna
-Rappelling school
-Scavenger hunts utilizing a map and compass
-Flower presses or painting in nature
-Knot tying and rope skills
-Weaving a rug out of old climbing ropes
-History hikes on Donner Summit
-Dips in the creek to cool off

WHAT TO BRING
-Kids will want to bring everything on the following list for their week of camp:
-Climbing harness, helmet, and climbing shoes (Available free of charge, just let us know when you book!)
-Outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the weather (check the forecast!) Here is a video of what to wear on the Tahoe Via, which will be very similar to a day of rock climbing.
-Close toed shoes that lace up or velcro, appropriate for hiking and climbing on the Via Ferrata
-Lunch, snacks and water for the day (at least one liter)
-Sun Protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a lightweight long-sleeve clothing if desired
-Swimwear and towel for dips in the creek
-A backpack to carry it all!

THE ALPENGLOW DIFFERENCE

Day 1
Tahoe Via Ferrata in Olympic Valley

Morning: kids will spend the morning climbing on our Tahoe Via Ferrata

Lunch: the group will take a nice break in a shady spot to enjoy lunch and rehydrate

Afternoon: kids will participate in a variety of activities that may include nature hikes, knot-tying, scavenger hunts, or arts & crafts.

Days 2, 3, & 5
Donner Summit Climbing and Activities

-Morning: kids will spend the morning climbing at Donner Summit and working on technical rope skills
-Lunch: the group will take a nice break in a shady spot to enjoy lunch and rehydrate
-Afternoon: Depending on the group dynamic, our guides will choose to make the second half of the day climbing-based or the group can explore some other activities that Donner Summit has to offer.
If the group is eager to climb, our guides may choose to test the kids on more difficult routes, teach more in-depth technical skills, or start to fine-tune climbing movement.
If the group wants to explore non-climbing activities- there’s plenty of fun to be had on Donner Summit. Kids can hike part of the PCT and learn about the history of the area, make wildflower presses, and more.

Day 4
Shirley Canyon Hike

Thursday (Day 4) is typically a good day for a bit of a rest. A hike in Shirley Canyon in Olympic Valley provides a good break from climbing, with lots of educational activities along the way. Plant identification, map & compass activities and knot tying.

Our Kids Camp Guides.

Meet who your kids will be rock climbing with in Lake Tahoe

Rock Climbing Kids Camp Questions

The answers to all of our most commonly asked questions about our kids summer camp in Lake Tahoe.
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