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Climbing Camp - Columbia Gorge Teen Camps

Camp Dates: July 7-16, Summer 2012
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Johann Gottfried Von Herder

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."

Pamela Vaull Starr

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."

Jan Mayer, camp director

"Rock Climbing  is the perfect  adventure sport for teens! It not only  increases self-confidence, but also  teaches trust and builds stronger, healthier bodies." 

Lynn Hill

“Climbing is a form of exploration. It’s a means of experiencing a state of consciousness where there are no distractions or expectations.”

C. JoyBell C.

“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.”

Kate Morton

“You make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."

The 3 Rules of Climbing

It's always further than it looks. It's always taller than it looks. And it's always harder than it looks.

Winston Churchill

"We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."


Our aim is to be the finest teen climbing camp in the world. We have a cooperative relationship with PROFESSIONAL CLIMBERS INTERNATIONAL, which puts us in a very unique position to bring one of the top climbers in the world to our climbing camp providing at least six campers enroll. In 2012 and 2013 we brought in both Beth Rodden and Lynn Hill. Both were enormously appreciated by our teen rock climbers. If you have not heard of them be sure and google them and you will be as impressed with not only their world class climbing abilities but their fine- tuned teaching abilities as well, and their love of youth. From our base camp along the COLUMBIA RIVER, we go out each day to different climbing areas in the Gorge. Instructors will cover the basics, and then move on to more advanced climbing skills. Most of our climbers are beginners to intermediates but we can accommodate advanced climbers as well. If you are an expert climber who competes regularly at the national level, this is probably NOT the climbing camp for you.


The heart of our camp is the climbing program. Campers will receive world class instruction from our amazing teachers and world class climbers. Rick Harrell will be heading up our 2014 program as program director which will include lots of local climbing, plus three days at Smith Rocks, ending the camp with a trek up Mt. St. Helens. For teens who are interested in climbing this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best, in one of nature's most splendid natural habitats. The Columbia Gorge offers some of North America's finest natural climbing and each year climbers come from around the world to climb here. 


Lynn Hill - Celebrity Climber

Most afternoons, after a day's climbing, we will return to our base camp at Lyle High School. There, campers can get a good shower, enjoy a fine dinner, participate in the evening program, sleep and enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast before heading out by van to the next climbing adventure. Our climbing focus is rounded out with traditional camping activities. We spend a half day every session to enjoy whitewater rafting on the nearby White Salmon River ... other excursions will see us cooling off with a swim in the mighty Columbia River, or hiking to a waterfall.