RockPro III – Teen Sport Rock Climbing Camp


  Who’s it for? A climber age 13-18.Climbers looking to learn about sport climbing or transitioning for gym to crag. Should be capable of climbing 5.9 routes.

  What do we learn? Introduction to lead climbing on bolt protected routes, focus on improving climbing techniques in steep climbs, transition from climbing to descending from fixed anchors. Led by AMGA Rock Guide course graduate or higher level.

  Where do we go? We have a trip to each Kamouraska, Quebec and Rhumney, NH.

Ages: 13-18

Location: Kamouraska, Quebec and Rumney, New Hampshire

This camp focuses on climbing bolted sport routes and learning to lead them. Many campers in our prior camps have led routes from 5.8 – 5.12 in difficulty.

It is appropriate for students who have enough climbing experience (either in a gym or outdoors) to be very comfortable with fundamental skills such as belaying, top-roping, and basic climbing movement. We highly recommend completing RockPro III prior to this camp, although it is not a requirement. There is less focus on introductory climbing techniques in this course and more emphasis on learning to lead bolted sport climbs.

Campers will learn many essential sport climbing skills including bolt placement and assessment, correct hanger clipping, lowering off, and transitioning to rappels from climbing.

FIRST ASCENTS! Campers frequently get to work with IFMGA guide Jon Tierney to select, clean, drill and place bolts on a few new routes in the Clifton Crags. And of course if you created it, you get to try to lead it and name it.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a climbing camp without lots of time on the rock honing your movement skills and learning new techniques & tricks to increase your climbing efficiency, either on lead or with the added mental security of a top-rope depending on what you & your guides think you’re ready for.

We highly recommend completing RockPro II prior to this although it is not required. If you have some climbing experience and would like to learn more about sport climbing technique then this is the course for you. The Quebec session will visit Maine’s largest sport climbing area in Clifton and then journey to climb on the white cliffs of southern Quebec along the Saint Lawrence waterway. Session II will travel to Rumney Rocks in New Hampshire. Both areas are known for their excellent sport climbing routes.

Sample Itinerary for Quebec/Clifton
Day 1: Travel to Kamouraska, Quebec, Camp on the shores of the Saint Lawrence.
Day 2 – 4: Kamouraska, Quebec for great sport climbing. Camp on the shores of the Saint Lawrence.
Day 5: Kamouraska, Quebec in a.m. for more sport climbing then return to Maine. Camp at Park’s Pond Campground.
Day 6: Climb some of Maine’s best steep face climbing in Clifton. Camp at Park’s Pond Campground.
Day 7: Return to Orono base and travel home or rest up for the next week of camp.

Day 1: Travel to Pawtuckaway State Park, NH (campers may be dropped off in NH if desired)
Day 2: Sample great bouldering and review core climbing principles.
Day 3 – 6: Travel to Rumney, NH for great sport climbing at New England’s most well known sport climbing crag.
Day 7: Return to Orono base and travel home or rest up for the next week of camp.

It is our goal to send RockPro III campers home with basic technical competencies related to sport climbing and a greater desire to climb more.

Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in public campgrounds (Mountain Pines Campground at Rumney or along the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Quebec) which have shower and bath facilities.

Overnight  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.

Tuition Includes
All meals and snacks

Transportation during camp
24 hour supervision by experienced camp staff with wilderness medicine training
PCIA or AMGA credentialed instructors

Download Equipment List for Rock Pro III 

Very Important
In order to travel to Quebec, Canada participants are required to have the following (which can be found here):

  • Waiver filled out
  • Letter of permission from parents
  • Valid Passport 

Meeting/ PIck up locations for RP III
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 8:00 a.m. Pick up will be at the same location at 1:00 pm. on the final day (Saturday).