All-Girls Climbing - June 22-27
This week-long expedition is designed for girls, aged 11-14, to learn technical rock climbing skills and techniques with female mentors and instructors. We will begin the week at the KSS campus with a group orientation and gear preparation before heading west toward the Roaring Fork Valley and Rifle area to climb on the world-class limestone. The initial focus will be on movement technique, before learning rope and anchor systems.
The goal at the end of the week will be for each girl, under the supervision of our guides, to build their own anchor and rappel off of the anchor. According to the National Education Association, “Girls who learn in all-girl environments are believed to be more comfortable responding to questions and sharing their opinions…” As an organization, we’ve seen girls flourish and open up during our Girls in STEM and all-female expedition programs.
Students with any experience level will find growth and challenge in this program. This expedition is designed to expose students to new outdoor and wilderness skills while learning how leadership can be applied to their life beyond this expedition. Mentorship is an important aspect of an expedition. Every student will be provided individual coaching to further their skills.
The western slope of Colorado provides a transitional environment where the desert of red rock, pinon pines, and junipers further west meets the higher alpine environment of the Rocky Mountains. The riparian mountain canyons in the Rifle area offer some of the best limestone sport climbing. The Colorado River snakes through the valley and provides for the surrounding ranches.
Rock climbing is the art or moving up or along natural rock formations with the use of specialized gear— like sticky-rubber climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes, and anchors. It’s can be both physically and mentally demanding as it requires both endurance and agility to overcome the obstacles and puzzles that the climbing path presents. A rock climber is tethered through an anchor to a belayer— someone who is holding taut the other end of the rope. With safety systems in place, rock climbing is a fun and rewarding sport that is as difficult as you want it to be, and as safe as any other outdoor activity.
Arrival & Departure Options
KSS Drop-off and Pick-Up
- Drop Off: 10am
- Pick Up: 1pm (Expedition Farewell)
Morrison Drop-off and Pick-Up
Meet Keystone Science School counselors at the T-Rex Park and Ride in Morrison. Be sure to select the Morrison Drop-Off and Pick-Up within the registration options.
- Fee: $45 (Each Way)
- Drop Off: 10:00am-10:30am
- Pick Up: 1pm-1:30pm
DEN Airport Arrival and Departure
Travel by plane to Denver International Airport. We’ll be sure they are greeted by a KSS Counselor when they get off the plane. We send our counselors behind the TSA security checkpoints to greet each child directly at the airline gate. Be sure to check the arrival or departure option within the registration and book your camper’s travel to arrive and depart within the specified time windows.
- Fee: $80 (Each Way)
- Arrival: DEN between 7:00am-9:00am
- Departure: DEN between 2:00pm-4:00pm
Keystone Science School is American Camp Association Accredited