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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 eight campers enroll. In the past we brought in renowned celebrity climbers. 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 outdoor rock climbing program. This year because we have 13 full activity days we will break up the climbing with water related activities such as swimming, white water rafting, white water kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and the possibility of windsurfing or ocean surfing, depending on conditions and camper interest . Local climber, Rick Harrell, will once again be head up our Rock Climbing Camp as program director which will include lots of local climbing plus three days at the legendary Smith Rocks in central Oregon, and a possible trek up the South Sister, time and conditions permitting. For Teens who are interested in rock climbing and adventure/water sports at their very best 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 corridor offers some of North America’s finest natural rock climbing. Each year climbers come from around the world to climb in this magnificent area.


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 and lots of refreshing water and adventure sports like 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 wonderful waterfall.