Summit Elevation: 12,312 ft (avg elevation)
Trailhead Elevation: 10,000 ft
Base Camp Elevation: 10,800 ft
Summit Beta: Double overnight backpacking trek into Wilson Meadows area.
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:
Monday - Thursday: Double backpacking
overnight on Tuesday
*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first day
of the program. Schedule subject to change.
*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.