What age do I have to be to participate? All summer camps are for people ages 11 through 18. Group and privately guided trips are for ages 11 and up. Age exceptions can be made for parent-and-child trips.
What’s your participant-to-staff ratio? It never exceeds 4:1. Often it is 3:1.
How large is your group? Group size never exceeds 12.
What is the boy-to-girl ratio? Boy-to-girl ratio is usually one to one. There is always a female instructor present.
May I come with a friend? Most campers come knowing no one and leave with many friends. Friends are welcome, too!
Is this a competitive camp? NO WAY! We constantly downplay competition. We emphasize fun and challenge, and in no way do participants feel pressure to outperform each other. All members of the group find that they are always encouraging others and being encouraged by others. Our instructors also pride themselves on their ability to be extremely supportive, helping participant push themselves while having fun.
Do I need previous experience? Although we are not a competitive camp, we do require the following from campers: a great attitude towards climbing every day for many hours, an interest in outdoor climbing, a desire to learn more about outdoor climbing, some general climbing fitness, and a minimum indoor gym climbing ability of 5.10 top-roping and V2 bouldering.
I have a lot of climbing experience. Is that OK? Although our group climbs together, we accommodate ALL levels through 5.13 and V14. The climbing and bouldering at all the areas we go to is world-class and unbeatable. Please see the course descriptions for the technical skills taught.
I have a lot of bouldering experience. Will I be challenged? The bouldering areas we go to are challenging and technical, regardless of your ability. The countless problems range from moderate to Sharma-stumpers (in other words, done only by a handful of people in the world).
Where do your summer camps take place? Our High Sierra Climbing Camps and East Side Mega-Crankin' Bouldering Camp take place at a number of different climbing and bouldering areas on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Mammoth Lakes, California.
How much gear do I need? We supply all technical gear for all camps; however, YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN CLIMBING SHOES TO ALL CLIMBING AND BOULDERING CAMPS. For High Sierra Climbing Camps, we provide a helmet, harness, belay device, and crash pads. For the East Side Mega-Crankin' Bouldering Camp, we provide a helmet and crash pads. If you have your own helmet and/or harness, you may bring these and use them after our inspection. Your Welcome Packet includes a detailed packing list.
How much camping gear do I need? We provide spacious tents. You need to bring a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a pillow, clothing, toiletries, etc. The Welcome Packet has a detailed packing list.