Who’s it for? A climber age 13-18. Someone just getting into rock climbing or just starting to progress their skills.
What do we learn? Climbing movement and basic top rope set ups.
Where do we go? Acadia National Park
Location: Acadia National Park
RockPro I Teen Rock Climbing Camp is for teens who want to rock climb and explore the mountains and coastal cliffs of Acadia. The course is appropriate for those who are excited to learn but new to climbing or who have some climbing experience such as at a climbing gym or perhaps outside a few times.
Campers will begin roped climbing right away on day 1 while being belayed by skilled instructors.Campers will also learn the how to’s of belaying and rappelling. After gaining comfort on easier climbs, campers will have plenty of opportunity to challenge themselves on a variety of routes throughout the week and work on improving their techniques for climbing slabs, faces and cracks. As the week progresses, participants will learn important knots and how to belay their peers.
Taking a break from vertical climbing for a day or two during the week, RockPro I participants will also get to hike to a variety of mountain summits in Acadia National Park.
The Acadia Mountain Guides camp curriculum is laid out to allow you time to really learn and develop the skills needed to be a smart and competent climber. We believe that building a solid foundation of basic climbing skills is critically important to the development of young climbers and their appreciation and understanding of climbing. And of course this also translates into taking responsibility for your peers and learning to trust others in all aspects of life.
SAMPLE ROCKPRO I GENERAL ITINERARY
Day 1: Clifton Crags: Introductory activities, introduction to climbing equipment, refine basic skills such as harness and knots, principles of climbing movement, and top roping skills on low angled rock slabs. Camp at Parks Pond Campground.
Day 2: Clifton Crags: Face and crack climbing with an emphasis on balance, body awareness, weight transfer; introduction to rappelling. Camp at Parks Pond Campground.
Day 3: Hike to summit of one of Acadia National Park’s open summits. Camp at Bar Harbor Campground.
Day 4 – 5: Acadia National Park: Climbing on the coast of Maine with an emphasis on technique improvement. Camp at Bar Harbor Campground.
Day 6: Acadia National Park: Otter Cliff, sea cliff climbing ,build and traverse a rope “zip line” bridge. Camp at Bar Harbor Campground.
Day 7: Return to Orono base and travel home or rest up for the next week of camp.
We like to give our campers opportunity to decide on camp activities. Typically we spend at least two thirds of each day climbing and the remainder doing activities such as swimming, hiking, bouldering, etc. as desired by the group. It is our goal to send RockPro I campers home with basic technical competencies, an understanding of safe climbing techniques and a greater desire to climb more.
Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds such as Bar Harbor Campground and Park’s Pond Campground. Campgrounds have a bath and shower facilities.
Campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side, etc.
- All meals and snacks
- Transportation during camp
- 24 hour supervision by experienced camp staff with wilderness medicine training
- All necessary technical equipment (belay devices, harness, shoes, helmet, rope, etc.)
- PCIA or AMGA certified instructors.
Drop off/Pick up location for Rock Pro I
Meets at Alpenglow Adventure Sports / Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School at 92 Main St. (Route 2), Orono, ME, unless otherwise announced. Meeting time on the first day (Sunday) is 11:00 a.m. Pick up will be at the same location at 11:00 a.m. on the final day (Saturday).