Instructed by American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) certified climbing guides, our rock climbing club is a student favorite.
Rock Climbing participants will challenge the granite slabs, crags, and pitches of Donner Summit. We offer two distinct Rock Climbing Clubs differentiated by age an approach. Participants will spend each outing climbing vertically on 5.0 to 5.10 rated ascents (see interpretive scale here). Most climbs are top rope, meaning campers are protected by a rope anchored from above and belayed from the ground.
Rock Climbing Club Details
Who: This offering is designed for beginner to advanced climbers/students. We offer two distinct Rock Climbing Clubs differentiated by age.
- Lower School Rock Climbing Club for 2nd-4th Graders
- High School Rock Climbing Club is for 9th-12th-Graders.
When: September – early October. Use the registration link below to see dates and times for this offering.
Where: Most climbs will take place on world-famous Donner Summit high above Truckee, CA.
Equipment: Tahoe Expedition Academy provides climbing helmets, shoes, harnesses, ropes, carabiners and more. Please wear climbing appropriate clothing and dress for the weather. Bring a water bottle, snack, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses for each outing as well.
Types of Climbs: Participants will learn to scramble and boulder as well as climb. Participants will spend sessions climbing vertically on 5.0 to 5.10 rated ascents. Most climbs are top rope, meaning participants are protected by a rope anchored from above and belayed from the ground.
Climbing Equipment: Tahoe Expedition Academy provides climbing helmets, shoes, harnesses, ropes, carabiners and more.
Capacity: Limited to 10 participants per group.
- LS Rock Climbing Club price is $400.00.
- HS Rock Climbing Club price is $300.00.
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Beginner Participants: Will learn basic climbing and scramble techniques like:
Legs – Your legs are the strongest part of your body, use them more than your arms to climb with more ease and coordination
Hang – Extend your arms straight so your body weight hangs on your skeleton rather than your biceps and lat muscles. Conserving energy for the rest of the route is the best approach!
Trust Your Climbing Shoes – These rubber soles are incredibly grippy, sometimes it takes a while to realize just how useful this can be. Trust your foot placements by pressuring into the rock and standing up – use that grip!
Advanced Participants: Will refine climbing basics and learn more advanced techniques like:
Refine the Basics – Refine the above techniques on more difficult climbs.
Learn to Belay and Mange Rope – Assisted by AMGA guides, campers may learn to belay and manage safe rope lengths.
Knots – Everyone will learn to tie knots, especially how to check a knots – the figure eight with a loop is the knot used most.
Deeper Learning – Learn to double-check equipment, ropes, helmets, shoes and the like. Understand the difference between static and dynamic rope, when should one be used over the other? And more!