Peak Project

Ages: 10 - 11

Dates: Aug 6 - 9

Tuition: $550
Overnights: 2

Challenge Level:  

Telluride is home to both mountain and mountaineer 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 you should climb mountains “not so the world can see you but so you can see the world!” New this summer are the Academy’s Peak Project adventures. These week-long alpine excursions will focus on an iconic Telluride peak, with the objective of an attempted summit. Using Yvon Chouinard’s quote “HOW you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top” as our guide, students will receive thorough instruction on basic mountaineering 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.

Monday - Thursday: Double Overnight backpacking

trip begins on Tuesday


*Students are required to supply themselves with a backpack for their backcountry overnights. Packs can be rented or purchased using the link on the right. ​​

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first day
of the program. Schedule subject to change.



Click pack for a packing list
Rent or purchase discounted gear 
General Program Schedule:
Click below for a sample itinerary:
Peak Project
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