Expedition Rock Climbing Colorado - 7th to 8th - Expedition

Our weeklong expedition in Colorado’s Staunton State Park is built for 7th – 8th graders with climbing experience* excited about advancing their skills in authentic settings. Immersed in the park’s natural beauty—lush meadows, alpine forests, pristine ponds, soaring cliffs—campers will spend their days climbing and their nights camping under the stars.

In a group of no more than 13 campers and up to three experienced staffers, climbers will explore a range of Staunton’s engaging, challenging routes. They’ll break into small climbing teams to get comfortable with their equipment, practice climbing and bouldering techniques and try out different roles within their team. They’ll also build camping skills as they learn the basics of cooking and sleeping outdoors—and take a day away from climbing to raft through Clear Creek Canyon.

It’s a week of authentic adventure at its best, one that leaves campers with solid skills, lasting friendships and a renewed appreciation for being active outdoors.

* While beginning rock climbers are welcome, participants must have some experience with climbing basics and should be excited to spend 4-6 hours rock climbing each day. Campers will likely be divided up by experience level during climbs.

* Departure and pick up are in Louisville, CO.


Camp Length One Week
Price $1,405

Add Ons Price
DEN Airport Camp Shuttle $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Sleeping Bag and Pads To minimize Covid risks we
are not offering these in 2021.



Entering 7th-8th


1-Week Session
Sunday Check-In, 10:00 AM
Friday Check-Out, 3:00 PM

The Week's Adventures

Climbing & Bouldering Technique

Equipment Practice

White Water Rafting



Campers will take on a range of rock types, styles and levels of difficulty in stunning natural settings as they explore Staunton’s knobs, domes and cliffs for an exciting 4-6 hours per day. They will get familiar with all climbing equipment and learn new techniques like flagging a big move, smearing a slab, mastering a crack and heel hooking an arête.

Campers will get comfortable with their climbing equipment—carabiners, stoppers, camalots and belay devices—as they practice anchor setup, review traditional gear placement, identify natural anchors, set up new ones and advance their knot knowledge. 

On rafting day, we work with a local licensed raft company to take campers for a trip through nearby Clear Creek Canyon. On their rafts, they’ll practice working together and paddling through rapids.

These climbers get to set up their home base camp in Staunton, the same park they get to climb in! They are responsible for their campsite home base, setting up and storing their gear and supplies as they eat, sleep and adventure outdoors. They’ll also take turns planning and cooking meals on a camping stove to feed the rest of the group.

As they interact with their expedition-mates during the week—playing games, hanging out during downtime—campers will practice important interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork.

7 AM
Rise and shine!
7:15 AM
Morning Circle
7:30 AM
8:15 AM
Self & Group Care
9 AM
Adventure #1
12:45 PM
Siesta! & Relax
1:30 PM
Adventure #2 (or continuation of #1)
4:30 PM
Daily Debrief
5 PM
Hang Out & Bond
5:45 PM
Evening Circle
6:00 PM
6:45 PM
"Free Choice"
7:45 PM
Evening Activity & Campfire Chats
9:00 PM
Tent Time / Bedtime

Expedition Pre-Camp Guide

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While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.