Telluride is home to both mountains and mountaineers alike and for decades this magical valley has called many to make their journey upwards. It is said, that when climbing mountains “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” and that one should climb mountains “not so the world can see you but so you can see the world!” These alpine excursions will focus on an iconic Telluride peak, with the objective of an attempted summit. We’ll pack everything into our trekking packs and hike into our wilderness base camp for two nights of alpine adventure. Using Yvon Chouinard’s quote “HOW you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top” as a guide, students will receive thorough instruction on basic backpacking skills. From pre-trip planning, map reading and route finding, to setting up proper base camps, Leave No Trace ethics and understanding weather, aspiring mountaineers will immerse themselves in the magic, mystery and allure of mountain climbing.
General Program Schedule:
Monday - Thursday: Double overnight starting Tuesday
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.
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This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.
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All participants will receive Telluride Academy backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads while participating in this program! Gear will be used by instructors to teach proper packing techniques on the first day and will go home with students the night before their overnight backpacking trips. We ask that you bring an empty duffel bag on the morning of your overnights so your child's gear can be taken home easily at the end of the program.