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Ages: 12 - 14
Dates: August 1 - 4
Tuition: $990
Overnights: 2

Challenge Level:  

Learn to survive in the most primitive environment with our talented Telluride Academy backcountry specialists. This immersive week-long adventure of high-alpine, off-the-grid living will include workshops on safe mountain travel, navigation, foraging, fire starting, shelter building and more. Accessed by a short trek into the backcountry, students will live in the massive mountain lodge of High Camp Hut. This alpine campus is fully equipped with a kitchen, lounging areas, wood burning stove and cozy sleeping quarters! From our base at High Camp, we’ll trek through dense forests and into grand, rolling meadows where we can practice our survival skills far from any signs of civilization. Students will be given survival scenarios that they will work through both as a team and through friendly competition. On  our final evening, students will put their survival skills to the test in the ultimate game of SURVIVOR, followed by a relaxing celebration in the outdoor, wood-burning hot tub.  You will leave this week equipped with all the skills you need to survive in the remote and rugged wilderness!

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.

Please click here to read our overnight policy.

*Students are required to provide a proper trekking backpack for this program.

A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.
Click below to view sample itinerary

This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.

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Important Notes: This is a great intro backpacking program! The trail to High Camp is two-miles with moderate grade. Students should feel comfortable hiking this trail with some weight on their backs. High Camp sits at over 11,000 feet. We recommend arriving to Telluride a few days early for any student prone to altitude sickness.