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. (Backpacks provided. See below)
Summit Elevation: 11,922 ft
Base Camp Elevation: 9,600 ft
Trailhead Elevation: 10,500 ft
Summit Beta: Drive from base camp to trailhead for morning summit attempt
General Program Schedule:
Monday - Thursday: Double overnight starting on Tuesday. This will be a van-supported overnight with a mini-backpack into the group's base camp.
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.
Click below to view sample itinerary
Click pack for a packing list
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*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.