The Rock Camp Expedition offers students entering grades 11 - graduating seniors a chance to dive deep into the world of outdoor climbing. While no climbing experience is necessary, this course will be particularly valuable to students who have tried rock climbing or have been climbing in a gym and want to start exploring the sport more seriously. Students will travel together to a unique wilderness climbing location, where they will have 8 days to learn essential climbing skills from a team of experienced instructors - setting up secure rock sites, moving well on the rock, lowering and rappelling techniques (and when to use them), and best practices for belaying and communicating with a partner in a ‘top rope setting.
Combining backpacking and climbing, the group will travel between several different remote rock sites ideal for practicing specific skills. During the evenings, the expedition team will come together at camp to prepare nutritious meals, and the instructor team will engage the group with lessons on Leave No Trace® land stewardship principles, camp craft, wild ecology, Native Peoples & Public lands histories, and leadership development. Each student will have multiple opportunities to lead the group as the Expedition Leader of the Day to gain experience with newly acquired leadership skills. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression, check out Expedition Life.