Full Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp

8 hours, 8am-4pm in / (Skill level: Introductory, Intermediate)

Price per person


About this trip

Summer vacation is upon us- how are you going to get your kids outside so they can expend some of their energy in a productive, healthy way? Send them to Alpenglow’s new Kids Rock Climbing Camp! Full and half-day options available.


  • skill level

    Introductory, Intermediate

  • Duration

    8 hours, 8am-4pm

If your kid is constantly climbing up trees, houses and anything else in sight.. why not get them climbing up rocks instead? We’ll have them safely roped-up and under the supervision of fully certified guides.

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 and problem-solving skills. Whether your kids are new to the sport or they have prior climbing experience, our climbing camps welcome kids of all skill levels.

Donner Summit is the ultimate outdoor playground. It’s a great place for kids to expand their climbing skills in a fun, safe environment. Sign your kids up for an exciting and educational day on the rocks with us.


  • Technical Experience

    We welcome kids of all skill levels. Just come with a good attitude and an open mind ready to learn!

    • Morning — Rock Climb

      Morning sessions meet at the Donner Summit Bridge at 8:00 am. Climbers will load up in the Alpenglow team van and catch a ride to the climbing crag. The morning session will last roughly 4 hours.

    • Lunch Break and Rest — Refuel

      12-1pm. After a few hours of climbing, the kids will welcome a nice lunch break in the shade. We'll head down to the Donner Summit Bridge Parking Lot so our half-day campers can get picked up.

      Full-day campers will take break an hour-long break to eat, rehydrate and play some games while they rest up for the afternoon session.

    • Afternoon Session — Rock Climb & Guide's Choice

      1pm-4pm. After the skills they've practiced during the morning session, climbers will be warmed up for a challenging afternoon session. Climbers will typically get to explore a new crag in the second half of the day.

      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 on the PCT, games, leadership skills, geology, botany,

      • Rock Shoes

      • Harness

      • Helmet

    • What will kids do at camp?

      • Spend time outside and expend some of that extra energy!
      • Have fun and meet new kids
      • Practice a lifestyle sport that they can continue do through adulthood
      • Develop new skills that demand responsibility and safety

    • Are there age requirements?

      We welcome kids ages 8 to 16 to our climbing camp. We can also accept kids younger or older in certain situations. For requests, please give our office a call at 877-873-5376 or email us at info@alpenglowexpeditions.com. We’ll help you plan the best rock climbing day for your kid, whatever age they are!

    • Is my kid strong enough to climb? My kid doesn’t have great upper body strength.

      One of the most common misconceptions about rock climbing is that your arms have to look like Popeye’s if you’re even going to consider doing it. This is absolutely not the case!

      Rock-climbing is truly a full-body sport. We like to remind folks that if you can hike, you can climb. As new climbers develop their skills, they will discover that technique and balance are actually more important than their arm strength. And hey, the more you climb- the stronger you’ll get (and the sooner you’ll look like Popeye).

    • Is it safe?

      While no outdoor adventure can be completely free of risk without losing the essence of the activity, hiring a professional guide is a fantastic way to manage and mitigate this risk. Activities like skiing and climbing have what we call “inherent risk”, which can be defined as a risk that cannot be completely mitigated by a professional. That is part of playing in the mountains, we encourage you to reach out to the office if you would like to discuss this in more detail.

    • What if I want to climb too? Can we climb as a family?

      Absolutely! Check out our Half Day Family Rock Climbing Trips and join your kids for a day of fun on the rocks!

    • What is the plan for lunch?

      We recommend that kids pack a lunch and bring plenty of water and snacks for the day. If you prefer to have our team arrange lunch,  just let us know a couple days in advance. We can arrange a sack lunch for kids for a $15 charge. Lunch includes a sandwich, cookie, and fruit. Let us know if your child has any allergies.

    • What should they bring? Can they rent gear?

      • We have rental helmets, harness and rock shoes available for no additional charge. Just let us know what size shoes and harness to bring in advance.
      • Sun Protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, lightweight long-sleeve clothing if desired
      • Lightweight wicking short-sleeve top and lightweight climbing shorts/pants
      • Windbreaker or raincoat- it can get breezy up on the summit
      • Camera, GoPro or smartphone
      • Plenty of water
      • Lunch (unless Alpenglow provided), plus fruit and snacks to nibble on in between climbs
      • Swim gear and towel for a jump in the lake afterward if desired
      • Bug spray if desired

    • What's your cancellation policy? What if it rains?

      1. We reserve the right to cancel any trip at any time. Reasons for cancellation might include (but are not limited to) natural disasters or inadequate enrollment. If we cancel a trip prior to its start for low enrollment, we fully refund your payments. If we cancel your trip prior to its start due to natural disasters or other reasons of that nature, we will refund all but non-recoverable costs. Changes to a trip itinerary made by our guides for any reason do not constitute a cancellation, and no refunds will be made in this case.

      2. If you cancel your trip more than 30 days prior to departure, Alpenglow Expeditions will refund your payment minus a 25% cancelation fee, or the option to rebook to another available date with 100% credit. Cancellations between 15 and 30 days prior to the course start, you may reschedule with a 25% rebooking fee. Inside of 15 days, there are no rebookings or refunds.

      3. On any trip, our guides reserve the right to remove any person, for any reason. These reasons generally stem from a person jeopardizing the safety of themselves or another team member. This includes a person who is not physically able to climb or ski/ride at the level necessary for the chosen objective. In all these cases, there are no refunds whatsoever, and the client will be responsible for any additional costs incurred in leaving the trip.

Ray Hughes

Ray is an IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide. His passion for the mountains ignited while growing up in Northern California, exploring the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, followed by years honing his mountain skills in Colorado and Switzerland. As one of our core guides, Ray brings the same excitement to guiding and instructing in Lake Tahoe as skiing and alpine guiding in Europe to expeditions anywhere in the world. Sharing experiences, culture, and beautiful places with others blurs the line between work and play.

He is an AIARE Avalanche Course Leader and an American Avalanche Association professional member. Ray also works as a snow safety consultant for professional winter sport athletes and photographers.

He was a 4 x All American in Track and Field and the 250th American to ever run the Mile under 4:00, but now enjoys being an average trail jogger.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Tim Dobbins

With notable first descents in the Alps, Tim Dobbins represents Alpenglow’s cutting edge guiding philosophy providing only the best guides for every trip and expedition.

Growing up in Oregon, Tim started out skiing at the young age of 4 years old. Tim grew up ski racing for 9 years before he moved on to backcountry skiing in Aspen, Colorado. He spent 4 years working as ski patrol at Snowmass Ski Resort.

Tim moved to Chamonix in the mid-’90s where he spent 6 seasons skiing and climbing while studying French. Tim says that Chamonix is where he really started learning how to ski tour, rock climb, ice climb and eventually began skiing the steepest lines he could find.

Examples of those steep lines were the North-East face of Les Courtes, Couloir Barbey from Aiguille D’Argentiere, Couloir Couturier from L’Aiguille Verte, Couloir du Diable on Mont Blanc du Tacul, East face of the Matterhorn and many, many others.

Tim has spent the last 10 years guiding and instructing in rock, ice, alpine, and skiing. He is an AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide, and lives on Donner Lake in Truckee with his wife Gisele, sweet daughter Manue and son Matisse.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Dave Nettle

Dave’s love for outdoor challenge, adventure and fun began early in his life with Boy Scout backpacking and mountaineering trips in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1972 he started his lifelong pursuit and joy of rock climbing with his first climbs deep in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, which remains his favorite mountain range to share and enjoy.

In 1975, at age 17 he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail solo from Mexico to Canada and the following year hiked the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico, sealing his passion for grand adventure and determination to accomplish what he sets out to do.

Dave’s underlying philosophy of living life fully and approaching the world of adventure travel and alpinism with “confident uncertainty” has led him to the mountain ranges of the world where his climbing accomplishments are just a part of what he values.  At the heart and soul of it all is the experience of interacting with, and learning from, the people, places and cultures along the way and sharing the challenge and beauty of wilderness with friends.

In addition to five decades of rock and alpine climbing which have included new routes and significant ascents throughout North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, Dave is an accomplished ski mountaineer who hangs up his climbing shoes each winter in favor of backcountry alpine ski touring and hut to hut ski tours in the European Alps.

Dave brings 15 years of technical Rope Access and Rescue Training experience to the team.  He has helped pioneer the use of Rope Access methods to complement traditional mountaineering based techniques to improve the safety and efficiency of ski lift, gondola, high angle and crevasse rescue procedures.  He has been a SPRAT certified Rope Access Level 3 Technician since 2002.

His blend of outdoor skills, professionalism and sense of humor make for memorable trips, not to mention epic slide show presentations which he loves to share with others. Dave is the founder of a free community slideshow series in the Tahoe area that has been ongoing since 1988 and continues to inform, entertain and inspire everyone to seek out and accomplish their dreams and goals. You can learn more about the Alpenglow Winter Film Series here.

Guide Certifications

Pete Fasoldt

Pete Fasoldt is an AMGA Rock Guide who is thrilled to call Donner Summit his “home crag”. Originally hailing from Maine, Pete has worked as a ski patroller, as the owner of a rock guiding outfit in Acadia National Park, and as a first mate on sail boats, traveling thousands of offshore miles, including a recent attempt at transiting the famed Northwest Passage. Pete has completed several ascents of El Capitan, including a one-day solo. He has established first ascents in several countries across the globe and has a particular love of hard to reach alpine granite objectives. In 2004 and 2006 Pete became certified as a Wilderness First Responder and an Outdoor Emergency Care technician, respectively. Pete has guided people of all different climbing abilities, all over the country, and brings patience, humor, and a deep love of the sport to each course he leads.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Chris Werner

During a decade of professional guiding, Chris has learned that sharing an adventure in the mountains is where many of the best rewards lie. He loves seeing the thrill of someone’s first successful climb outdoors. And he enjoys sharing the excitement of fresh powder turns during someone’s first backcountry ski descent.

In addition to his passion for wild places, Chris is known for his clear communication and calm, reassuring demeanor. He looks forward to climbing or skiing with people new to the mountain environment as much as with those looking to add to their existing skill set.

When not climbing up something or skiing down it, Chris runs his own professional photography studio. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Climbing, Backpacker, Outside, and the Adventure Journal.

Chris is an AMGA Rock Guide

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Glen Poulsen

A member of Squaw Valley’s pioneering founding family, Glen first ventured into the side and backcountry terrain surrounding Squaw Valley at the age of ten and has never looked back.  His forays into more remote parts of the Sierra Nevada led to numerous first descents and pioneering ski traverses throughout the range. After exploring mountains from Antarctica to the North Pole, Greenland and Spitsbergen,  Africa,  to the Andes, The Alps to Scandinavia,  Russia and China, The Himalaya, Central Asia, and Oceania, Glen always returns with a greater appreciation for his home in the “Range of Light”.  Whether its descents on skis or climbing alpine rock Glen has an intimate knowledge of the entire range. Whether It’s a local side country jaunt, a Sierra East side adventure, a hut tour in the alps or exploring new first descents in Greenland or Antarctica, Africa or the Andes, he can take you there. He has an AIARE Level 3 Avalanche and Wilderness First Responder certifications and has been an active Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team member.

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    Full Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp

Full Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp

Summer vacation is upon us- how are you going to get your kids outside so they can expend some of their energy in a productive, healthy way? Send them to Alpenglow’s new Kids Rock Climbing Camp! Full and half-day options available.