Young Explorer Advanced Climbing and Adventure Overnight Camp
rock climbing · challenge course • rappelling · belaying · hiking
Ages 9 - 12
Five days of vertical fun, challenge and learning. This camp is for the young explorer who has taken an interest in rock climbing and likes to get off the ground. The activities are focused on rock climbing and ropes courses. After learning and practicing basic skills such as knots and belay safety systems campers get to experience the excitement and challenge of high ropes course activities such as the Burma Bridge, Catwalk and Wild Woosey. Then it's on to the striking granite cliffs of Acadia and Clifton to climb on real rock. Days will be spent learning climbing skills, rappelling and the importance of assessing and understanding risk while having a ton of fun. Emphasis will be on individual, partner and group safety throughout the week. When the body tires of climbing there will be time for swimming, hiking and learning important outdoor skills such as plant recognition and map and compass craft. Overnight campers will share in camp tasks such as setting up tents, cooking and cleaning and then have evenings free for active fun and spinning campfire tales. A great week of focused climbing activity that is sure to raise your climbing skill level in a major way. No previous experience is necessary. Climbing gear is provided. Click Here for a Day option. Limit: 10.
Session 1 - Acadia / Bangor: August 6 - 10
Day 1: Get to know you games, high ropes course, intro to rope skills.
Day 2: Rock climbing on the coast. More knots and improvised harness making.
Day 3: Bubble Rock climbing rappelling and hiking.
Day 4: Bouldering at Sand Beach, swimming, natural anchors, first aid skills.
Day 5: Sea cliff climbing, tyrolean rope traverse.
WHERE DO THEY CAMP
Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds (ie Sea Wall CG in Acadia National Park, Lamoine State Park, Park’s Pond Campground) or on camp property on Graham Lake in Ellsworth depending on the itinerary, group size and site availability.
Overnight campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals. Vegetarian options are available. Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side.
MEETING / PICK UP LOCATIONS FOR OVERNIGHT CLIMBING CAMP
These camps meet on the first day at Alpenglow Adventure Sports / Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School at 92 Main St. (Route 2), Orono, ME. Meeting time on the first day is 7:45a.m. Pick up will be at the same location at 5:30 p.m. on the final day.
EQUIPMENT LIST FOR OVERNIGHT CLIMBING CAMP
__ Day pack – appx 30L (1800 ci)
__ Backpack or duffel bag large enough to hold your gear
__ 20 - 30 degree sleeping bag
__ 72” x 24” ground pad or inflatable pad
__ 2 one-quart water bottles
__ Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
__ Insulating inner layer of clothing
__ Insulating middle layer of clothing
__ Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
__ Warm socks (wool)
__ Shorts and tee shirts
__ Rain jacket and pants
__ Swimsuit and towel
__ Headlamp or flashlight
__ Journaling supplies
__ Sunscreen / lip balm
__ Insect repellent
__ Unbreakable cup, bowl, spoon and fork
__ Toilet kit (toothbrush, comb, etc)
__ Camera if you want