This is going to be great! This ten day summer camp will focus on climbing and fun. Come to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and go rock climbing with the Columbia Gorge Teen Climbing Camp. Climb at Smith rocks for three days with climbing legends Lynn Hill and Beth Rodden.
This year’s climbing camp has so much to offer for the beginning to intermediate level rock climber. Even if you’re an advanced rock climber we will find the right challenge for you. You will enjoy all the Gorge has to offer. Excellent sport and traditional climbing can be found all throughout the Gorge. After receiving your tent assignment and making some new friends we will head out to HorseThief Butte for our introduction to climbing outdoors. We will learn to belay a leader, rappel, build anchors and learn the techniques necessary to ascend vertical rock safely.
Each day is a different adventure. There are so many places to climb with such a variety of climbing available that it defies the imagination. Beacon Rock offers long multi-pitch traditional climbing on flawless rock while the Ozone offers bolted sport climbing at every level. We will visit and climb at various locations throughout the Gorge until we leave for Smith Rocks where we will climb with Lynn Hill and/or Beth Rodden. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. Lynn Hill, famous for her all free in a day ascent of the Nose route on El Captain will observe you climbing and offer tips and techniques to make you a better and more efficient climber. You will get a chance to hang with the big dogs! In our second session, August 1-10, we will climb with Beth Rodden at Smith Rocks.
Beth is one of the strongest and best female rock climbers in the world with many 5.14 first ascents. This girl really rocks!
While days at Smith Rocks in July and August can be very warm we will round out our days with some swimming and relaxing at nearby Steelhead Falls. Perhaps we will even get the chance to slackline across the falls!
When we return to the Gorge a day of R&R includes swimming at the popular Mosier pocket, Coburg beach on the Columbia, climbing Dog Creek Falls and a hike/swim down the spectacular Oneonta Gorge. There really is something for everyone in this camp. While all camps are focused on fun, safety is our number one concern. This camp will include professional instruction and all the basic tools and techniques necessary for safe climbing. You are expected to have your own harness, climbing shoes and personal anchor. All other climbing gear is provided by the camp.
So are you ready to rock? There’s a lot to see and do here in the Columbia River Gorge. I look forward to meeting you all and getting outside to do some climbing soon.
- Rick Harrell Climbing camp coordinator and instructor
Check out this video featuring celebrity climber Lynn Hill