Rock Camp

ADVENTURE

“I got lots more climbing experience and was able to make good friends, instructors were awesome and we all had alot of great laughs, and good times. It was awesome!”
– Michael, MWS Rock Camp student

Expedition Overview

Dates: August 2 - 11, 2021
Age: 15 – 18 years old
Group size: max 8-10 students/2 instructors
Length: 10 days
Tuition: $2,300
10-day adventure through developing climbing techniques, leadership and outdoor skills in navigation, camping, backcountry cooking and teamwork.
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Expedition Highlights

  • Hiking in remote Montana mountains
  • Developing outdoor climbing techniques
  • Developing traditional climbing gear placement and multi-pitch climbing
  • Navigation, orienteering, and wilderness travel skills
  • Wilderness decision-making and communication skills
  • Experiencing abundant wildlife and ecosystems

Expedition Description

This is an introductory expedition to backcountry rock climbing. In addition to learning backpacking and camping skills, students will focus on developing outdoor climbing techniques including traditional climbing gear placement and multi-pitch climbing, and will have the opportunity to apply these skills to technical ascents. Students will also engage with MWS' core curriculum to expand their understanding of and connection to wild spaces This course is accessible to students who are new to rock climbing as well as those who have climbed indoors and are looking to transition their climbing skills to outdoor crags. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life.

Expedition Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Teamwork and communication skills

  • Learn positive communication skills with diverse group members to create a healthy community, build trust, and make sound decisions in the backcountry together
  • Develop an expedition philosophy, apply it to the course, and understand how it can transfer back to the student’s home environment

Safety and wilderness based decision making

  • Backcountry hazard evaluation and risk reduction guidelines and tools
  • First aid awareness for backcountry settings: identification and treatment of common backcountry illness and injuries
  • Learn to collaboratively make decisions in remote environments that prioritizes individual and group safety

Conservation Ethic

  • Use basic observational and interpretive skills to demonstrate an understanding and respect for the natural environment
  • Discuss the history, facts and potential solutions to pertinent environmental and social issues affecting the wilderness in the expedition area
  • Reflect upon and discuss the conveyance of wilderness conservation ethics into personal life and build a capacity for commitment and stewardship to wild places
  • Develop comprehensive understanding of Leave No Trace© ethics and apply them during the expedition

Backcountry camping and navigation skills

  • Use safe backcountry kitchen practices to cook nutritious meals on a camp stove or fire
  • Demonstrate an ability to select an appropriate campsite and set up a shelter while minimizing the impact on the ecosystem
  • Understand and demonstrate how to stay healthy, warm, and comfortable in the backcountry
  • Understand and demonstrate techniques for camping and traveling in bear habitat
  • Use various navigation and route-finding tools and methods for on and off trail travel
  • Travel efficiently in the alpine environment using map and compass skills

Technical Skills

Backpacking
  • Learn to properly pack and adjust a backpack
  • Become competent in backpacking in alpine environments
  • Travel off trail and discover unpopulated areas of the Montana wilderness
Climbing
  • Outdoor climbing techniques
  • Learn traditional climbing gear placement
  • Become competent in multi-pitch climbing
  • Opportunity to apply these skills to technical ascents
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Contact
Montana Wilderness School
P.O. Box 1183
Bozeman, MT 59771
406.388.4610
info@montanawildernessschool.org
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