Kids are natural-born climbers, even many of whom have never tried the sport are immediately drawn to it. Climbing presents both physical and mental challenge 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 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 will be $195.
The first few days of camp will start in beautiful Olympic Valley, CA with climbing on the Tahoe Via Ferrata, top roping on 5.2-5.8 climbs on the Tram Face, and fun & educational activities in Shirley Canyon.
The second half of camp will include climbing and other engaging activities on Donner Summit, the ultimate outdoor playground. It’s a great place for kids to expand their climbing skills in a fun, safe environment, with a huge variety of routes from 5.2 to 5.12.
Each day’s activities will be tailored to the age and ability/experience of the kids- as well as their interests and motivations. If they’re eager to climb more, our guides may choose to test them on more difficult routes, teach more in-depth technical skills, or start to fine-tune climbing movement.
If they’re a little worn out, we will utilize other activities that we have prepared to keep them engaged and having fun – from art projects to playing in the creek, and nature hikes to map and compass skills. We want to create an appropriately challenging experience that keeps kids hungry for more outdoor adventure, and fosters personal discovery.
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!