July 22-July 25 – For ages 7-11, and all ability levels.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org after you book.
We will allow single day drop-ins on Mondays and Tuesdays. There is an option to select a single day when you click the “Book Now” button above. The single day rate is $300.
- 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.
Bring your favorite baseball hat for shelter from the sun. No white under the brim – the reflection off of it from the sun is blinding.
Recommended: Alpenglow Hat
Must have dark lenses. Minimal light should come in below, above, or around the sides of the lenses.“Wrap” style is best. Ventilation is important and a retainer strap is very useful (Chums or Croakies).
Recommended: Vaurnet Ice Rounds
Recommended: La Sportiva TX4
Recommended: La Sportiva TC Pro
Ultra-light base layer that effectively wicks moisture away from your body and is breathable. Quick-dry is important as well. One light-colored shirt is recommended for extremely sunny days.
Recommended Men’s: Black Diamond Lightwire Short Sleeve
Recommended Women’s: Black Diamond Lightwire Short Sleeve
Recommended: Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack
Two 1L Nalgene Bottles
Two 1 Liter Wide Mouth Nalgene bottles.
Recommended: Nalgene 1 L wide mouth
Rock climbing harness that has gear loops, adjustable leg loops and waist belts. We recommend a harness that does not require the belt loop to be “double backed”.
Recommended: Black Diamond Zone Harness
While the technical equipment needed for a specific objective and season varies, this basic kit is a great baseline. Your guide will bring gear for you to use during your course, but participants are encouraged to bring some or all of this if you own it or are interested in purchasing it.
1 Cordalette (6mm x 5m/16.4′)
4 locking carabiners
2 non-locking carabiners
1 double-length Dyneema sling
Small prusik loop (6mm x 112cm/44″)
Auto-blocking belay device (eg. ATC guide)
Micro Traxion or similar
An easily adjustable lightweight helmet that fits with hat and Balaclava. Make sure this is a climbing-specific helmet. *Climbing helmets are also available to rent (for our introductory climbing courses) at no charge from Alpenglow Expeditions on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Recommended: Black Diamond Vision Helmet – MIPS
Alpenglow was an amazing company to work with
Alpenglow was an amazing company to work with from booking to the actual rock climbing lesson. We purchased the half-day lesson on Donner Summit, and were blown away with the knowledge of our guide, Pete. Climbing can be an intimidating sport for people to try, but Pete’s positive and playful personality made the day very enjoyable. I highly recommend this company for anyone looking for a fun and challenging adventure to do solo, with friends or with your family!