Ajax Peak

Summit Elevation: 12,785 ft

Trailhead Elevation: 9,800 ft
Base Camp Elevation: 11,600 ft - 11,800 ft
Summit Beta: Double overnight backpacking trek into Ingram Basin area. 

Peak Project

Ages: 10-12

Dates: July 17 - 20

Tuition: $490
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.
General Program Schedule:
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Week 1:
Monday - Thursday:
Double Overnight backpacking

trip begins on Tuesday



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



Rent or purchase discounted gear 
*NEW! 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 week.