Telluride is home to both mountains and mountaineers alike and for decades this magical valley has called many to make their journey upwards. It is said that when climbing mountains “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” and that one should climb mountains “not so the world can see you but so you can see the world!” This alpine excursion will focus on the self-supported exploration of the region’s wildflower meadows and majestic mountains. We’ll pack everything into our trekking packs and hike into our wilderness base camp for two nights of alpine adventure. Students will participate in workshops on basic backcountry skills. From pre-trip planning, map reading and route finding, to setting up proper base camps, Leave No Trace ethics and understanding weather, aspiring mountaineers will immerse themselves in the magic, mystery and allure of mountain climbing.
All participants will receive Telluride Academy backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads while participating in this program! Gear will be used by instructors to teach proper packing techniques on the first day and will go home with students the night before their overnight backpacking trips. We ask that you bring an empty duffel bag on the morning of your overnights so your child’s gear can be taken home easily at the end of the program.
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Monday – Thursday
Double overnight begins on Tuesday.