Teen Climbing Camp – Squamish
Have fun in the mountains while improving your climbing!
Duration: 3 Days
Bringing out the best in your child is what we do best here at MSAA, you’ll get the very best support from our trained and professional guides. Teen Climbing Camp is for ages 13-16. Learn rope skills, safety habits, belaying, develop climbing techniques, rappelling and more.
Our certified climbing guides set everything up and provide professional instruction. Designed to ensure the safety and climbing success of each participant.
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Please note: due to COVID-19 the overnight portion is no longer included
Our Teen Climbing Camp give your children the chance to explore different styles of climbing (top rope, lead, trad), learn rope skills, safety habits, and build climbing techniques. Our certified climbing guides set everything up and provide helpful advice along the way. Designed to ensure the safety and climbing success of each camper.
Teen Climbing Camp are geared towards teenagers between the ages of 13-16. Teenagers are closely supervised by highly trained adult guides while exploring the beauty of Squamish.
Squamish is located about halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. If you are driving from Vancouver International Airport, make your way north through the city towards North Vancouver. You will get on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99 North) and follow it north to the town of Squamish.
The teen climbing camps are located at Squamish Municipal Campground and from here we will walk to the best climbing spots in Squamish!
The fun doesn’t! We have a fun packed evening of activities and campfire games. Everyday is different so you will never get bored and will make plenty of new friends throughout your camp!
Camps include climbing tours and instruction, climbing gear rentals, and all safety equipment.
- Equipment and Use: fit for climbing shoes, harness, helmet.
- Environment : leave no trace and wildlife discussion.
- On site safety: outdoor rock climbing hazards and safety.
- Rock climbing terminology and commands.
- Essential climbing knots.
- Rock Climbing Movement : learn basic climbing techniques, balance, hold types, foot placements and more.
- Belaying and safely tying into the rope: current belay techniques using a belay device and gri-gri, getting others to safely belay you, safety checks.
- Rope management: Learn about ropes, what you should buy, how to coil your rope for storage and transport and rope handling at the outdoor crag.
- Rappelling skills: setting up a rappel with safety considerations such as route length, threading the anchor for rappel, rope end knots and prussic back-up.
- Morning meeting, weather, conditions and learning to use guidebooks and choosing a route
- Safety reminder: current hazards and safety protocols in rock climbing.
- Climbing: warm up
- Safety, commands and rope management review
- Climbing grades: Understanding different climbing grades and your ability.
- Route selection: Reading guidebooks, understanding the route topo.
- Tying in and Belaying review
- Threading and Lowering and/or Rappelling review
- Climbing: professional coaching and movement skills
- Introduction to trad climbing movement skills (finger, hand and foot jams in cracks and related skills)
- Culmination Day (applied skills) this day is designed to get in as much climbing as possible and for the students to ask any questions they might have thought of over the past 3 days.
What do I need to pack for camp?
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Weather varies from warm, dry days to cooler, rainy days. Daily temperatures at the camp in July and August range from 12-24 degrees Celsius (55-75 degrees Fahrenheit).
Bring a mix of summer clothing and warmer clothing for the cool nights and mountain activities. Bring a small backpack on outings to carry a water bottle and any extra layers in case the weather changes while we are out.
Sample Day Itinerary:
A typical day at camp comprises of two activities, one activity in the morning then another in the afternoon. Exceptional instruction from our trained guides, partnered with a remarkable location makes MSAA Kids Mountain Adventure Camp a unique and special place.
Day 1: Drop off location for the first day will be at the Squamish Municipal Campground.
Day 3: Pick-up location for the final day will be at the Squamish Municipal Campground.
Breakfast will be served by our guides to fuel the you ready for a full day of activities. Breakfast includes:
*please note breakfast will not be served on the first day of the camp
Worked up an appetite? It's time to replenish your energy stores ready for the afternoon activities. If you still have energy left the guide will be ready for a quick game or you can chat with new friends your have made!
Time for dinner - a different meal will be prepared by your guide each evening! We will also be serving a delicious pudding or you can stick with fruit if you prefer.
*dinner is not included on the final day
Campfires, quizzes and much more in the evening. Enjoy the evening with your new friends you have made during your days activities.
Time to chill out after a hard day full of fun activities! Then lights out and time to sleep before doing the same all over again tomorrow.
*please be aware that this is a sample itinerary, a full itinerary will be planned by MSAA shortly before the camp.