Half Day Kids Rock Climbing Camp

4 hours, 8am-12pm in / (Skill level: Any, Introductory)

Price per person

$150.00

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! Half and full-day options available.

Overview

  • skill level

    Any, Introductory

  • Duration

    4 hours, 8am-12pm

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.

Preparation

  • 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 8:00am and last roughly 4 hours.

      • 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?

      We are proud to say that all of our guides are AMGA certified rock guides with Wilderness First Responder/CPR certifications. Our staff is continually training on the latest and greatest safety protocol and procedures. Our team is well-equipment with the knowledge and experience to keep your loved ones safe while they are at camp.

      We intentionally keep our guide-to-student ratios are very small (max 1:4)- ensuring that kids are under strong supervision at all times.

    • 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’s 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. The lure of bigger objectives led him to travel throughout Western Canada, Iceland, and the European Alps. Sharing experiences, culture, and beautiful places with others blurs the line between work and play.

Ray is an AMGA Certified Ski and Alpine Guide, an AIARE Avalanche Course Leader and an American Avalanche Association professional member. He is an Ambassador for Backcountry Access, as well 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 Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide

Jarad Stiles

Jarad is a Tahoe native. A love for wild places is instilled in his nature. In 2009, he completed his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification and completed the Rock Guide course in Smith Rocks in 2015.

Jarad is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and has worked as a Rock Climbing Guide on Donner Summit for 8 years. Recently, he has found a new home in Joshua Tree, California, teaching rock climbing during the winter months. Climbing in Yosemite Valley honed his craft and forged his bond with the Big Stone. Multiple accents of El Cap, Half Dome, The Leaning Tower, and Washington Column (in a day) have led the way to Jarad’s success in the mountains.

Jarad, his lovely wife Dana, and their adorable puppy, Ruca embody the California spirit by chasing long days in the sun and living comfortably in balance with nature.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

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 Certified Rock Guide

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Rock 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 90’s where he spent 6 seasons skiing and climbing while studying French. Tim says that Chamonix is where he really started leaning 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 recently spent the last 8 years guiding and instructing in rock, ice, alpine and skiing as well as becoming an IFMGA aspirant mountain guide, an AMGA certified ski guide and AIARE level 1 course leader. He lives on Donner Lake in Truckee with his wife Gisele and sweet daughter Manu. 

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide

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